Courtesy of the good folks over at Pitchfork.tv, here’s another great song with a sweet original video by Brooklyn band the Vivian Girls. I don’t usually post two videos in a row by the same band, but I have a few reasons for doing so here.
Reason #1: I’m excited about this band.
These ladies have captured a sound that is both reverent to rock’s past while also sounding refreshingly new. They seamlessly blend styles to produce a confident, fun, and powerful sound that works on many levels.
Reason #2: This video is funny.
I love the sense of humor displayed in this video, especially the part where the girls are “running” from rubber bats on strings. They also show a nice I-don’t-give-a-fuck rock ‘n’ roll attitude that you just don’t see from a lot of all girl bands these days.
Reason #3: The band is named after a Henry Darger work.
A while back, I posted a show recommendation for Tilly and the Wall, along with a video of them performing “Lost Girls,” a song inspired by Henry Darger. Darger has become one of the most famous outsider artists in the world, his works selling for more money than any other in his genre. His story is full of mysteries which will never be fully answered, and that makes him all the more intriguing. Darger was a janitor who lived in Chicago. He was by all accounts a quiet man who rarely spoke to anyone, going back to his small apartment at night to continue his secret work on an epic 15,000 page novel titled The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinnian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion. He also composed huge watercolor collages to illustrate his work, some of which contained images of extreme violence against young children, but others which showed a quiet beauty and an amazing yet untrained eye for composition. Darger toiled away on these works, among others, for decades, all the while keeping his work a secret from everyone. It was only discovered when Darger fell ill and was taken to the hospital. His landlord, a member of the Chicago art community, entered his apartment while Darger lay on his death bed and immediately knew he had found something amazing. Legend has it that, when the landlord told Darger that he had found his work, Darger said simply “It’s too late” before passing away. So the Vivian Girls gave me an excuse to talk about Henry Darger, which is cool.
Reason #4: I don’t have to explain myself to you.
I mean, really, just who the hell do you think you are? Good day!
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