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Vivian Girls break up, playing farewell shows

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Pitchfork Magazine reported on Wednesday, January 22, that New York all-female punk band Vivian Girls will officially be parting ways with each other.

The band made the announcement on their website and Facebook page that after seven years, three full-length albums, and multiple underground hit singles, that “the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace.”

“It's been an experience that we'll look back on and cherish and we'd like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you,” the statement continues. “Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, everyone who has come to our shows, bought our records and supported us, and everyone we will meet in the future.”

Vivian Girls got their start in 2007 with Cassie Ramone (guitar/vocals), Katy Goodman (bass/drums/vocals), and Frankie Rose (drums/bass/vocals), quickly making a name for themselves within the Brooklyn music scene. After releasing their self-titled debut album in 2008, the band parted ways with Rose and gained Ali Koehler on drums. In 2009, the band released their second album, ‘Everything Goes Wrong,’ and again parted ways with their drummer. Fiona Campbell replaced Koehler in 2010, and the band released their final album, ‘Share the Joy,’ in 2011. Koehler rejoined the band in 2012.

The band will be playing three farewell shows in the coming months, including two New York shows. On February 14, they will take the stage at Church on York in Los Angeles, California. The band will then play a sold out show at Death by Audio in Brooklyn, New York on March 1. Since the first show sold out, a second show has been announced for March 2 at Baby’s All Right, also in Brooklyn.

This isn’t the last you will hear of Vivian Girls, as all of the members will be working on their own projects; Katy Goodman has been working on solo music as La Sera, Cassie Ramone is in a band called The Babies, and Ali Koehler now fronts Upset.

The full announcement can be read on Facebook and the Vivian Girls website, where you can still find the band’s videos. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.