Since joining all female-punk trio Vivian Girls during the spring of 2007 Katy Goodman’s DIY-style bass playing and drifty-faded vocals have sent waves of adoration rippling throughout Brooklyn’s pop punk circuit. Her newest band La Sera showcases her signature style bringing her talent for creating dreamy-pop songs even more to the forefront.
After touring the world with Vivian Girls, releasing a handful of well-received records, and starting record label Wild World with her band mates, Katy started exploring other outlets. She experimented with dream-pop band, All Saints Day in the Spring of 2010 and released a self titled limited-edition 7″ filled with dreamy-pop songs on indie label Art Fag earlier this year.
In February 2010, Katy started working on some fresh material that inspired the formation of her brand new band, La Sera. Her inspiration sprung from an attraction to early pop hits from the 1950’s and ethereal choral vocals. Her new songs overflow with a softer less aggressive sound than the Vivian Girls and contain warm celestial-pop melodies that echo with the dreamlike effect of a church choir.
Recording with a tambourine, guitar and layers upon layers of heavenly vocals she started sending her songs to filmmaker/music producer Brady Hall (the director of Vivian Girls videos “Moped Girls,” and “When I’m Gone”) who immediately wanted to collaborate and dove in to re-recording her rough material himself. After hearing his finished work Katy flew to Seattle and the two recorded all the vocals, mixed the songs and filmed two Le Sera music videos at Brady’s home studio.
Hardly Art will release La Sera’s first original material on November 16th via a 7″ featuring the album track “Never Come Around” and exclusive b-side “Behind Your Eyes”, which will be followed by a debut full-length in early 2011 (release date tbd). La Sera will also have a cover of “Watch Me Jumpstart” on an upcoming Guided By Voices tribute comp.
La Sera’s members currently include: Katy Goodman, Jenn Prince (on guitar) and Brady Hall (on drums/vocals and keyboard) who will perform at CMJ this October. Other shows include a west coast tour with No Joy in early November along with more tour dates TBA after the record’s release.
10/19 New York, NY Irving Plaza *
10/21 Brooklyn, NY Shea Stadium (Hardly Art / Insound CMJ Party)
10/22 New York, NY Pianos (Force Field PR CMJ Showcase)
11/01 Seattle, WA Sunset Tavern #
11/02 Portland, OR Holocene #
11/03 San Francisco, CA Hemlock Tavern #
11/04 Los Angeles, CA The Smell #
* = w/ Jenny and Johnny
# = w/ No Joy
Never Come Around 7″
Street date: Nov. 16, 2010
Pre-order it here
A: Never Come Around
B: Behind Your Eyes
LA SERA LINKS:
MySpace – http://www.myspace.com/iamkatygoodman
Label – http://www.hardlyart.com