Sophomore album, Sees The Light, out now on Hardly Art
In episode 9 of “The Gorburger Show,” you can watch La Sera’s Katy Goodman as the special guest. “The Gorburger Show” features comedian T.J. Miller as the voice of ‘Gorburger,’ who interviews (and threatens to kill and eat) popular bands including Dum Dum Girls, HEALTH, Tegan and Sara, The Mars Volta, and more.”What can I say about Gorburger,” said T.J. Miller. “Yes he is an alien monster who really has no personal boundaries or filter and knows very little about human culture– but he loves interviewing people and rarely eats his guests,” he added. “The Gorburger Show” is a unique, innovative approach to the talk show format: T.J. Miller voices the animatronic puppet live off-camera, controlling the puppet’s facial expressions via remote control. The Gorburger puppet was created by some of the best animatronics experts in the industry, whose credits include Hellboy and The Walking Dead. The series, produced by Funny Or Die, premiered on The Warner Sound in September 2012.
About La Sera
La Sera’s Sees The Light follows 2011’s masterful self-titled debut with ten new tracks of peppy break-up pop brimming with defiance and bitter sweetness. On album opener “Love That’s Gone,” the vocals and drumbeat linger for seconds, swaying in the wind while the guitar cuts through, charming you, pulling you by your shirt and telling you that it is time to move on. This is a break-up album for the best kinds of break-ups. There’s a lightness of touch, too, that surround the harmonies throughout and makes one yearn for the days of Donna Lynn, Julie Ruin and The Shirelles. But before you can settle into your seat, La Sera delivers a one-two punch – a rip of rolling snare and sending you speeding off in a fast car. Seize the light.
La Sera’s lyrics are smart but not heavy; phantasmal, like Daniel Johnston attending church every week of his teenage life, but with a bigger sophistication and a shiny, polished fidelity. Lead single “Please Be My Third Eye” buzzes with an intensity and beauty rarely heard outside the first three Vivian Girls albums. (Not so surprising: La Sera IS Katy Goodman IS one-third of Vivian Girls.) “I Can’t Keep You In My Mind” is Shop Assistants great – just a genius straightforward refrain and sympathetic guitars to play it through.
Where the first La Sera album was super-dreamy in its layered vocals, Sees The Light is more direct, more aggressive; almost a soundtrack to a lost drive-in movie classic. This is not an album for half-hearted partakers in the heartache scene: just an all-consuming love for punk as pop and pop as punk. Songs such as “Don’t Stay” soar away into the stratosphere, solemn and possessed of singular beauty. “Real Boy” is playfully driven in comparison: like being whisked away to a tropical island, while “Drive On” is tear-laden and full of hidden menace like a David Lynch film.
Sees The Light was recorded by Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, the Fall) in beautiful and hazy California.
12/13 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar *
* w/ Sea Lions, Jail Weddings, Massenger
Sees The Light
Street Date: March 26, 2012
Formats: CD / LP / Digital
Love That’s Gone
Please Be My Third Eye
I Can’t Keep You in My Mind
Break My Heart
It’s Over Now
How Far We’ve Come Now