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Katy Goodman Gets Aggressive

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Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 4:15 AM
click to enlarge La Sera's Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker - PHOTO BY JAKE MICHAELS
  • Photo by Jake Michaels
  • La Sera's Katy Goodman and Todd Wisenbaker
At the Foodlab in Silver Lake, Katy Goodman's ginger bangs hang over her eyes; it's her trademark look. But in recent times everything else - including the direction of her music and personal life - have changed. 

Sporting a hoodie with a pair of fashionable cross trainers, Goodman looks more L.A. chic than DIY punk. Focused on her side-project La Sera, she's also now the former bassist of Brooklyn's Vivian Girls - who recently called it quits after seven years, three albums, and near legendary status on the DIY punk scene. 

Vivian Girls were based in New York, but Goodman has lived in L.A. for a number of years, and is now back home in Silver Lake following the final Vivian Girls performances. Their last L.A. show was particularly wild. "L.A.'s always had a wild audience," says Goodman, referring to the Church on York farewell gig - where the security was, um, quite permissive. 

click to enlarge Vivian Girls - The Church on York - 2/14/14 - PHOTO BY LEONARD DRORIAN
  • Photo by Leonard Drorian
  • Vivian Girls - The Church on York - 2/14/14
Sitting down to chat over chocolate cake, Goodman cuts off any questioning relating to the Vivian Girls breakup. "I'm not going to talk about that," she says, while picking away at the frosting and awaiting the arrival of her boyfriend and lead guitar player, Todd Wisenbaker, who helped produce La Sera's latest album.

Hour of the Dawn, set for release on May 13, reflects Goodman's desire to shed the baggage of her past. "My life has really changed in the past two years," she says. Now 29, she no longer plays video games - her former favorite pastime. She's also not the nostalgic type. When asked about a possible Vivian Girls reunion, she responds: "Coachella 2030!" 

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