Brooklyn dream-pop outfit the Vivian Girls broke up at the start of 2014 but they’re back with a new album, Memory, the first since 2011’s Share the Joy. We chatted with Ali Koehler about it all…
L.A. WEEKLY: It’s so awesome to have you back. Why now for a reunion?
ALI KOEHLER: We all felt like we had had enough distance from the burnout of touring so extensively. We all love each other and making music together. Life’s too short not to do stuff you love.
Memory is about to drop — how do you think the band has evolved in the eight years since Share the Joy?
We’ve all grown a lot and have more life experience under our belts. We were in our early 20s at the inception of the band, so it’s nice to be in a different head space.
The world went to shit while you were away — that must have impacted the songwriting….?
Politics don’t consciously play a part in the songwriting, but the political climate undeniably hangs over us all indefinitely.
What can we expect from the L.A. set?
A nice mix of old and new songs.
When these shows are done, what else do you have coming up?
More writing!
Vivian Girls play with Reckling at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 4 at the Regent Theater; then with Great Grandpa and Reckling at 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 5 at the Observatory.

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