Brooklyn-based four piece Vivienne Eastwood first came to our attention this fall, after the release of their fantastic Shook EP. Immediately enamored, we went on a quest to find out more about this crew. Our discoveries are recorded below – we hope you enjoy them. If you haven’t heard Shook yet, we recommend it highly. You’ll be smitten as soon as you hear the opening track, just as we were.
How and when was the band formed? Vivienne Eastwood started around 2012. I moved into an apartment on Grand St in Williamsburg. (LG from the band Dead Leaf Echo was moving out and I got his old room!) I didn’t realize it at first, but I was right around the corner from my friend Jenny's apartment. She had a drum set at her place and her neighbors didn't seem to mind too much when we would play. So most of the Viv East songs started out as just guitar and drum jams. I had been playing electronic music for a while prior to this, and it felt good to dig out some old distortion and chorus pedals and focus on guitar based music.
A little while later my friend Lindsay joined us playing synthesizer. She played bass lines and lead parts at the same time on a Roland Juno 1, and sang harmony, and it sounded rad! We shot a music video in the Hamptons for our song “Facelift”. Lindsay moved to LA, and we slowed down for a bit… continued to write songs. One time we played a show at Cake Shop that was just Jenny and I. Eventually, our friend Bailey started playing bass with us, and we asked this guy Phil to play lead guitar with us. We released an EP in October called Shook and we play shows around Brooklyn pretty frequently.
Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (new releases, tour, etc.)? We’re working on a music video for our song “Nons” which will likely feature some really cool aquarium footage! Bailey and Phil have a ton of cool images worked up for merch, so we hope to have some real slick t-shirts soon. Jenny has been getting pretty deep into electronic music, she’s been working on a side project called “Alien Kisses,” which sounds real dark and synthy!
Besides that, we have a bunch of new material that we’ve been working on in this new lineup. We’re starting to organize the material into two categories: “fuzzy” and “jangly.” I’ve been playing around with the idea of releasing two different albums, one for each sound or style, so watch out for that! And we’re all getting our passports renews so that we can do a world tour in 2017!!