I can tell you that the first time I heard La Sera's self-titled debut album, it was such a relief to hear this lushy dreampop sound from Vivian Girls' Katy "Kickball Katy" Goodman. I love it, but I have always thought it was just a one-off side project, that is until I saw that she just released Sees The Light in March 2012 via Hardly Art Records.
If you haven't heard the new album, check out these free MP3s:
"Please Be My Third Eye"
"Break My Heart"
As I understand it, while the debut album was dreamy with layered vocals, Sees The Light is more like an aggressive soundtrack to a drive-in movie.
When asked about her influences, Goodman said, "My main musical influence is definitely '60s pop - The Shirelles, Roy Orbison and The Beatles. I love writing two-minute pop songs with big choruses and a lot of seventh chords."
The "two-minute pop song" and "oldies" sound is right-on as Dan, who caught them at SXSW 2012 reported this: "La Sera: Good 4 piece pop band from Los Angeles. They play three minute pop songs with jangly guitars. Both guitarists can play lead; one tends to favor a surf sound in his solos. Think The Ventures
and you get the idea. I'm having a hard time judging her voice.
She is buried in the mix. I do like them and will hear most
of the set."
La Sera's big tour starts today, October 10th:
10.10.12 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room +
10.13.12 - Austin, TX - Red 7 (free show) #
10.15.12 - Houston, TX - Bronze Peacock +
10.16.12 - Dallas, TX - Cambridge Room +
10.17.12 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks +
10.18.12 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West +
10.19.12 - Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle +
10.20.12 - Washington, DC - Black Cat +
10.21.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer +
10.23.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg +
10.24.12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom +
10.25.12 - Boston, MA - Paradise +
10.26.12 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret Mile End +
10.27.12 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace +
10.28.12 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick +
10.30.12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall +
10.31.12 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line +
11.01.12 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr. +
11.02.12 - Denver, CO - Bluebird +
11.03.12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge +
11.04.12 - Boise, ID - The Crux
11.06.12 - Vancouver, BC - Waldorf Hotel
11.07.12 - Seattle, WA - Vera Project
11.08.12 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios %
11.10.12 - San Francisco, CA - Preservation Hall
+ - w/ Father John Misty
# - w/ Lower Dens, Dennifer Castle
% - w/ JD Samson and MEN, EMA