Katy Goodman Talks New La Sera Album and the Future of Vivian Girls

Katy Goodman is best known for her work with hyper-punk rock band Vivian Girls and her more atmospheric solo project La Sera. Recently, she branched out with a spacey new musical project called Books of Love, a duo with Gold Motel/Hush Sound’s Greta Morgan. While they only have one song readily available for public consumption (which you can hear below), her new project finds her dipping into ’60s bubble-gum style pop. And it works. Hive recently spoke with Goodman’ about the intentions of Books of Love,  La Sera’s upcoming third record, the future of her other band, Vivian Girls.

Your new project, Books of Love has a single out. It’s about falling in love with an extra-dimensional extraterrestrial. Have you ever seen an alien in real life?

No, I have not.

Do you think that extraterrestrials exist?

Yes, of course!

Do you think that they’d be friendly like E.T. or mean like the giant bug monsters from Alien?

The odds that they’d have the same exact conscious level that we do would be rare. They might just be like amoebas somewhere. Or they might be better than us. That they would be just like people and would be friendly is a stretch to me.

Is Books of Love an on going project?

For now, we’re just taking it one song at a time. The reason it started is because I wrote the song, “Space Time,” just to break up things. It was sitting around for a while and Greta Morgan and I became friends this year. We just hit it off and we were like “Let’s make a song together.” I was like, “I have this song about space-time. Let’s record it together!” and we recorded it the next day. There will be more Books of Love songs, because it’s just so fun. You saw the video?

Yeah, it’s hilarious!

We made the video in a day. It was super easy and fun. I love working with Greta. She’s like a little angel. We already have another song written. I don’t know if it will be the next song to come out, but it is called “Dark Matter.” It’s about dark matter. So far, they’re all space related. I think there’s going to be more that are math based and maybe get into history.

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