SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR – Biography
Indie force of nature Skipping Girl Vinegar have returned from the U.S. to officially launch their anticipated third album The Great Wave at Bluesfest in April 2015. Celebrated songwriters, the band have released two critically acclaimed albums to date; Sift the Noise and Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey that made many ‘Album of the Year’ lists, receiving extensive radio play on U.S. college radio, Triple J, ABC and community radio nationwide, as well as thrilling audiences at many of Australia’s premier festivals including Splendour In The Grass, Falls, Woodford, Bluesfest and more.
Charting on the U.S. CMJ charts with their Chase The Sun EP, the band were invited to play the CMJ Music Festival in New York in October 2012 alongside showcases in Los Angeles & Nashville. The subsequent U.S. tour saw them climb the CMJ charts, featuring seven weeks inside the Top 100 with numerous #1 and #2 positions across the U.S. including 46 Top 10s.
In 2014, Legendary U.S. producer Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Missy Higgins) flew from Nashville to Australia specifically to work with SGV on their upcoming third full-length after hearing the album demos, with the band taking the world-class producer out of the big studio environment to record in tin sheds and abandoned halls along the very same Victorian coastline that so heavily influenced the writing of the album.
A testament to love, The Great Wave is a sonic explosion of colour, capturing the move away from city, the heart-break of a cancer diagnosis, the search for hope and light in the depths of critical life challenges and the journey into recovery.
The Great Wave will be officially released nationally at Byron Bay Bluesfest on the 2nd to 6th of April.
“Album of the year? It’s going to be hard to top. Deep & dark and it will haunt you.” - JB MAG
“An intricate work of art… deadly serious compositions, the lyrics dark, winding corridors of meaning.”- Herald Sun
“An indie force of nature”, ‘Album of the Year Finalist’- The Age
“Album of the Year. SGV deliver an edgy pop masterpiece- 4.5 Stars”- Jeff Jenkins, Inpress
“Blending Springsteen-esque hope with Luke Steele otherworldliness tracks roar with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club infused energy with Lang’s lyrical strengths on show – 4 Stars”- Rolling Stone (August, 2011)
”Skipping Girl Vinegar are right on the money with their sophomore album. Subtle and adventurous… This is clever and original which is what good songwriting should be” – Sunday Mail
”Dreamy Soundscapes… Haunting Melodies… full of heartache and hope”- Rave
“A wonderful exhibition of the group’s ability to paint masterpieces with each stroke”- The Dwarf
“You find highlight after highlight, deep under the layers of the melody- 4.5 Stars”- Time Off Magazine
“Like a diver you can swim deep into this satisfying release. Part joyful, part rock’n’roll, grown from the experience of life balanced by the healing powers of music… It hinges on Lang’s vocal landscapes and thought out lyric…What cries out is a voice, an understanding and an ability to draw from life a new, uniquely genuine experience.” Canberra Times
Skipping Girl Vinegar are:
Chris Helm – Drums, BV’s, Melodica
Kelly Lane – Violin, BV’s, Percussion, Keyboards
Mark Lang – Vocals, Guitar, Banjo, Soundscape Textures
Sare Lang – Bass, BV’s, Percussion
Amanthi Lynch – Piano, Keyboards, BV’s, Percussion
Additional musicians / the ramblin’ hobos are:
Paris Gadsden: Trombone
Rowan Austin: Trumpet
Andy Hazel: Percusion, BV’s, Good Vibes
John Bedggood: Additional Violin, Viola and Soundscape Textures
Nick Huggins: Slide Guitar, Additional Keyboards and Soundscape Textures
Greg Arnold: Additional Piano, keyboards
“At a time when pop is becoming more disposable, Skipping Girl Vinegar are the real deal” - Music Australia Guide
“Most impressive DIY band in OZ” – Sydney Telegraph
“In an age of downloads and ringtones, Skipping Girl Vinegar stand out from the pack”- Rip It Up
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