Skipping Girl Vinegar
The Skipping Girl Vinegar story goes that after the success of their debut single ‘One Chance’, the Melbourne buzz band was offered serious cash to sign on with the major labels. But they said no, instead releasing their first album Sift The Noise in 2008 on their own label Secret Fox and licence it to Melbourne label Popboomerang with distribution through MGM.
Taking the independent route has allowed them to both maintain full creative control (and their souls) and make beautiful, organic alt-pop that answers to no one bar themselves. Sift The Noise scored great reviews and sent the band bouncing round the country playing a myriad of festivals (Splendour, Falls et al) and supports (Missy Higgins, Angus & Julia Stone).
Since then, the band - brother/sister duo Mark and Sare Lang, Chris Helm, Amanthi Lynch and Kelly Lane – have channelled all that live experience into their, er, creatively-titled sophomore album Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey. Written across two continents and recorded on the Victorian coast, Keep Calm Carry The Monkey was mixed in Nashville by legendary indie engineer Brad Jones and produced by Melbourne indie-wiz Nick Huggins [Kid Sam, Whitley], Caleb James [Yves Klein Blue], Greg Arnold [Stonefield]. It’s a little darker, a little more country but just as compelling when it comes to delivering the goods.