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Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey - Skipping Girl Vinegar
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LABEL: Independent
RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2012
FORMATS: CD / Digital

Band Members

Chris Helm: Drums, backing vocals, and melodica
Kelly Lane: Violin, backing vocals, percussion, and keyboards
Mark Lang: Vocals, guitar, banjo, and soundscape textures
Sare Lang: Bass, backing vocals, and percussion
Amanthi Lynch: Piano, keyboards, backing vocals, and percussion


Up-and-coming indie darlings, Skipping Girl Vinegar, are one of Australia’s most talked about bands. Childhood friends and celebrated songwriters, they have released two critically acclaimed albums in their homeland, Sift the Noise and Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey that made many ‘Album of the year' lists. Both albums have received extensive radio play on national Australian youth network Triple J and championed by ABC and major alternative radio nationwide. Where hi-fi swagger meets low-fi sway, Skipping Girl Vinegar have carved out their own heart-warming, hobo-pop sound that is testament to the band’s old-world authenticity and song craft. Skipping Girl Vinegar release their Chase the Sun EP into the USA on the 25th ofJune that hints at whats to come from their critically acclaimed album Keep Calm Carry the Monkey due for release into the USA later this year.

Skipping Girl Vinegar has played many of Australia's premier festivals including packed shows at Splendour In The Grass, The Falls Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Sunset Sounds, Pyramid Rock, Port Fairy Folk Festival. SGV have also supported the likes of The Lemonheads, Something for Kate, Shout Out Louds, Missy Higgins, Angus & Julia Stone. SGV have performed numerous times on national television and their film clips have received critical acclaim (Including 5 times 'Indie Clip Of The Week' on Australia's premier TV program RAGE).

Recently charting on the U.S. CMJ charts with their 'Chase The Sun' EP (2012), the band have been invited to play the CMJ Music Festival in New York in October this year alongside showcases in Los Angeles & Nashville. Whilst in the U.S. Skipping Girl Vinegar begin recording their third album with legendary producer Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Missy Higgins) and release their Keep Calm, Carry the Monkey LP into the U.S (Mon, 22nd October 2012).


“An intricate work of art… deadly serious compositions, the lyrics dark, winding corridors of meaning.” - Herald Sun

“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)

"You find highlight after highlight, deep under the layers of the melody- 4.5 Stars” - Time Off Magazine


May 23rd. 2012. Jason Strange for The AU Review

Melbourne's favorite cafe folk band Skipping Girl Vinegar have finally released the long awaited second album, oddly titled Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey.

The album starts off where Sift the Noise ended. Sweet melodies and friendly tunes. But as you dig deeper into the album, you begin to notice the changes to the band’s sound. “Central Station” has a lonesome country ballad feel to it musically, but lyrically almost comes across as performance poetry. The tracks tend to have a darker edge running through them unlike their debut record which was more light and feel good. This record doesn't allow you to sing along but really listen and take notice of the songs and admire it's beauty in it's shadows.

“Hand To Hold” has an indie lo-fi feel to it complete with raucous breakdowns which is a massive shift in sound for Skipping Girl Vinegar. "Castles Full Of Storms" is a more melancholy affair with it's dirge like keys and use of haunting string for a more sorrowful atmosphere. A beautifully haunted track. "One Long Week" is more of the Skipping Girl Vinegar style which won people over on the first record. Light and airy with a catchy beat and tale of their whirlwind year last year where time flew by so fast it had only seemed like a week had passed and not twelve months.

Having worked some of this record in Nashville, the country influence seeps through. “Hell Out Of Town” is tub thumping tale of a villain on the run for cutting a man down. The album shifts again with the rocking “Wasted”, which is all about drinking and hangovers! before ending with the beautiful “Heart Does Ache”. The album also features the talents of singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith and is first full length disc with violinist Kelly Lane.

This is still a beautifully constructed album. While Sift The Noise was light, Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey is dark. It's as if the band peeled away the layer of the first record and discovered a darker underbelly. This release definitely adds more weight and substance to the bands catalogue and I look forward to hearing the mix of songs now in their live set.

Review Score: 7/10

November 13th, 2012. By Tiffology for crayonbeats.com

While there are songs that have a positive, happy energy, with poppy melodies, and bright harmonies, there is a chunk of the album where songs are more on the dark and sad side. It makes for a great balance, on this excellent album.

For example, “Central Station” is a story of a lost man, who escapes from the things that trouble him. The somber mood is powered by delicate guitar plucks and an eerie instrumental. Mark Lang belts out rock-infused vocals of desperation in “Hell Out Of Town”, that follows that same man’s abrupt exit from town, but feels a bit more hasty and panicky. “Moose Took Me Deep” is a dismal, 1-minute instrumental that would seemingly suit the train ride and deep thoughts of this man. These are just a few that take you down the dark-lit alleys of Mark Lang’s mind.

Mark Lang is a superb singer that can easily shift between moods, taking you arm-in-arm with him on his emotional, story-telling rides. With the help of his bandmates, too, of course. There are elements of pop, folk, and rock’n'roll, that you’re sure to enjoy.


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