Christmas time is upon us once again and while most of us are finishing for the year and are planning our holidays, SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR thought they would head out on the road again to end the year in full Christmas spirit. Inspired by their favourite Seinfeld episode, the gang found the theme for their The Festivus For the Rest of Us tour which will live up to the plot of the episode with “a nut-bag annual celebration where they replace the family Christmas tree with an aluminium pole and have family fun events such as ‘the airing of grievances’ and family wrestling matches called ‘feats of strength.’”
This laidback approach is a reflection of the band’s attitude to music at the moment. The band are fresh from playing at the Queenscliff Music Festival in Victoria and have been locked away at a beach house along the Great Ocean Road for the best part of this year working on a new album.
I’m able to steal frontman Mark Lang from the studio to enlighten me on how the as yet untitled album is coming along. “We like what’s happening at the moment. It’s been nice being away from the city and being in your own space out here without any distractions,” he says.
When I last spoke to Lang back in February the band were, by their own admission, exhausted, worn out and broke but had found the time to record their new single One Long Week. Since then, apart from a few gigs in Melbourne and Sydney and an appearance at Splendour, the band have been happily recording at their beach house and putting the final touches on the new album.
Lang says that this setting has directly influenced his style of writing as he has been in a better headspace. “The other day we were getting frustrated in the studio and things were not progressing at all. Then I suggested to the band that we take a break and have a swim in the rock pool by the beach. When we came back it was like we had no issues at all and we worked better together than we had all day.”
The band have also wanted to maintain a live presence since they want the chance to sample some of their new songs live. “At Queenscliff we played one of our new songs called Here She Comes and it’s always nice workshopping songs that people don’t know yet.”
However, Lang intends to get the songs for the album ready for our consumption early in the new year in Nashville with producer Brad Jones. “I’m looking forward to heading over to Nashville to mix the album with Brad. We had a really good time working together on Sift The Noise so it’ll be nice to head back over there,” he says. “At this stage the album should be out in May.”
In the meantime, Skipping Girl Vinegar will play at the Street Theatre on Saturday December 11 with Lady Grey supporting. Tickets are $20 from the Venue Box Office on 6247 1223 or at www.thestreet.org.au. Doors open 8pm.