Indie five-piece Skipping Girl Vinegar have returned from the U.S. to officially launch their anticipated third album The Great Wave out into the universe at Bluesfest 2015. Festival Director Peter Noble says, “This has ‘hit’ written all over it. A great record that deserves to be a Top 10 hit worldwide.”

“The last two years have seen us travel from the heights of radio and agents, opening up for bands in the U.S. to the crashing heartbreak of my wife being diagnosed with ovarian cancer” says lead singer/songwriter, Mark Lang. “We put the record and everything else on hold, went to ground and focused all our love and energy onto her, and thankfully – we are one of the fortunate ones. What I valued and prioritised previously had now shifted, affecting the very core of how I wanted to communicate through music”

Legendary U.S. producer Brad Jones (Josh Rouse, Missy Higgins) flew from Nashville to Australia specifically to work with SGV after hearing the album demos. Taking a world-class producer out of a big studio environment to record in tin sheds and abandoned halls along the Victorian coast was a rich experience.  “There was a raw honesty recording the album this way – by the ocean that inspired so much of the album. The natural elements of the coastal winds and breaking waves so close outside provided a rich filmic quality beneath the recordings. Brad dived right into the experience, his guidance and belief in the project helped take us into deeper waters, creating the most emotionally direct album of our career,” says Mark.

A testament to love, The Great Wave is a sonic explosion of colour, capturing the move away from city, the heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis, the search for hope and light in the depths of critical life challenges and the journey into recovery. This album is arguably the band’s greatest work to date and will be deeply meaningful to many.

The Great Wave will be officially launched in Melbourne at The Melbourne Arts Centre on May 2nd 2015. For tickets visit http://www.skippinggirlvinegar.com/melbourne-album-launch-arts-centre-melbourne-0205/