Formidable Vegetable Sound System Announce New Album & Tour

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Quite possibly the only band to promote the joys of gardening through dance music, Formidable Vegetable Sound System have today announced their quirky new single Kimchi, a potent yet tasty morsel that celebrates the fermented Korean cabbage, out August 19.  In addition to this, the group will release their boogie-inducing new album Grow Do It on September 2.  To celebrate, the band will be hitting the road in their veggie oil-powered van to play some all ages shows,kicking off in Daylesford on September 2, moving through Castlemaine, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Mount Gambier, Adelaide, Kalgoorlie and finishing up in Perth on October 2.

Explosive and irresitibly fun, Kimchi boasts a funky zest of cabbagy-swing, created through the perfect balance of acoustic and electronic dance influences. Featuring Charlie Mgee, Mal Webb (Lano and Woodley) as well as the biodynamic rhythms of legendary NZ drummer, Michael Barker (John Butler Trio/The Black Sorrows), Kimchi is the first taste of the delicious new album Grow Do It.  Of the track, Mgee says, It’s basically a recipe of how to make it yourself so that everyone can experience how awesome it is!  The food-ninja challenge is getting past the smell, but once you’ve achieved that, everlasting deliciousness is your reward!”

The video for Kimchi is appropriately eccentric, featuring the fermenty-superhero ‘Kimchi Mgee’ making kimchi from scratch, perfectly in time with the song.  Directed by Kiran Wilson (Jasper Jones, These Final Hours), the vibrant clip also features zany animation by Daniel Fowler.  Commenting on the creative clip, Mgee laughs, “While filming the clip I ended up getting covered from head to toe in cabbage, radish and chilli sauce, which is not the most comfortable thing to wear on a 45-degree midsummer’s day in Perth!”

If Kimchi is the entrée, Grow Do It is the undeniable main course.  Eco-concious yet supremely joyous, Grow Do It features some seriously clever tunes that both kids and adults will cherish.  Ideally listened to while doing the gardening, or preparing the fruits of your labour, the album features the hot and spicy beats of renowned Australian producer Spoonbill (DubFX & Opiuo).  Thrilled to release the album, Mgee enthuses, I decided to write a kids album after our first world tour in 2013.  I spent about a day in a little cabin in the bush near Woodburn in NSW recording silly rhymes about chickens, sweet potatoes and compost and then slowly turned them into songs.  I wanted to make the songs sound super awesome so that everyone – kids and adults – could have a boogie!”

As a band that has served up sonic banquets at festivals and shows in over 14 countries, the members of Formidable Vegetable Sound System are no strangers to silver-service dance-party catering.  Having performed everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to the local farmer’s markets, the band are more than prepared to deliver on their Grow Do It album tour.  Excited to be hitting the road in their environmentally friendly tour van, running on used oil sourced from various fish n chip shops on their journey, Mgee says, “The shows will be full of the worlds’ maddest chicken impersonations, hyperactive trombones, trumpets and violins, songs about dirt, eating weeds, recycling and lots of crazy dancing (on and off stage!)”

*****FORMIDABLE VEGETABLE SOUND SYSTEM ‘GROW DO IT’ TOUR DATES*****

FRI 2 SEPT | DAYLESFORD TOWN HALL, VIC | ALL AGES 
SAT 3 SEPT | THEATRE ROYAL, CASTLEMAINE, VIC | ALL AGES 
FRI 9 SEPT | CAMELOT, MARRICKVILLE, NSW | ALL AGES
SAT 10 SEPT | CANBERRA MUSICIANS CLUB, ACT | ALL AGES
SUN 11 SEPT | THE SPOTTED MALLARD, BRUNSWICK, VIC | ALL AGES
SAT 17 SEPT | MT GAMBIER CITY HALL, SA | ALL AGES
SUN 18 SEPT | THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH, ADELAIDE, SA | ALL AGES
WED SEP 21  |  HANNANS CLUB, KALGOORLIE, WA  |  ALL AGES 
SUN 2 OCT | PERMAFEST – SWAN VALLEY ADVENTURE CENTRE, PERTH, WA | ALL AGES | FREE ENTRY

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