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Formidable Vegetable Sound System Go On Tour Off The Back of New Album, 'Grow Do It'

Wednesday 10 August 2016

Formidable Vegetable Sound System Go On Tour Off The Back of New Album, 'Grow Do It'

Get ready to do gardening while grooving along to the beat as avant-garde ecological electroswing band Formidable Vegetable Sound System hit the road this September through October, in support of their album, Grow Do It, due for release on September 2. Riding in their veggie oil-powered van, Formidable Vegetable Sound System will be performing in Sydney, Daylesford, Castlemaine, Canberra, Melbourne, Mount Gambier, Adelaide, Kalgoorlie and Perth.

Recently, the band announced their quirky new single Kimchi, out August 19. Explosive and tempting fun, Kimchi boasts a funky zest of cabbagy-swing, created by fusing 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 serving 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!”

Kimchi is complemented by an appropriately eccentric video, 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 spawns some seriously clever tunes that both kids and adults can relate to. 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!”

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!)”.

Get your tickets, enjoy and listen to what will be your next cool gardening theme songs only from Formidable Vegetable Sound System.