Mother Vinegar

Mother Vinegar

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Blending a potent mix of rock, funk, reggae, jazz, bluegrass, and violent heavy metal into a totally unique stew. Mother Vinegar's intense original sound has been described as "Tom Waits and Ravi Shankar being sexually assaulted by Joe Satriani and Gibby Haynes."

Biography

Mother Vinegar is a hard rock band from Asheville, North Carolina featuring the music of Karl Engelmann, who is also the leader of popular midwest rock group Ali Baba's Tahini. Engelmann is best known as the author of several concert staples performed by popular progressive rock band Umphrey's McGee (guitarist Jake Cinninger is also a member of Ali Baba's Tahini with Engelmann).

Mother Vinegar was founded in 2005 by Engelmann and Kevin Cassels, author of the The Pharmer's Almanac - a cult-favorite biography of Phish. Engelmann, Cassels, and guitarist Tommy Dennison actually began performing together in early 2004, but officially formed Mother Vinegar with the addition of former Big Block Dodge bassist Jeff Hinkle in the summer of 2005.

The band were signed to Asheville's Monkey Fuzz Records in 2005, and released their self-titled debut album in December.

A promoter caught their very first concert and immediately hired them as the headlining band at the Roxaway Music Festival, bumping the original headliner out of its spot. The band's 5th show ever was playing in front of 1,000 opening for Umphrey's McGee. Two months later, the band headlined the moe. NYE aftershow (moe. used the band's drumset at their show). Gigs followed with the SeepeopleS, Outformation, and others.

In October 2006, they were chosen as one of 10 out of 135 applicants to participate in the regional Rocktoberfest Battle of the Bands.

The band has performed nearly 60 original songs within their first year together, and has never performed a cover song.

Lyrics

Gypsum Cave

Written By: Karl Engelmann

Back in the bloody, bloody city where the heads will roll, they got an alabaster stone walled room
They got drinks for a nickel and dancing girls that take you out back for a dime
They got murder at the banquet and glasses of wine, they got lonely people falling asleep
And just when you're thinking that the night is young, they shoot the showcased gun on the wall

The floor is black from the shoes of Pagans
No one inside is saved
What can you do...that's the way they like it
Inside the gypsum cave

It's a free-for-all of flesh and a hill of cocaine that towers high over the bar
When it's closing time and the lights go out, they tunnel like ants on a hill
Now there ain't no beds or places to crash, just a blanket and a whole wheat stash
You don't have to eat and you don't have to sleep and you don't even have to come back

The floor is black from the shoes of Pagans
No one inside is saved
What can you do...that's the way they like it
Inside the gypsum cave

Little Things

Written By: Karl Engelmann

You lose sight of the little things that make you happy...am I to blame?
You spend your time on the Internet in a chat-room frenzy...they're all glad you came

You're just so mesmerized
Glued to the screen that just won't touch
It's a compromise
Between you and the space that you want so much
Have I been victimized?
A slave to the hand that won't let go
I've been plagarized

One look at my face and you'll fake it
I don't believe that I can take it

You freak out on the little things you think are scary....and I stay the same
You run home to your little place when things get hairy....the bad vibes remain

You're just so mesmerized
Glued to the screen that just won't touch
It's a compromise
Between you and the space that you want so much
Have I been victimized?
A slave to the hand that won't let go
I've been plagarized

One look at my face and you'll fake it
I don't believe that I can take it

Drought

Written By: Karl Engelmann

I'm waiting for red rain, but the ground won't pull it down
The weatherman fibbed...he's making $20 an hour
Look and see what your friends say
It's been extinct for a long long while
Up on the top shelf gathering dust

I've rearranged the lawnchairs, got plants in the sun
Did all of my homework, sipped a cupful of rum
Took some pills for my back pain, repainted the mule
Went and started my raindance, I got a notion from you

The whole world is burning and the Parliament is sick
The canopy is broken and the plot is growing thick
Untighten your necktie, subscribe today
Cause the counterfiet walks and the bullshit is talking up a windstorm

It makes me cry when I think of it all twisted and gray
It's a matter of tradewinds distorted through time
And the bum on the bakcstreet claiming he's somewhat superior
It's hard to just keep my buzz on being dry all the time

And I'm waiting for the red rain....

Discography

MOTHER VINEGAR (2005, MonkeyFuzz Records, full-length album).

The single "Gypsum Cave" has been played on various radio stations in the southeast. "Pimp in a Pinch" has been played on XM Satellite Radio.

You can stream "Gypsum Cave" (which went to No. 1 for several weeks on garageband.com's folk chart) on our MySpace page at www.myspace.com/mothervinegar, along with three live tracks.

Set List

We play ALL ORIGINALS, with no covers. Within just one year, we now have a rotation of nearly 60 songs in our setlist. We also have a completely different acoustic concert that we play at small venues. Sets last anywhere from 3-4 hours.

Song list:

ALICE
APPLES
BARRY’S SONG
BIG DREAMS
BIKES
BLOOD, LOVE, & MONEY
BOOM BOOM
BOOZE AND TRAINS
CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE
CHILD SUPPORT
COLD BEERS AT MICKEY'S PUB
CONSTIPATED MONKEY
DOSE OF THE REAL WORLD
DROUGHT
FAMILY REUNION
FERRIS-WHEELED CITY
FLIES
FORGET ABOUT IT
42ND STREET
FRAT BOI
GHOST
GUILT
GYPSUM CAVE
HAVE A SITAR
HICKORY DICKORY
HIPPIE JAM BAND VAMP
I DON’T, I WON’T, AND I NEVER WILL
KABUMP
KALIEDOSCOPE
LATIN UP YER ASS
LAVA
LIGHT IN THE DARK
LITTLE THINGS
LOST MY HEART
MEMORIES OF FREDERICK
MEMORIES OF YOU
MICROPHONES
MY LADY
MY ONE AND ONLY
PIMP IN A PINCH
POSTER PROSE
QUICKSAND DOGMA
RESOLUTION
RICH LITTLE WHITE GIRL
RIDING THE ROAD DOWN UNDER
ROLLIN’ ON
SONG ABOUT THE MAN
STACKE