Watermelon Sugar

Watermelon Sugar

BandAmericanaAcoustic

Watermelon Sugar is music like you read about but should listen to instead. Sweet and deep, Louise and Hypatia stir up a mulled wine of indie folk reminiscent of the Indigo Girls, Dixie Chicks and the Nields.

Biography

Watermelon Sugar is an indie folk duo rooted in soulful vocal harmonies, multi-instrumental musings and the twenty-year friendship of Hypatia Kingsley and Louise Bendall. Their voices, guitars, banjo, violin and mandolin blend to create original music made sweetly and felt deeply. Drawing from blues to punk, Watermelon Sugar’s music is not easily classified. Some fans have described it as “intoxicating,” “a romp,” “progressive folk rock,” and “kick ass acoustic.” The musical duo is sometimes compared to the Be Good Tanyas, Throwing Muses, Dixie Chicks and Indigo Girls.
Having met in Pennsylvania, the two began to musically collaborate in 2001 and became a "band" in 2003. Their first CD, Sample, was released in October of 2004 and second CD, Something To Savor, was released in November 2005. The third is currently in the works. Although the two members make their homes hundreds of miles apart in Washington, DC and North Carolina, they manage to get the most out of the creative process together in sometimes frenzied gig and recording sessions.

Band Bios:

Louise Thompson Bendall -- Louise sang in the choir and had the obligatory piano lessons as a child in Louisiana, but didn’t discover the guitar until years later at the University of Oregon. With the encouragement of housemates who heard her singing, she borrowed a guitar to write her first song and eventually scraped together $50 to buy a guitar of her own. Louise lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children, writing songs inspired by her nomadic adventures and life on the farm. Her musical influences include Leo Kottke, Ella Fitzgerald and Moxy Fruvous.

Hypatia Kingsley -- Hypatia is a classically trained violinist who started expanding her instrumental and songwriting repertoire in order to keep up with Louise. Hypatia did belong to a band before Louise did – in the mid-80’s she played with her mother’s all-female rock band, Envitro, at CBGB’s in New York. Hypatia’s musical influences run the gamut from Andrew Bird to Radiohead to June Christy, while her lyric material often focuses on relationships and politics. She, her husband, and their daughter live in Washington, DC.

Lyrics

Republican Shocker

Written By: Louise Bendall and Hypatia Kingsley

I still cannot believe my ears
Honestly it just seems weird
I assumed and never thought twice
I know assuming is not nice
But of course we can be friends
I'm just shocked to discover...
...you're a Republican

You and I, we go way back
Passing notes in History class
Now I'm just surprised to find
I try to keep an open mind
And of course we can be friends
I'm just shocked to discover...
...you're a Republican

Thought you were independent
No one could represent
All you hope for and believe
But you're a republican
That is somehow shocking
I categorized you as open-minded
Remember we watched Pink Floyd The Wall
And did a few other things I would call
Progressively left wing and liberal

(Solo)

I still cannot believe my ears
Honestly it just seems weird
I assumed and never thought twice
I know assuming is not nice
And of course we can be friends
I'm just shocked to discover...
...you're a Republican
...It's okay
No offense meant

Trouble

Written By: Louise Bendall

I saw you coming and you looked like trouble
I should have fled but I waited instead
I even met your eyes as you came closer
Close up, you looked just like trouble

I laughed at your jokes I thought you were clever
I flirted with you until you gave me the shivers
And enjoyed it so much
But it felt just like trouble

I still have you bouncing round in my head
I still have you bouncing round in my head
I still have you bouncing round in my head
And I know it's trouble

You stood close I could almost taste it
I must admit I breathed you in
You smelled good to me
It reeked of trouble

I still have you bouncing round in my head
I still have you bouncing round in my head
I still have you bouncing round in my head
And I know it's trouble

(Solo)

I've been giving thought to temptation and sin
The bed that you make is the one you're going to lie in
I can read your mind when I see that grin

I still have you bouncing round in my head
I still have you bouncing round in my head
I still have you bouncing round in my head
And I know it's trouble

Discography

CD releases:

Something To Savor ©2005
available at http://www.cdbaby.com/watermelon2

Sample ©2004
available at http://www.cdbaby.com/watermelon

Airplay:

Nowhere-To-Go Radio, All Women All Day at http://www.ntgradio.com

Church of Girl Radio, http://www.churchofgirl.com

WQFS, 90.9FM, Guilford College Radio, Sunday Morning Rehab Show, Greensboro, NC

WCOM, 103.5 FM Carrboro, NC, Berkeley Grimball's "The Hook"

Track "Pretend" can be heard on Humbletexas Radio ?360 at http://www.humbletexas.net

Set List

We can do anything from 20 minutes to 3 full sets of music taking up to 3 hours. Our sets are usually 45 minutes long and consist mostly of original music with a few choice covers here and there, ranging from AC/DC and the Rolling Stones to Damien Rice to the Nields.

Original songs include (partial list):

Which Way Is Home?
As Good As I Should Be
Pretend
Was It This
Baby Bird
Ten Years Now
Hopeful
Take and Give
Canon for D
Time for Me
This Bliss
Darwin & the Prostitute
Knowing Jolene
Trouble
Easy To Love You
Republican Shocker
Happiness For You
Truce
Seesaw
Not Going To Miss You
Memory Lane
The Fan
Drunken Confession