Comprised of Connecticut-born and Brooklyn-based founding trio Julia Zivic (vocals), her brother Jason Zivic (drums) and Itamar Gov-Ari (keys, guitar vocals), along with Mike Roninson (bass) and Chris Stelluti, Brooklyn-based neo-soul/indie soul/progressive soul quintet Vinegar Mother can actually trace its origins to when its founding trio started performing together under the moniker Julia Zivic and The Brothers. And as Julia Zivic and The Brothers, the trio a level of attention as they played the 2014 Greenwich Town Party Festival on a bill that included the likes of George Clinton, Santana, Buddy Guy and Dr. Dog — and they finished second in that year’s International TalentHouse Jimi Hendrix Competition for their rendition of “Red House.”
As the trio began to increasingly expand upon their sound, the founding trio decided to start anew and recruited bassist Zack Slaughter and Stelluti to record their debut EP as Vinegar Mother; however, shortly after the band formed, the band went through a lineup change that included Roninson replacing Slaughter, who joined the Marines. As Vinegar Mother, the band has developed a reputation locally as they’ve played a number of shows across this fair city — including The Knitting Factory and The Studio at Webster Hall — and along with a CMJ appearance last year, the band has opened for the likes of The Lonely Biscuits, Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band, Joanna Teters and Mad Satta. Now, if you were frequenting this site last month, you may have come across the easy-going, 90s neo-soul leaning “Sunny Seat,” a song inspired by and written about a deeply personal experience in which Julia Zivic had a bitter falling out with a friend.
“Slow,” the band’s latest single off their soon-to-be released debut EP Sunny Seat is a sultry and sensual that captures the wounded psyche of its narrator — a narrator, who’s desperate for love to cure her aching loneliness paired with a slightly more straightforward song structure and arrangement than its predecessor. Interestingly, the song captures the perspective and thinking of an emotionally conflicted woman with an uncanny nuance and a novelist’s attention to psychological detail — all while being a subtle yet very modern take on classic soul and blues.
The members of the band are starting an increasing tour schedule, check out tour dates below, which includes a set tonight at SoFar Sounds.
November 8 – SoFar Sounds – Brooklyn, NY
November 18 – Radio Bean – Burlington, VT
November 30 – Piano’s – New York, NY