The magnificent Saving Grace are a potent concoction made complete with addition of string section. Their sound is lush and delicious, wth powerful twists

Lane Cove, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The evocative movement of strings, soulful lyrics and unique style are defining features of one of Sydneys newest up-and-coming bands Saving Grace. Drawing from inspirations such as Damien Rice, Ben Harper, The Beatles, Lior and Jack Johnson the five-piece band brings into harmony the modern sounds of violin, cello, percussion, keys, acoustic guitar and original lyrics of singer-songwriters Sam McNeill and Adrian Leung.

Saving Grace will launch their much-anticipated debut EP in December 2006, to coincide with a planned east coast tour. Regular appearances at The Vanguard, Candys Apartment, The Lair, Annandale Hotel, The Excelsior, The Cat and Fiddle, Sandringham and headliners at the Hopetoun Hotel and Head Quarters Bar have fed their growing profile with Sydney audiences.

In October the will be playing at the wonderful venue that is The Basement. Writing and singing together since high school, Sam and Adrian launched into Saving Grace in their gap year, spent teaching in England. Both now studying at Sydneys Conservatorium of Music, they were joined by fellow student Sonja Schebeck on violin and asked Amelia Rutherford, studying arts at Sydney University, to complete the sound with the deep bass vibe of the cello.

Conservatorium student, Rob Di Marzo on percussion is the latest addition to the band, bringing colour and movement to the bands chilled out harmonies. Each of the five band members has broad musical background spanning in most cases more than 15 years. Theyve taken this experience to create a unique sound that is enjoyed and appreciated by everyone in any audience.

The raw, earthy and thick texture of Saving Graces melodies are matched with emotive lyrics full of lifes experience and a different take on the world. The music leaves a deep impression with powerful, catchy melodic lines and lyrics that each individual, in their own way, will identify with.

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