Time to Swing
The Vipers are run by the dynamic husband and wife team of Josh and Adrienne Hindmarsh. Their diverse talents create a unique musical sound in New Zealand's music industry and their numerous projects have become a fixture to the Wellington city scene. Since their inception a decade ago the band has maintained a busy schedule of gigs in Wellington and throughout New Zealand. Fronting the The Vipers is sultry singer Adrienne Hindmarsh, who's vocals are often compared to Norah Jones and Eva Cassidy. Her repertoire includes popular jazz standards, bossanovas and more popular tunes including hits by Burt Bacharach and Norah Jones. Adrienne Hindmarsh also brings to The Vipers her unique skill on the Hammond B3 organ, where her skill on the footpedal bass and use of dynamic chords make sure the classic sound of the Hammond B3 lives again. Founding member and guitarist Josh Hindmarsh contributes his unique driving chords and spirited improvisations in the spirit of George Benson and Wes Montgomery and his playing never fails to give the bands performance the upbeat swinging edge they have become known for. To complete the bands lineup The Vipers use a rotating roster of special guest artists on the drums. For larger performances The Vipers add a horn section, augmenting their sound to include the trumpet, saxophone and trombone. Josh Hindmarsh's swinging arrangements create a contemporary take on retro ballroom swing, funky latin, and 60's classic motown soul. . Review NZ Musician August/September 2006 The Vipers have been treading the boards in the capital city for a decade; combining the spirit and tradition of great jazz standards with the dynamic approach of modern cocktail-jazz stylings. Husband and wife team Josh and Adrienne Hindmarsh lead the way, with the legendary Roger sellers (drums) laying down the back-beat. Adrienne's voice is capable of a Norah Jones coo as well as well as being sexy and sultry across bossa-nova tempos and faster swing tunes. Josh's guitar is steeped in the history of Wes Montgomery and George Benson; more laid back than Grant Green but with glimpses of his impeccable tone. But the Vipers are not quite Tuck & Patti - and thankfully Sellers helps to propel the groove (along with Adrienne's bass-rich approach to the Hammond B3 organ) meaning that even when this band covers Norah Jones it is with flair and enthusiasm. Duke Ellington's Just Squeeze Me is a treat and the great standards Sunny and Makin Whoopee are expertly recast. Recorded at Wellington's Conservatorium of Music at the end of last year; Laidback groove-tunes, perfect mood music. Simon Sweetman NZ Musician.