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About Sarah Mary Chadwick

Leader of the post-grunge band Batrider before switching focus to sparer, more confessional solo material, New Zealand native Sarah Mary Chadwick is a singer and songwriter based in Melbourne, Australia. She moved to Australia to pursue a music career and formed Batrider in Wellington with guitarist Julia McFarlane, bassist Toby Morris, and drummer Tara Wilcox. They made their recording debut with the 2004 EP They Said You're Hideous. The Take Me Back EP followed in 2006, and 2007's Pink Guitars, Yellow Stars EP featured Sam Featherstone, who replaced Morris on bass. The quartet moved to Melbourne and signed with Remote Control for their full-length debut, Tara, issued in August 2007. More lineup changes followed, with Chadwick the only consistent member through the entire tenure of the band, which also included the 2009 albums Why We Can't Be Together and Bag Wine Forever, and 2011's Pile of Lies. By then, Chadwick was becoming less interested in collaboration and had begun writing in an even more candid, personal style for herself.

Chadwick's solo debut, Eating for Two, arrived in 2012 via Bedroom Suck Records and, along with raw, anguished vocals, featured a more quietly intense palette that included electric guitar and keyboard instruments but rarely drums (and then mostly samples). In 2014, Hit and Miss: B Sides + Demos, Vol. 1 collected tracks from 2012-2014. The non-collection 9 Classic Tracks followed on Siltbreeze Records in 2015, and a year later Rice Is Nice Records issued the plaintive Roses Always Die. Chadwick returned in 2018 with two releases for Sinderlyn: This One's for Me: B Sides + Demos, Vol. 2 and her fourth official solo LP, Sugar Still Melts in Rain. Using electric piano as her main accompaniment, it was recorded and mixed by synth pop artist Geoffrey O'Connor. ~ Marcy Donelson

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