Review – Georgia Corpe
Photos – Bobby Rein
On the outskirts of the Fortitude Valley, an understated venue for live music exists – The Old Museum. As a newbie to this undetected live music venue, it dawns on me how brilliant this place is; with it’s high ceilings, unimposing space for listeners with the low Autumn’s sun providing the natural light for the afternoon, there is no more of a perfect and seamlessly genius place I can imagine to listen to the brooding indie-folk tunes from Melbourne’s Tinpan Orange. Travelling around the country with their critically acclaimed fifth studio album Love is a Dog, they find themselves in Brisbane on their last show on the Queensland leg of the tour.
As brother and sister, Jesse and Emily Lubitz, walk across the stage with multi-instrumentalist Alex Burkoy, Emily quickly provides her anecdote for Love is a Dog, a song from the identically named record released earlier this year. As described by Emily, the song is derived from Charles Bukowski book, Love is a dog from hell, transcending the gentle, warm tones of the track into something slightly more cynical for the crowd to relate to. The trio progress the set into a proud display of their most recent album, performing songs such as Fools and Cowboys, Cities of Gold and Lucky One. Clearly made comfortable on a stage through years of performing, Emily’s charm and charisma is often captivating as she repeatedly tells the crowd of how she came across her songs and their stories, a skill not many folk singers have the confidence to pull off so effortlessly.
The highlight of the afternoon’s set is when the trio perform their single Rich Man, bringing the complexities and subtleties of the violin accompaniment on the recording to the foreground, as Burkoy progresses the end of the track into an almost gypsy style violin diddy, a pleasant progression from the soft and melancholic song.