Tinpan Orange

Quality Time! with Tinpan Orange

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By Georgia Corpe

Tinpan Orange are a lovely folk/roots band residing in Melbourne. They’ve been on the scene for over a decade and are just shy of releasing their FIFTH STUDIO RECORD. Bear Family’s Georgia Corpe had a chat with Emily Lubitz (vocals, guitar) RE the early years, their latest track and the upcoming tour – dates below.

BF: Hey guys! To start off, tell us how Tinpan Orange came about? Did it come about organically through jamming out as bro and sis (Emily and Jesse), or something more purposeful then this?
TO: It was very organic. I don’t think either me or Jesse thought we would be doing this for a living when we were growing up. Music was a passion and a way of expressing teenage angst, but we had little ambition.  Then we met Alex Burkoy, our third musketeer, 10 years ago at Woodford Folk Festival where we were all just punters. We started playing with him in Melbourne and we gradually became a band, with our own songs and our own gigs..  
 
BF: You guys are no spring-chickens to the game here – having released four albums, close to the release of your fifth, an impressive tour history all while developing a polished sound along the way. What has been the highlight for you guys so far?
TO: So many highlights! Touring Europe with my husband, touring Canada with my baby, singing back ups for Martha Wainwright every night while touring with her, playing for all these years with such an incredible band.. but I think my most affirming moments as an artist is meeting fans who love the music. The girl who tattooed our song on her wrist, the couple who walked down the aisle to our song, the soldier who sent us a photo of himself holding our album in Afghanistan while on active duty, telling us it reminds him of his wife and baby daughter. It’s a bit cliched but that’s when I feel like it’s all worthwhile..

BF: As mentioned, you guys are set to release your fifth album in April, namely Love Is A Dog. How was the recording process for this record? Being your fifth, did you apply your usual recording habits, or have to change things up?
TO: This album was recorded very live. We really wanted to capture the band playing together. We wanted a raw and honest recording.  We didn’t want to re-invent ourselves but just keep writing better songs. I think we’ve done that here.
 
BF: Your first single from the record is Rich Man, written about the turmoils of being a rich man trapped in a loveless relationship, quite sombre and thought provoking in its melody and tone – is this a good representation of what to expect from Love Is A Dog?
TO: I think Rich Man is on the darker side of the album’s spectrum, but we wanted to create a world that was somewhat consistent in its mood. There is definetly a mood thread and Rich Man is indicative of it.  

BF: You guys will also be hitting the road, taking Love Is A Dog on a huge tour throughout the country. Can you tell us about what fans can expect from your live shows this time around?
TO: We are returning to the trio for this tour. We started out as a trio and then went through many formations, with drums and bass and keys coming in and out of line up, but we are excited to return to our roots. Our shows are intimate but quite intense. We will be playing most of the new album and of course some old favourites.
 
BF: The tour also see’s you playing in some really interesting venues. Where are you most excited to play?
TO: I’m excited for just about every city we are going to but a few towns that are close to my heart are Mullumbimby, Fremantle and Darwin.. I like the places that hardest to get to! 
BF: Lastly, I am writing these questions on the eve of International Women’s Day, and in the wake of the days theme I would love to know about the females who inspired your music.
TO: My mum. My sister. Nancy Sinatra. Joni Mitchell. Gillian Welch. Billie Holiday. Janis Ian. Martha Wainwright. Elaine from Seinfeld (well maybe not my music but my life in general). 

 

*****TINPAN ORANGE ‘LOVE IS A DOG’ ALBUM TOUR*****
FRI 15 APR SUN 17 APR I FAIRBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, FAIRBRIDGE WA
FRI 29 APR I THE GRAND POOBAH, HOBART TAS
SUN 1 MAY I FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS
SAT 07 MAY I TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
SUN 8 MAY I RATTLERS HOTEL, WALLAN VIC
SAT 14 MAY I CIVIC HALL, MULLUMBIMBY NSW
SUN 15 MAY I OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE QLD
FRI 20 MAY I THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY NSW
SAT 28 MAY I THE RAILWAY CLUB, DARWIN NT
SAT 4 JUNE – FLY BY NIGHT, FREMANTLE WA
SUN 5 JUNE – THE WHEATSHEAF, ADELAIDE SA I 4.30PM

Georgia Corpe

Georgia plays the drums, has a killer music taste and is one of our oldest friends. She's also a lawyer so she's way smarter than you. If you see her around town, don't be shy, say hi.
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