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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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