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Sophie chats to Emily from Tinpan Orange about their new single, album and tour.

Tinpan Orange have a lot going on right now and Sophie asks Emily about their news.The new album Love Is A Dog is out April 8 and tickets to the national tour are ON SALE NOW, see below for more details

So there’s a lot for you going on right now; new single, new album and a national tour. How are you preparing for heading back on the road? 

Eating right. doing my daily exercises. freaking out a little. rehearsing a lot. Doing lots of these fun interviews! Trying on old stage outfits and doing my best to reinvent them. Buying new stage outfits. 

Do you have any fun or crazy stories from touring you’d like to tell us about? 

Touring for ten years becomes a blur! But there have definitely been a lot of fun times, strange places, bizarre people, wonderful people, boring travel days, chaos, sickness, snow, famine and flood. Actually no famine, but one time there were no vegetarian meals left on the plane. And I was a vegetarian at the time. I had an apple in my bag thank god.

You’ve been together for ten years now. But how did you end up as Tinpan Orange and where does that name come from?

The band is me and my brother, Jesse and we have been playing together since we were teenagers, as well as Alex Burkoy, whom we met at a music festival ten years ago. The band kinda started when we met Alex. He woke us up one night at the festival by playing violin at the next camp. It was a beautiful disturbance. We met him the next day and found out he lived round the corner from us in Melbourne. As for the name, we just made it up! We were using one of those techniques you use to find your porn name.. I can’t really remember but it was a colour and a place and something else but we somehow arrived at Tinpan Orange.

From listening to your music there’s two lines that stuck with me. It’s “People look like flowers” and “crazy love is something I’m used to, I’m sorry if my words they bruised you.” Can you tell us about the making of a song, where you find inspiration and what the writing process looks like? 

Well, it’s different for every song. Some songs come directly from an experience and I am compelled to write them from a  very emotionally cathartic place. Other songs are more crafted. They are not just an urgent need to journal my dramatic life, but spring from a collection of observations, another persons story, a book I’m reading or a movie I saw. Sometimes words come first, sometimes the melody, sometimes the chords. I wish I new where songs came from. But I do find that the more I sit down and work on them, the more they come.

You recently released your new single Rich Man along with a music video. How involved were you in the making of the music video?

I was very involved with the making of the clip. I created the idea and chose the amazing people who worked on it, whom I new would totally get the idea and make it better than I could imagine. It was a very stripped back set. Just me in front of the camera, the director, Jam Nawaz, behind the camera and my two friends on either side of me, being the body-less arms, adorning me with expensive looking things. We just did it in my friend’s kitchen, with a blank wall and a couple of lamps. Very low budget, but with everyone’s powers combined, it turned out pretty special I think.

Which song is the most fun to play live? 

Rich Man is coming up really nicely in rehearsals. We have inserted an epic outro for the live show that I am excited about.

How’d you describe Tinpan Orange for people that don’t know about you?

We are a trio who play melodramatic folk. 

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Any musical influences you refer to?

Fleetword Mac, Joni Mitchell, Beach Boys, Gillian Welch, Nancy Sinatra.

And final and most interesting question: What’s in the future for Tinpan Orange? 

Well, it’s kind of a mystery but I hope it is long and fruitful. I do know that for the next few months we will be touring this album all over the country and then we’ll heading over to Europe in October to support The Cat Empire. We’ll be back for summer festivals next Australian summer and then, who knows…!?!!

Thank you for taking the time to chat with us at MI! We wish you all the best with your new album and tour. Take care!

Thank you!!! x

Virtuosic folk group, Tinpan Orange will be releasing their fifth studio album Love Is A Dog this Friday, April 8. The highly anticipated release will be celebrated with an in-store performance and signing by the band at Melbourne’s renowned Polyester Records, alongside 100 limited edition vinyl copies of the album that will be available for sale at the event. Tinpan Orange will also be embarking upon an extensive national album tour, kicking off with a performance at the Fairbridge Folk Festival in Western Australian on April 16, moving through Tasmania, Melbourne, Mullumbimby, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Fremantle and finishing up in Adelaide on June 5.

a0272457973_10Love Is A Dog is a complex, luscious offering from this seasoned trio. Opulent string arrangements, intricate guitar hooks and unforgettable vocal
melodies from lead vocalist Emily Lubitz all dictate the dark, rambling nature of the record. In light of the fast-approaching release, Emily enthuses, ‘We’ve been working on this album for so long with so many great people and we are very excited to get it out into the world…we can’t wait to share these new babies with our fans on tour.’

 Tinpan Orange are thrilled to celebrate the album release with an in-store performance and signing at Polyester Records at 6pm on April 8. In addition to this intimate performance, the band has also produced 100 limited edition, orange-coloured vinyl copies of Love Is A Dog, which will be available for purchase on the night. As avid patrons of Polyester Records themselves, the band are looking forward to this special event, as guitarist Jesse Lubitz recalls, “I remember being on Brunswick Street one night when I was 19, and coming across Polyester Records. I thought it was cool that the store was open so late and I became a fan of the place…I remember thinking this has got to be pretty much the best record store in town. We’re stoked to be playing there live on album release day.”

To support the new LP that was produced by the band in collaboration with Harry James Angus (The Cat Empire, Jackson Jackson) and mixed by the renowned Adam Selzer (M.Ward, She & Him, Jolie Holland), Tinpan Orange will hit the road for a full lap of the map in April and May. Enthusiastic about the current lineup of the band, Emily explains, “We are enjoying playing as a trio at the moment…I like singing in that space and I love to hear Alex (Burkoy) fill some of the spaces with his strings. Our shows are intimate, and when I’m feeling safe and sound, I will tell a few stories and share some thoughts…and Alex might even tell a joke!”

Tinpan Orange are Emily Lubitz, Jesse Lubitz and Alex Burkoy, with the in-studio help of Daniel Farrugia (Angus & Julia Stone, Missy Higgins) on drums and Jules Pascoe (Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Racketts) on bass guitar.

The new album Love Is A Dog is out April 8 and tickets to the national tour are ON SALE NOW

Polyester Records is located at 387 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.

Listen to RICH MAN                View the video for RICH MAN                 Buy RICH MAN                                     Pre-order LOVE IS A DOG

 

TINPAN ORANGE ‘LOVE IS A DOG’ ALBUM TOUR
FRI 15 APR SUN 17 APR I FAIRBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL, FAIRBRIDGE WA
Tickets available from http://fairbridgefestival.com.au/wp/buy/tickets/
FRI 29 APR I THE GRAND POOBAH, HOBART TAS
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com
SUN 1 MAY I FRESH ON CHARLES, LAUNCESTON TAS
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com
SAT 07 MAY I TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC
Tickets available from http://thetoffintown.com/ 9639 8770
SAT 14 MAY I CIVIC HALL, MULLUMBIMBY NSW
Tickets available from www.redsquaremusic.com.au/
SUN 15 MAY I OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from http://oldmuseum.org/
FRI 20 MAY I THE VANGUARD, SYDNEY NSW
Tickets available from http://www.thevanguard.com.au/
FRI 27 MAY I THE WORKERS CLUB, GEELONG VIC
Tickets available at www.tinpanorange.com
SAT 28 MAY I THE RAILWAY CLUB, DARWIN NT
Tickets available from http://www.darwinrailwayclub.com/
SAT 4 JUNE – FLY BY NIGHT, FREMANTLE WA
Tickets available from www.flybynight.org/
SUN 5 JUNE – THE WHEATSHEAF, ADELAIDE SA I 4.30PM
Tickets available from www.wheatsheafhotel.com.au/

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