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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tinpan Orange


Emily Lubitz is as laid back as you'd expect the singer of a band christened Tinpan Orange to be. She's bubbly, offering up an apology for our interview's delayed start before just as quickly shifting into storyteller mode. It's immediately apparent why Lubitz is a singer-songwriter; she has a lot too say, but the sort of voice you want to listen to. Tinpan Orange are in the final days before the release of their fifth studio album Love Is A Dog and, not even five minutes into our interview, I'm already sure that a great deal of their success is owed to Lubitz's infectious nature.

"It was kind of like, 'let's start a band.' 'Cool, we need a name.'" Tinpan Orange, Lubitz explains, scored its name after Lubitz's grandmother. was named the same way a group of twelve-year-olds might discover their 'porn name'. Or basically, random words were called out until something sounded good enough to pass as a band name. 

"I used to just make shit up. Eventually we stopped though, I was scared they'd find me out!"

To begin with, the 'band' was just a brother-sister duo. Or "we started as little ragamuffins just busking in Darwin" as Lubitz puts it. But unlike most sibling duos, Emily and Jesse stuck it out, met violinist Alex and that, Lubitz says, is "the real beginning". 

"We played all these terrible pub gigs. No one was even really listening to us!"

That was a decade ago.

Love Is A Dog is set for release on April 8, the fifth child in Tinpan Orange's ever-expanding brood. The number a feat for any band, Lubitz explains it as simply as anyone could. "There's always more songs to be written." And Tinpan Orange have always been an album band. Their music works as a whole, with Lubitz easily admitting they don't, and have never aimed to have, chart-topping singles. But album after album has been warmly received by both fans and critics alike.

"It's not an autobiographical album. Some [of the songs] are fictitious, but you'll never know."

Despite her obvious distaste for choosing a single, Lubitz has outdone herself with the latest one. Rich Man is the story of material wealth but relationship poverty. The ethereal, defiant music video attached follows this idea. With a wealthy housewife, depicted by Lubitz herself, being dolled up in pearls and satin clothes before finally ripping back the layers in defiance.

When I asked why she chose to be the clip's subject, Lubitz's answer was another of her trademark simple truths. "It was my concept," she explained. "It had to be me."

Tinpan Orange are heading back out on tour, hitting all the capital cities and playing as many house shows as possible. Fans are in for a treat with the trio's intimate venues and acoustic sound. Opting to tour without drums or bass, Lubitz says some of the songs have had to be adapted for the shows.

"We obviously wouldn't play Rod Laver Arena. We're just playing venues we want to play."



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 NW
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/
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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