Photo by Lia Gery Courtesy of TinPan Orange
With their brand new album, Over The Sun, already receiving rave reviews Gareth Hugh Evans managed to snag five minutes with TinPan Orange front-woman Emily Lubitz for a quick chat. The resulting interview demonstrates just how far TinPan have come as a band in the last couple of years:
Gareth Hugh Evans: We’ve been watching TinPan Orange evolve and grow over the last couple of years. Do you feel like the music you’re producing now is what you’ve always had in mind for TinPan or are you in a place you never thought you’d be musically?
Emily Lubitz: Tinpan has never been a very self-conscious band. I mean, we have never set out to make a certain type of music or capture a certain sound. However, this album, Over the Sun, was a little more considered when it came to the recording process. We wanted it to be a bit more epic, a little further from the folky production we have had in the past. Also, I wanted to jump around on stage a bit more so we had to make the music accordingly.
GHE: I saw you at The Northcote Social Club about a year ago which was one of your first gigs with Daniel Farrugia on drums. It also looks like Harry Angus is pretty regular on keys now that (previous keyboardist) Gideon is winging his way around the world with Husky. How has the addition of Farrugia and Angus informed how you write and perform?
EL: Daniel and Harry are hugely influential players. Daniel is the most musical, melodic, sensitive and slammin’ drummer I’ve ever had the honour of playing with. WIth a song like “Barcelona” we owe a lot of what is great about it to Daniel and Harry who came up with the groove. Harry has co-written some of the songs with me, such as “Over the Sun”, and has kind of taken on the role of musical director … I mean, we are a musical democracy but Harry seems to steer the ship a lot of the time when it comes to arranging.
GHE: The new album is absolutely stunning – there are nods to your “folky” past but it does go off in so many directions. How are you feeling about Over The Sun as a whole? Are you glad it’s out there in the world.
EL: We’re proud as punch!
GHE: What was Steven Schram like to work with? Is he a hands on producer or does he prefer to subtly guide you?
EL: Schram is fearless. He’s opinionated and unafraid to tell you exactly what he thinks. The good thing is, he’s usually right. He cuts songs up, makes the verses half the length, swaps things around, tells you we need a middle section here or there, gets some unexpected sounds … He would pretty much take my songs, put them in a blender and watch them swiirrrrrllll! I loved it.
GHE: Your performance at The Northcote Social Club show last year was also one of the first times you were back on stage since giving birth. Has parenthood focused your music in any particular way in the past year?
EL: I write songs for my baby but none of them made the album. I think the album is more of a reflection on a time when I wasn’t a mother. It’s more about nostalgia and remembering. My son Louis is happy addition to the travelling life. Babies and touring, somehow, strangely, are quite complimentary to one another. No sleep and spewing! … just kidding .. .
GHE: With the new album just about to drop and a national tour on the horizon what’s next for TinPan Orange?
EL: We will be touring around this fair country through October and November, doing some festivals through the summer, then touring Canada for their 2013 festival season..For the time being, the road is home to this little band of oranges.
Over The Sun is available now. TinPan Orange will be touring nationally from this Saturday 22nd September:
Saturday 22nd September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Saturday 6th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 7th October – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 13th October – Woombye Pub, Sunshine Coast, QLD
Sunday 14th October – Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 25th October – The Bakery, Perth, WA
Friday 26th October – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 7th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 8th November – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16th November – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 24th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby
Sunday 25th November – Mullum Music Festival, Mullumbimby