Interview: Tinpan Orange

Tinpan Orange are a georgous inde-folk band from Melbourne who create songs that are both pretty and very memorable. This year has been a big one for the band and it’s about to get even bigger. In the coming months they’ll be releasing their new single Like Snow as well as embarking on a tour to Europe with The Cat Empire. I was lucky enough to interview Emily Lubitz before they head off overseas and win themselves a whole new group of fans.

Electric Skeleton: You’re just about to release your latest single. Can you tell us a bit about it?

Emily Lubitz: It’s called ‘Like Snow’. It’s a wintery song, inspired by old French films.

ES: You play alongside your brother Jesse. Did you come from a musical family?

EL: Music was always a big part of our lives. Our dad plays the guitar and piano and our mum can yodel…we were the only ones to really go down this road though.. the rest got real jobs!

ES: Do you ever get sick of each other on tour or are you one of those freaky siblings who don’t fight?

EL: We do fight. We’re not freaky! But we used to fight more. When we were kids we used properly beat each other up and chase each other around the house… I think I once threw a knife at Jesse… a butter knife… I didn’t want it to hit him.. and it didn’t.. hmm. So I think we got a lot of the aggression out in the early years. We quite like one another now.

ES: What was it like working with Harry Angus on The Bottom of the Lake?

EL: It was amazing. He is a very creative and visionary man. He’s good at finishing things too.

ES: You guys are about to embark on a national tour followed by supporting The Cat Empire in the UK and Europe, which is just a tad exciting.
Have you toured overseas before?

EL: Nope. Tinpan has never been overseas. We are very very excited… and Europe! I love Europe! Good bread and dairy products.

ES: Do you have a favourite album or artist to listen to when you’re on tour?

EL: Willie Nelson when we’re driving long distances. Jackson Jackson when I’m homesick. Michael Jackson when I’ve been at a folk festival too long. Joni Mitchell when I feel like writing songs.

ES: What do you think is more important: creating a great album or having a great live show?

EL: Depends what you’re trying to sell!… But both are important. We put a lot of love and sweat into both.

ES: Great pop songs seem to speak to everybody, even my mum considers herself a fan of your music. Do you find you attract a very mixed crowd?

EL: Yes mums and babies love our music… who knew? We get all sorts of fans. I love that.

ES: What are your favourite Australian bands at the moment?

EL: Mama Kin, Jen Cloher, Down Hills Home, Leah Flanagan and SIA

If you would like to see Tinpan Orange live before they go overseas they have a few more dates left on their national tour. You can find out more and hear some of their tracks over at their myspace page.

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