Folk-pop, babies and dumb ways to die
TAKING a baby on tour is not as daunting as you might think, according to Tinpan Orange guitarist Jesse Lubitz.
His sister, Emily, the Melbourne folk-pop band's singer, is married to keys player Harry Angus, and the pair had a baby boy 18 months ago. They've been taking the little fellow to gigs ever since.
"They calculated how many flights he's been on and it's up in the high 20s," Lubitz says.
"But he's incredible on the airplanes. He's more relaxed than half of the people."
Since the baby arrived, the band has continued playing shows but Lubitz admits they aren't touring quite as frequently.
Tinpan is now more focused on playing gigs that have an artistic or strategic goal and is finding new ways to reach audiences.
Last year, Emily sang on Metro Trains Melbourne's safety campaign, Dumb Ways to Die, which went viral on the internet and has received more than 36 million views.So, at a time of babies, fewer Tinpan gigs and viral videos, we should count ourselves lucky they've set aside a date to play Mullumbimby Civic Hall.
It shouldn't come as a huge surprise, though, as the band has deep ties with the town.
Tinpan signed to Mullumbimby-based distribution company, Vitamin Records, about four years ago, and the signing was, according to Lubitz, one of the best things they've ever done.
"We put an album out about five or six years ago with a really big distributor and it was the sort of thing where we'd call up and we were literally a number," he says.
"We wanted a more boutique distribution company and saw that Vitamin were amazing supporters of Australian independent music.
"Now we call up and we're friends with the people who we're talking to, which is very important to us."
The relationship with Vitamin Records has given the band a "strong foothold" in the area, Lubitz says, with many locals regularly attending their shows.
The band is also a regular at Mullum Music Festival and played there last year shortly after releasing its fourth album, Over the Sun.
"We launched Over the Sun in October but Mullum Music Festival was at the very end of the album launch tour, so it meant we didn't get to do our own headline show in Mullumbimby," Lubitz says.
"We thought we'd do our own show there a few months after the festival wrapped up instead."
The show will feature material from Tinpan's recent album, which was largely inspired by the birth of Lubitz's and Angus's child and has received critical acclaim. Its songs boast dramatic soundscapes, reminiscent of Florence and the Machine in places, and endearing lyrics about past love and lives.
"We're getting tighter as a band and know each other better now, so we're feeling the songs grow as a band."
Tinpan Orange play Mullumbimby Civic Hall tonight. Adults $18, kids $15 from mullummusic.com or $22/$18 at the door.