Oh Pep! Talks New Album and Tiny Desk

Australian pop folk band Oh Pep! is touring the US currently with Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Lord Huron, and they are stopping at The Fillmore on Monday, June 6th for a sold out show. Their debut album Stadium Cake is scheduled to be released later this month.

The band was originally a duo made up of Olivia Hally on guitar and vocals and Pepita Emmerichs on violin and mandolin, and has evolved into a full band with character. In their busy schedule, they put aside some time to answer a few questions for us prior to their performance.

 

Rock On Philly: How was your experience performing at NPR for Tiny Desk?

Oh Pep!: Tiny Desk was on our bucket list of things to play since forever, so we were stoked to have been asked to do one. We ended up driving from New Orleans to Washington in record time to get to the taping and the whole thing went so fast. Had to pinch ourselves when we were finally standing in front of that desk we knew so well from hours of YouTube sessions back at home.

ROP: Where and with whom was Stadium Cake recorded? How long was the whole process?

OP: Stadium Cake was recorded in Echo Lake, Nova Scotia with Canadian producer Daniel Ledwell. The whole process took about 3 weeks, starting over a couple of days in February and then the rest later in August last year. We had such a good experience working with Dan in February, that we decided to go back and record the whole album with him during their Summer. In February we were skating down their driveway and walking on the frozen lake, later we were jumping in it for a swim every during the breaks between sessions.

 

ROP: What does Stadium Cake mean to you?

OP: Stadium Cake is really a juxtaposition of words that are so familiar yet foreign all at once. It’s is a reflection of our music and the album. There are always unsuspected twists and turns that we like to incorporate in to the familiar guise of a pop tune. 6 years ago we decided that’s what our debut album was gonna be called and we stuck by our word.

How do you think you’ve evolved from your 2012 EP?

We have recorded two EP’s since then, Living (2015) being our last release, so we have had lots of opportunity to explore, all in steady progression to where we are now. There are similar themes along the ways in our writing, mostly how we use layers. Recently it’s been arranging pop production around our songs that’s taken a forefront. Dan helped with that. Stadium Cake is a Polaroid of that.

 

Don’t miss out on Oh Pep!’s set on Monday and make sure you get there early! You can try looking for tickets here.

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