DANIEL LEDWELL-PRODUCED DEBUT ALBUM RECORDED IN NOVA SCOTIA, STADIUM CAKE, OUT NOW VIA DUALTONE / DINE ALONE
AUSTRALIAN DOU CONTINUES WORLD TOUR WITH ADDED CANADIAN STOPS IN WINNIPEG, CALGARY, AND VANCOUVER SUPPORTING BASIA BULAT
“as if Feist and Tegan and Sara formed a supergroup a decade ago” Exclaim!
“an album of exquisite charm” Irish Times
“Oh Pep! have crafted a engaging album of folk-pop” Village Voice
“impeccably crafted songs” National Post
“miraculous … this album will not be lost to time” Paste
“big, catchy hooks … more twists and turns than the usual "verse/chorus" formula” NPR
“lovable songs” Beatroute
Oh Pep!’s Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs are well into their worldwide tour supporting their debut LP, Stadium Cake, and are fresh off very successful performances at the Vancouver Folk Festival and Calgary Folk Festival. The Australian duo has already announced plans to return to Canada in October with Basia Bulat, and have now revealed additional stops in Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver. In the month prior Oh Pep! will take to the East Coast and MidWestern United States with The Mountain Goats.
Oh Pep! has also shared the new video for LP cut “Bushwick” which premiered via Flood Magazine, who claims “The duo play an uptempo and inventive version of folk music, spinning hammered mandolin notes around the kind of generous wordplay that made [John] Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) his bones.” The video itself “finds Hally and Emmerichs sketching a three-minute portrait of a person sprinting—and failing—to catch a train in the middle of winter,” says Flood.
Oh Pep! made a huge impact at October 2015's CMJ Festival where KCRW chalked them up as one of their top artists that 'Won' CMJ, as did NPR's Bob Boilen, who proclaimed "The Melbourne band's music is infectious. Their harmonies are sweet, with lyrics that are thoughtful, deep, funny and poetic." After their performance at Nashville's AMAs, Pop Matters (who also included them in their top picks) described "Seeing Oh Pep! Is one of those times when the crowd realizes they're seeing future stars for the first time." Shortly after, the band recorded NPR's Tiny Desk giving U.S. music fans a chance to see Pepita Emmerichs' virtuosic playing on both mandolin and violin and Olivia Hally's gorgeous voice and heartbreaking delivery. NowKEXP has named them one of 2016's "bands to watch."
Stadium Cake was recorded in Echo Lake, Nova Scotia in February and August of 2015 with producer, Daniel Ledwell. "It was such a joy to work with wunderkinds Oh Pep!,” says Ledwell. “When you have great songs and the creativity and talent to be innovative in the studio, it is hard not to have fun." Oh Pep! claims Ledwell “introduced us to a lot of exciting new sounds. It was also the first time we'd multi-tracked and he made the process fun and easy. Working at Lake Echo was really inspiring."
The band's obsession with good songs, regardless of genre or generation, has led them to write a record with limitless horizons. On first single "Doctor Doctor" Hally sings, "Where is the light, for me it's the darkest night" over a captivating beat, whilst Emmerichs plays a subtly driving and haunting violin line. It's this same light and dark that makes up the tapestry of Stadium Cake and encapsulates the duo’s unique collaboration. It's the yin and yang of their personalities that brings a tension to each unsuspecting pop song.
Jul 25 - Revolution Roof Deck - Portland, OR,
Jul 27 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
Jul 28 - Bootleg Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 1 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
Aug 3 - The Demo - St. Louis, MO
Aug 4 - High Watt - Nashville, TN
Aug 5 - Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
Aug 6 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Sep 18 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore MD *
Sep 19 - The National - Richmond, VA *
Sep 20 - Jefferson Theatre - Charlottesville, VA*
Sep 22 - Buskirk-Chumley Theatre - Bloomington, IN*
Sep 23 - The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL*
Sep 26 - The Englert Theatre - Iowa City, IA*
Sep 27 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI*
Sep 28 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI*
Sep 30 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE*
Oct 1 - Madrid Theatre - Kansas City, MO*
Oct 2 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO*
Oct 3 - Codfish Hollow Barnstormers - Maquoketa, IA*
Oct 4 - West End Cultural Centre - Winnipeg, MB +
Oct 5 – The Exchange - Regina, SK +
Oct 6 – Broadway Theatre – Saskatoon, SK +
Oct 7 – Winspear Centre – Edmonton, AB +
Oct 8 - Knox United Church - Calgary, AB
Oct 11 – Spirit Bar, Nelson, BC +
Oct 12 - Vogue - Vancouver, BC +
* w/ The Mountain Goats
+ w/ Basia Bulat