OH PEP! - STADIUM CAKE
Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs formed Oh Pep! while at music secondary school in Melbourne, Australia. With three EPs under their belt since 2012, Oh Pep!'s debut LP Stadium Cake is a coming of age for the duo, who have been touring internationally since early 2015. The album will be released June 24 on Dualtone/Dine Alone Records.
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." Meanwhile in Canada, the band saw a song from its EP hit the national airwaves when it charted on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20. 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. Now KEXP 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 Cakeand encapsulates the duo’s unique collaboration. It's the yin and yang of their personalities that brings a tension to each unsuspecting pop song.