Fired up with Euro­pean in­spi­ra­tion

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Fire­tree (pic­tured) prom­ise a show in­fused with con­trast­ing and com­ple­men­tary har­monies when they play Man­dala Or­ganic Arts this week­end. The By­ron Bay-based duo – Dale Buchan and Josephine Cu­bis – re­cently re­leased their first live al­bum, Live at The Base­ment. Cu­bis says the al­bum is a col­lec­tion of the pair’s favourite songs per­formed on a 30-date Aus­tralian tour. ‘‘All the songs are per­formed by Dale and me with Dale’s drums on his feet, some elec­tric gui­tar loops and lots of har­monies,’’ she says. ‘‘Our live shows al­ways fea­ture har­monies, loops and in­ter­est­ing and ab­surd feet drums by Dale. It’s in­cred­i­ble that one man can sound like a full band.’’ The Fire­tree spent three months tour­ing Europe and Cu­bis says the ex­pe­ri­ence had an in­flu­ence on their sound. ‘‘It also made us a lit­tle bolder in our ap­proach to writ­ing and per­form­ing our orig­i­nal mu­sic,’’ she says. ‘‘We really im­mersed our­selves in the live mu­sic scene over in Europe . . . we were in­cred­i­bly in­spired see­ing so many amaz­ing artists mak­ing a liv­ing with their art.’’ Cu­bis says The Fire­tree’s mu­sic is surf-folk with a pop sen­si­bil­ity. ‘‘We love a good hook, a great cho­rus and an awe­some melody,’’ she says. ‘‘When we recorded Af­ter The World Ends we wanted to cre­ate a track that you can put on in the car as you head to the beach . . . it def­i­nitely ended up with a strong pop lean­ing.’’ Cu­bis says her and Buchan have a solid DIY at­ti­tude to­wards the mu­sic in­dus­try. ‘‘You need to have it as an in­de­pen­dent artist,’’ she says. ‘‘Dale is in charge of the record­ings and I used to work in graphic and web­site de­sign, so I take care of those side of things.’’

The Fire­tree play Man­dala Or­ganic Arts, Mer­maid Beach, on Sun­day night.

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