Fired up with European inspiration
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.