Australian duo Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs released their second full-length album I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You… last fall. The pair met in their performing arts high school over a decade ago, and began writing music together after discovering a mutual admiration for songwriters like John Prine and Lucinda Williams.
After touring clubs and folk festivals, Oh Pep! earned a slot at the Folk Alliance International festival. Their set at the festival caught the attention of English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who immediately invited them to play with him at Glastonbury. During that time they released their debut album Stadium Cake, meanwhile earning praise from critics and sharing stages with artists like Martha Wainwright and The Mountain Goats.
Their second album finds Oh Pep! exploring a more pop-focused sound, while still showcasing their poetic lyricism and melodic alt-folk instrumentation. “This album is a darker form of pop than we have played before.” says Emmerichs. “We’ve definitely evolved, but our values have remained the same,” added Hally. “In the early days, we weren’t sure how we were going to tour the world. We were just going with the flow in a lot of ways. And we still do.”
Oh Pep! return to Toronto on March 19 for a date at The Baby G.