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The past two years have seen Dale Buchan and Josie Cubis as The Firetree tour extensively across Australia and internationally to Canada and Europe. As a rapidly growing audience latch onto them, 2012 has seen the independent duo perform a successful 30-date National Summer Tour of Australia with The Morning EP release, before embarking on a European tour in July/August, performing shows in France, England, Germany and Italy as well as recording songs for their upcoming EP in Paris and the south of France.


Returning from what the creatively and romantically linked pair say was an inspirational three months of touring and recording across Europe, The Firetree are hitting the road this summer to promote the release of their new single After The World Ends from their debut live album Live At The Basement.


Echonetdaily caught up with Josie Cubis on a rare break between shows.




You guys have been extraordinarily busy recently – how was Europe? 

Europe was incredible. We spent three months touring and recording, playing shows on the beach and busking over the summer. It was very inspiring, the audiences were super warm and lovely to us; we found music helps break down language barriers, and we spent many nights singing songs with people we couldn’t have a conversation with.


What has been the response to the live album?

The live album was released on the December 1 this year and has been really positively received. It is our very first live release, so we were a little nervous as to how people would react, though we couldn’t be happier with the response so far.


Why did you choose a live album rather than a studio recording your first time around?

It wasn’t entirely planned. We were invited to play at The Basement in Sydney and decided to record the show. We still have plans to release our debut studio album early next year.


What is your favourite track off the album ?

My favourites are always changing. We keep working on our songs and how we play them live. If we add a new part to a song it will become the new favourite until we change up another one. Right now we have this fun, funky ending to our song Sun And Moon and it’s my new favourite to perform live.


Was it hard touring as a couple? Does the relationship get in the way of the work ?

It’s great touring as a couple; it means that I get to share all these incredible experiences with the person I love. We are so used to travelling and moving around that it is strange to be in one place for too long.


Which started first – the work match-up or the love match-up?

Dale and I were performing as solo artists when we first met, and while we always had fun jamming we didn’t start performing together seriously until a few years later.


Did the change in the first relationship affect the second?

It was a natural step to take in our relationship; music has always been a huge part of both of our lives.


Who’s the boss ?

There really isn’t a boss in our relationship; I think that is why it works.


What’s next ?

We’re already getting the tracks together for our next release, which we will be focusing on after the tour ends in February next year.

Who are you listening to now?

At the moment we are listening to an incredible UK artist, Ben Howard. We discovered him in Europe and have had his album on repeat since. We have added a cover of his gorgeous song Only Love to our set, which is really fun to perform.



Described variously as indie folk, surf folk and folk pop, the pair are both songwriters who write individually and together and always throw their ideas into the mix when one or the other brings a new song to the table. ‘All the songs that we performed on Live At The Basement are written by the two of us. We released the entire live show from the night, from start to finish. We have a lot of songs that we have written since then, and while we were in Europe, that we are working on for the next EP. We’re really excited about performing our new material to audiences this summer and seeing how the songs evolve.’


You can see The Firetree locally in the next week at the Byron Bay Brewery on Friday, and Monday December 24 at the Mandala Arts Cafe on the Gold Coast.




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