Interview with Out of Range for the Mullum Music festival

Out Of Range are on at Mullumbimby Festival on Sat 17 Nov at the Bowlo from 2.15-3.15pm

Mullumbimby Festival | Sat 17 Nov | The Bowlo | 2.15-3.15pm

What forces of the universe brought Out of Range together?
The universal forces of fate, fun, friendship and frivolity brought ‘Out of Range’ together. Dan and Tirza came over to Australia after years of playing in the UK festival scene but it was on the dusty roads of outback Australia, that the seeds for ‘Out of Range’ were germinated. They couldn’t fit a piano into their camper, so they used an accordion instead. To sing over an accordion without amplification requires a certain style of singing which was practiced under the stars, loudly in campsites and performed around fires to random people along the way. This led to many opportunities from playing to campsite rangers for a free stay, to being invited to play on luxury yachts and private parties in remote locations. The band then formed after settling in Northern New South Wales; joined by Elvis Callaghan on violin and Pancho Colladetti on double bass.

Tell me who Out of Range are, where they come from, what they play …their greatest strength and their most annoying habit?
Out of Range are Dan Reade on Piano, accordion; Tirza Abb on Vocals, guitar, kazoo, bird whistle and melodica; Elvis Callaghan on Violin and Vocals; Pancho Colladetti on double bass and vocals and Rex Carter on drums. They live in Mullumbimby and Nimbin.
Greatest strengths: Writing songs that include accordions
Most annoying habits: Writing songs that include accordion!

At what point did you think – hey we have something here?
The first glimmer was when a trusted friend who has watched us from the start suddenly said, ‘Wow! you guys sound like a real band!’ Then there was the first gig where some people came along who knew the words to all the songs on our EP and sang along. And then there was our first festival ‘encore’ and we knew other musicians were present and dancing and loving it. We went away elated.

Where do you draw your influence? What feel or flavour does Out of Range go for?
Our influences come from bands such as the Baghdaddies, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Gogol Bordello. However we all bring different flavours to the band, from boogie-woogie piano, jazz and ragtime to folk, roots, gypsy, balkan and klezmer, seasoned with a sprinkle of unsa beats…  Eh! Viola. Genre-fluid !

What song of yours best sums up your style? Tell us about it?
At the moment a new song of ours “Spinach in the Pot’ best sums up our style. The song began when Pancho was cooking up some homegrown spinach. Tirza was bashing out some chords on the guitar, thinking about the lack of local, affordable housing, as she was having to move house again. Then Elvis started to rap out the words ‘spinach in the pot’ and all of a sudden the lyrics and main chords to the song were written. The song is about the serious issue of homelessness but there is a typically ‘Out of Range’, fun and positive twist to it, singing about coming together in nature, cooking together, playing music and loving one another as an antidote to the situation. Once the band got to work on it, a folksy beginning fast forwards into a mad, happy, piano-led, cuban mash-up via a steady hip-hop drum and bass break.

What should we expect for your performance at Mullum Music Festival?
Dancing in the afternoon, getting in touch with your inner cossack, plenty of irreverence, putting a smile on your face, some new stuff, some old stuff and we are pulling out our upbeat music so come along with your dancing shoes to sway, swing, swagger and swoon. There may even be a surprise appearance… if you bring us some vodka.


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