Jul 19 - Sugar Club - Victoria, BC
Jul 21-23 - Calgary Folk Festival - Calgary, AB
Jul 25 - Revolution Roof Deck - Portland, OR
Jul 27 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
Jul 28 - Bootleg Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
Aug 1 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
Aug 3 - Demo - St. Louis, MO
Aug 4 - High Watt - Nashville, TN
Aug 5 - Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
Aug 6 - Cats Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Sep 18 - Rams Head Live - Baltimore MD *
Sep 19 - The National - Richmond, VA *
Sep 20 - Jefferson Theatre - Charlottesville, VA*
Sep 22 - Buskirk-Chumley - Bloomington, IN*
Sep 23 - The Castle Theatre - Bloomington, IL*
Sep 26 - The Englert Theatre - Iowa City, IA*
Sep 27 - Pabst Theatre - Milwaukee, WI*
Sep 28 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI*
Sep 30 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE*
Oct 1 - Madrid Theatre - Kansas City, MO*
Oct 2 - The Blue Note - Columbia, MO*
Oct 3 - Codfish Hollow - Maquoketa, IA*
* w/ The Mountain Goats
in the end, they actually couldn’t agree on how to end their show. To be fair, according to singer Everett Laulunen, that there were multiple versions of their setlist on stage. Instead, for clarification, officially, their final song was called ‘Transcontinental’... which required a long awkward guitar tuning.
By the time the duo Oh Pep! (Olivia Hally and Pepita Emmerichs) took the stage, singing solo on ‘Afterwards’, it dawned on me that their band name is actually shortened for their names: “Olivia Pepita”, as in “O Pep”. This is later confirmed when Olivia (or “Liv”) referred to her partner as “Peppy”.
Liv and Pepi were joined by on stage by drummer Mike and guitarist Jason, who remained with them for the remainder of the show. They sang song about “heartache and stuff”, including ‘Bushwick’, which they dedicated to a fan called Elizabeth at the show.
Typical of a band with only one album, the band played almost everything recorded on Stadium Cake (Dualtone), including pop fun single ‘Doctor Doctor’ saved at the end.
Part of the fun of their show is how much Liv and Pepi like to tell their stories. They had met in at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School in 2009 as they had shared a passionate love for music (in the case of Liv: secretly country music fan). By the time they had talked on the phone, which, oddly, Liv took down notes, they had become BFF (best friends forever).
They did form a real band, complete with double bassist and mandolin, but over the years, it boils down to just Liv and Pepi, who continued to play as Oh Pep!
Pepi, as it turned out, is actually quite artistic, as her art was used on some unusual Oh Pep! merchandises, including these these ‘egg cups’. Apparently, Australians love these things, they’re tiny cups used to serve eggs in. When the American audience seemed absolutely confused by these things, Liv quickly try to sell them as ‘shot glasses’! Too funny.
Oh Pep! is finished up their appearance at Vancouver Folk Festival today. Their debut album Stadium Cake is out now on Dualtone.
Oh Pep! at Cedar Cultural Center, Minneapolis (12 July 2016)