Firetree traipses West Coast 

Group touring western Canada with debut EP The Space Between


Who: The Firetree

When: Saturday, Nov. 26, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Merlin's

Cost: Free!

Botany nerds may know a firetree as a type of bush that's indigenous to Australia. But that actually isn't the story behind this band's name.

"It was seen on a toilet door," Dale Buchan laughed. "It wasn't actually written together, but the drummer had seen 'The Fire' something written across the top of the door and then below it there was a tree drawn, and they were completely two different drawings, but he put them together and ran out of the toilet and said, 'I've got the name! It's The Firetree!' And once we heard it, we knew that was it, that was our name."

The Firetree is led by Buchan and Josephine Cubis, with Dan Sparks on the drums, Oliver Cubis (Josephine's brother) on lead electric guitar and Jesse Stanley on bass. Together, they've managed to cultivate a pretty distinct sound, coupling a natural indie folk flair with rock undertones.

"Myself and Jesse always played kind of more folk, acoustic stuff back when we'd first started - we've been touring and playing together for a couple years now," Buchan explained. "And the band, I guess the bass player has a lot of funk and roots, and the drummer and guitarist played a lot more heavier rock in the previous bands they were in, and we just kind of combined the sounds."

Australia's The Firetree just recently released their debut EP, The Space Between , which features four catchy and upbeat tracks: Tame, Sun and Moon, Lay Down and Time Flies. The inspiration behind their lyrical content ranges from love and life to the state of society.

"It's just a lot about our point of view on how we see the world, I guess. There's some love songs on there with Sun and Moon. Tame is about not quite fitting into society and kind of questioning what's going on and how we work in this world, and how society works. And then there's Lay Down, which is just another alternative love story about being a musician, I guess... And Time Flies is just about living each moment to the fullest and enjoying life as much as possible. You know, time flies by so kick your feet up and dance!"

It's pretty clear that a lot of thought and effort goes into their songwriting, which is mainly done by Buchan and Josephine.

"We both write songs, but sometimes we kind of come together and write something. But most of the time, Josie actually usually pens a whole song and then I kind of put a bit of input into it, and see where I can fit in there. She keeps to herself when she's writing a song."

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