Many moons ago Julien and I caught wind of a duo called Oh Pep!
We’d heard rumours about them, that they were from Finland, that they were never not touring, that they were hard to pin down. All we really cared about was that their music was infectious, dark, funny and poetic. A mixed bag of folk, Americana and world music. We liked it and were stoked when we got a time with them to stick our heads in a say hello!
Oh Pep! Live in an area of Abbotsford that is difficult to find parking in, so we were a little late (sorry!). We found ourselves in the carpark surrounded by warehouses, and were welcomed by the ever delightful Olivia Hally who lead us into their ‘warehome’, an enormous space dedicated to pottery, painting, music and neighbours memorabilia. Pepita Emmerichs met us in the kitchen and whipped us up a quick coffee while we chatted about everything from US’ tours with Nathaniel Ratecliff, to hand painted guitars and the bands hand-made tour merch.
We took our cuppas upstairs to the loft, where we were shown a massive selection of hand painted Oh Pep! cups, plates and bowls, before the two had a little jam for the camera. After a few tunes we took our dirty cups to the kitchen and bid them farewell. I returned to find a parking fine gently waving at me in the soft breeze. It was like American beauty. Jules also informed me that Oh Pep! is a play on words, ‘O’ being Olivia, and ‘Pep’ being Pepita. It blew my mind. He then told me Flo Rida is just Florida with a gap in the middle. I forgot about my parking fine. I was done.