Home' LOTL : Nov 11 Contents TimeOut New York has said that the world is
Meow Meow ’s litterbox . “I ’d have to agree,”
she told me. “I have to ag ree with ever yone
who adores me.” If you don’t adore Meow already,
she’ll be sure to win you over during the run of
Meow Me ow ’s Little Match Girl at the Malthouse
Theatre. In the original Hans Christian Andersen
tale, a match girl tries to stave off the cold of winter
with her dwindling supply of matches. Then, as
the pile of matches becomes sma ller and smaller,
she turns to fantasy to help her stay warm. Gather
round, ladies. This dark tale needs to be told and
there’s no better stor yteller than the irreverent,
fabulous Meow Meow.
How much does Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl take
from the original story?
I didn’t just want to present the stor y that’s known.
It’s in there but I was really thinking , what if these
women had a voice ? What if those women who’ve
been left out in the cold had power ? What if they
burnt their houses down instead of being pushed
out? I’m thinking of not just the frail creature that
Hans Christian Andersen invented but a night of
wild women on fire.
What do you like about the original story?
I like it because it’s unlike a lot of fairytales, I
think, which you feel have been written as a sort
of patriarchal lie that punishes women for their
sexuality. I don’t think this one has anything
to do with that. It’s not the Little Mermaid
sacrificing e ver ything for true love. It’s not the girl
in the red shoes being full of pride and then being
unable to stop dancing . [The Little Match Girl]
is absolutely a victim of society, of poverty, and
I think that makes it quite an interesting piece of
political writing . But I am g oing to keep a little
bit of the red shoes in there because I can’t help it.
The themes of this piece are especially dark. Do you
think of it as a fairytale?
It’s not a fair ytale in a traditional sense at all. And I
think really it’s a social morality piece if anything .
It’s an adgit-prop fairytale with a ver y strong
condemnation of society abusing this little girl and
then leaving her out there. There’s a deg re e of wild
rage and ang er in this show.
How do you stay true to the tale without miring your
audience in the heaviness of the story?
I will sing a song while slowly doing the splits. You
can do something completely ridiculous while saying
something serious and vice versa . With music you’ve
got a way of getting to pe ople quickly. Music is the
way in so you can turn it from a wild song and dance
routine, to something poignant, then to something
really rock and roll. The stor y is that there are lots
of little match girls on the streets now and what are
we doing about them? Of course it’s all going to be
told in the g uise of a fabulous, super theatrical, wild
You said recently that The Little Match Girl is about
“poverty, dreams, hallucinations and wonderment.”
Why does this make a perfect show to see for the
Ever yone ne eds Meow Meow for Christmas. I think
that’s pretty obvious. You’ll get your music and your
satire. It’s an e yeful, it’s sexy and it’s funny. What
more could you want?
For show dates and times visit
malthousetheatre.com.au Want more Meow? For
the extended interview head to lotl.com.
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Meow Meow returns to Oz
with the Little Match Girl.
Jillian Eugenios reports.
Whether she’s crooning a blues tinged rockabilly number to
a mesmerised crowd at Splendour in the Grass or wowing
the likes of Jack White, there is no denying the charms of
local chanteuse Lanie Lane. Her debut album To The Horses,
dropped in October and delivers a eclectic collection of
tracks that run the gamut from rock ‘n’ roll to bluesy ballad
to her own swamp styled rockabilly, all backed up by Lane’s
distinctive vocals. Lane attributes the many influences to her
childhood days spent listening to “lots of different types of
music. I was fortunate to be exposed to a lot of different
music growing up - I wasn’t limited to one genre.”
Lane says when she writes a song it’s a fairly organic
process. “Usually a chord or riff will come first and then
the lyrics” - though occasionally a poem may pop into her
head that “she has to put to music.” Or on one memorable
occasion it was the utterances of a sleep-talker that
prompted a song. “‘(Oh) That’s What You Get (Falling in Love
With A Cowboy)’ I said that in my sleep. Of course I had to
write a song about that”.
The self produced album was recorded over a matter of
days and features the talents of Lane’s close collaborators,
Zoe Hauptman, (bass, uke) Aidan Roberts, (electric guitar
and backing) and Paul Derricot (drums and percussion) who
will also hit the road with Lane this spring to promote the
new effort. Lane says the recording process was a smooth
one. “I had all the songs written before we went into the
studio there were just a few things I tweaked to perfect it on
the day. I crafted everything and then recorded them quickly.
The songs are important to me - it’s not so much about the
production. I’d rather have the songs right first and then a
great band and then have it all come togather on the day.”
Of course being surrounded by band members that she
trusted made this process that much easier. She and
Derricot have played together for seven years and as for
Zoe and Aidan Lane says “they just gelled. Paul and Zoe
had played in jazz bands together for ages so they clicked
Lane is definitely looking forward to taking the tracks on
tour... “I’m really excited because I haven’t taken my band
on the road before outside of Sydney and some festivals.
I love the camaraderie. And it’s exciting to be doing it for
the first time with people that you love, who love doing it
Of course an interview with Lane can’t go by without
mention of her recent collaboration with indie music legend
Jack White. Lane recorded two tracks at White’s Third Man
Studio in Nashville that were released on vinyl as part of
the Blues Series. Lane remains modest regarding this
collaboration but still can’t contain her excitement: “My
manager sent some tracks to Third Man and we didn’t really
have any expectations but then when Jack emailed me a
few days later... it was so cool.”
Lanie Lane’s To the Horses is out now through Ivy
League. For more info on Lane’s tour dates visit:
Lanie Lane releases a
new album that’s certain
to garner new fans
Photo courtesy Karl Gant
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