“If you didn’t know any better, you may think The Old Married Couple were plucked from the 1920s Jazz/Vaudeville crowd, transported to the 1960s Folk/Country/Blues scene and finally made their way to the early 21st Century Indie Music arena. Perhaps they have settled down somewhere within the same city limits as Pokey Lafarge and The Ditty Bops while listening to Cole Porter on the gramophone.” – Adam Selzer
THE OLD MARRIED COUPLE are the faces of new vintage, playing Dixieland style music with a vaudevillian twist that would be at home as much in the Music Halls of the 19th century as they are in the 21st century. Riley and Katie are young married pair in their 20’s but they’re vintage in style and sound. The Old Married Couple combine a witty songwriting style with a distinctive kazoo and fun infused sound that takes influences from Dixieland, skiffle, swing and music hall and presents it all with a vaudevillian tongue planted firmly in cheek. The Old Couple bring toots and hoots with wit, rhythm and catchy hooks from the perspective of young lovers.
With the release of their debut album in 2017, Things are looking bright for one of the most colourful acts in music.
The Old Married Couple have performed at multiple venues, events and festivals around Australia including multiple interstate tours.
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Live Review – The Old Married Couple @ Memo Music Hall – December 2015
The first time I saw The Old Married Couple, it was a little messy. Riley had been playing for years, but Katie was new to it all. Nevertheless, she made up for her novitiate nervousness with plenty of charm. Since then, they’ve come to Melbourne every six months or thereabouts, so I have been able to get a pretty good dendrochronology of their evolution as a four-hander.
Every time they’ve appeared on our barren shore, the show has become more developed. First, one noticed the deftly written duets, full equally of piss-take and true sentiment. Next, one saw what can only be described as the kazoo revolution. And increasingly reasoned and suave harmonies.
Then, last week, I got to see this two-faced juggernaut land the only support for 90s legends, Things Of Stone And Wood.
Naturally, there was a crowd of Melbournians of “un certain age”. When the OMC hit the stage, they ploughed through an audience that obviously had a lot of Friday night gab they had to impart. A hard crowd. However, by the third song, a magical thing happened. The OMC had, through sheer will, convinced this audience that they should shut up and pay attention.
By now, by which I mean 2015, this duo was cooking. The harmonies, at times, were the most intricate and sophisticated I’d heard for a long while, and hearbreakingly, or chillingly so (I still haven’t worked out which) . The kazoo wigs had a beautiful swingtime vigour and sass. The lyrical punchlines (of which their are plenty) were hitting on cue. There were moments that I felt like I was getting slapped around by Cole Porter on one side, and Lorenz Hart on the other. Which is a kind of bliss.
To see this act go from zero to hero within forty minutes was a delight. I hear they are are coming to permanently darken our southern shores soon, and I look forward to them beating back against the cynical, hyper-ironic and jaded heart of Melbourne.
- Duncan Graham (Truant’s corner, Duncan Graham and his Co-assused)
“I am honored to be able to work with The Old Married Couple as they embark on their new record in early 2017. I’m grateful to be able to utilize my studio, Type Foundry, located in Portland, Oregon for the project. The Old Married Couple and Type Foundry seem like a perfect fit, an affair that was destined to become a reality. The studio is home to much vintage equipment and decor, and since listening to the band takes us back in time, the coalescence of band/studio/producer is and exciting prospect. I’ve recorded many bands and artists that share a similar aesthetic such as M. Ward, Darren Hanlon, Decemberists, Alela Diane, and She & Him and I’m very happy to have the opportunity to create a beautiful album with songwriters as great as The Old Married Couple.” ~Adam Selzer – Music producer