pear and the awkward orchestra

pear and the awkward orchestra

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandFolkPop

Sweet juicy and unique, pear and the awkward orchestra are a quirky, memorable musical offering; whimsical folk/pop from a mini-orchestra of diverse instrumentation and sparse arrangements supporting an emotive and powerful voice and gritty, personal songs.

Biography

sweet and delicious are the key words for these Brisbane-based folk/popsters. pear and the awkward orchestra is the solo project of Stephanie Barros Lees, supported by a mini-orchestra of Brisbane's best.

EP Russian Doll (2007) and EP something will come (2009) have enjoyed critical acclaim and regular airplay and orchestrated the grassroots rise of this unique band. A full-length debut album is in production; first single 'oh katrina' released in February to decided triple j airplay and attention.

Praise for pear and the awkward orchestra:

“Roots Artist we LOVE”
-Sarah Howells, Triple J.

“poetic, original songs…..extraordinarily brave vocal style”
- Lonnie Martin, Folk Rag.

“Pear and the Awkward Orchestra had the crowd enthralled by her lovely voice and whimsical songs encompassing folk, pop, roots and jazz.”
- Cody Alexander, Live Review : Island Vibe Festival 2009

“Brisbane’s own Pear & The Awkward Orchestra are quirky sweetness”
2SER Radio (SYD)

“pear’strange and expressive voice soars through her songs, each an intricate meld of poetical lyrics and odd, often disjointed melodies”
- David Allen ArtsHUB

“Layering gorgeous pop melodies throughout a composition of light jazz and acoustic folk, pear exhibits her amazing talent against a stripped-back swell of sound into which you will be well and truly entranced.”
– Scott Mehaffey, four thousand

Lyrics

travelling in circles

Written By: steph barros lees

Safe in my life, I go by and I’m floating on air
I’m held up by the sights, what I see isn’t there
All this supposition is dragging me down
All this intuition of what I have found

Safe in my thoughts, I breathe deep and I’m buoyant with hope
Trying hard still to see when the air is so choked
Full of supposition that’s dragging me down
Full of intuition of what I have found

Are they circling round me, in their slumbering sleep?
Are they circling round me, do they see what I see?

Are they circling round me, in their slumbering sleep?
Are they circling round me, do they see what I see -

Maybe I’ve been lost for a long time
Travelling in circles
Picking up all the stray clues I find
For the who and the what and the how and the why

Still I stay safe in my life, I go by and I’m floating on air
I’m held up by the sights, what I see isn’t there
And this supposition is dragging me down
All this intuition of what I have found

clumsy

Written By: Steph Barros Lees

I've been clumsy now for days
I've been running round, my head's tripping over itself to get there

But the world isn't running away from me, the world isn't getting away
The world isn't running away from me, the world isn't getting away

It always comes down to the things I have found and to how far ahead I can see

No the world isn't running away from me, the world isn't getting away from me

The world isn't running away from me, the world isn't getting away

I've been clumsy now for days
I've been running round, my head's tripping over itself to get there

falter

Written By: Steph Barros Lees

I'm not one to be at ease with preconceived ideas
but the things you say, the way you've changed is way beyond my reach

when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me

You're different now, you've changed, you've found a blurry clarity
I am struggling hard to focus well on what I need

when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me

Hold me now, we'll find somehow the way's not obsolete
We'll sit and watch the world go on and on without reprieve

when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me
when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me

I'll tell you all the secrets that I know and maybe then you'll learn to show me and to teach me how to read you

I'll tell you all the secrets that I know and maybe then you'll learn to show me and to teach me how to read you

when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me
when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me
when I'm held there, the world around me starts to falter, stronger than the fear in me

Oh Katrina

Written By: Stephanie Barros Lees

wake up katrina you are awful, you say just what you mean to
you're mean and you are cruel

get dressed and this time lose that feeling, that bitter twisted feeling
that makes you hate the world

I don't want to lecture you but don't you think it's time you knew that

Oh Katrina
You are meaner than you look
Oh Katrina
times are tough and you are going to lose

friends now hate you, workmates place you on their list of disappointing things

Oh Katrina
You are meaner than you look
Oh Katrina
times are tough and you are going to lose

Everything, you'll be on your own

wake up Katrina, you are awful
You're callous and unthinking
and no-one wants you round

get dressed and this time try a new way
a way that doesn't make you angry enough to hate the world

Oh Katrina
You are meaner than you look
Oh Katrina
times are tough and you are going to lose

Safe and Sound

Written By: Stephanie Barros Lees

I won't give up
I won't look down
I won't sit back, I will look around

Where have you brought me? Where am I now?

I'm safe and sound

It's not just words you say to me
It's not just tone of voice I hear

All that has brought me to where I am now
I'm safe and sound

As the light fades, I'll stay,
watch the moon and the water, think of all the poems that brought up;
when I met you I knew.

I'll trust in this
as I never have
and I will learn not to hold back

I won't know the last word when I turn the page
But I will be safe

Discography

EP Russian Doll 2007
EP Something will come 2009
single 'travelling in circles' and b-side noah's song on rotation on Triple J's Roots'n'all and featured in Triple J unearthed Roots chart; single "clumsy" on rotation on triple j and featured in the Brisbane Sounds 2010 compilation.
Single Oh Katrina 2011 (high rotation triple j)

Set List

typical set 45-1hr. see typical set list below:

travelling in circles
clumsy
first time
falter
let's hide
it's dark
oh katrina
keep it together
sometimes space is what I need
keep your hands up
hold on bold one