Published on the Issimo Magazine website.

A young performer’s compelling, original songs are a far cry from the cheesy, boy-meets-girl stories that dominate indiepop, writes TONI BRIENT.


Charlie Lane. Photo: Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Charlie Lane’s signature indie-pop sound is influenced by artists like Soko, Lily Allen, Cat Power and Kimya Dawson.

But for the recent JMC music and performance graduate, the upcoming Melbourne Cabaret Festival is an opportunity to branch out from her usual style.

“I love being able to create a story line and deliver it in such a theatrical way to the audience. I love that it is about the visual aspects as well as song,” Lane says.

“Costuming and makeup is just such a thrill.”

Her show offers an honest, insightful trip through the mind of an adolescent girl coming of age in a world that seems to crave everything she’s not.

The Girl Who Never Grew Up presents an enticingly unique exploration of the concept of adulthood.

“I really am a girl that doesn’t want to be pushed into growing up. I feel that just because people get older, you should not lose your sense of ‘kidishness’ or joy of simple things.”

In Mannequin, Lane, 22, she sings about living in a world full of people who seem to be nothing more than plastic.

Robot depicts an argument with her doctor about the need for medication.

Charlie’s lyrics are quirky and honest, yet strikingly eloquent.

Her songs are a far cry from the boy-meets-girl stories that dominate the indiepop genre, and are resonating with a growing fan-base across Melbourne.

She has played venues across Melbourne, including South Melbourne’s Bohemia Cabaret Club, St Kilda’s Veludo Restaurant and Bar, and Esplanade Hotel.

But the idea for the cabaret performance stems from a show at Chapel Street’s Red Bennies bar in her university days, where the audience responded strongly to songs about “mood swings and anti-depressants”.

“I thought ‘Lets not stem too far away from the tree and go with The Girl Who Never Grew Up.

“It tells a similar story from a bit of a different perspective.”

Accompanying Charlie at the Melbourne Cabaret Festival will be bass player Lewis Reidy-Crofts, pianist Kate Lewis, guitarist Tom McGlinn and drummer Michael Jules.

Charlie Lane will be at The Butterfly Club on June 30  and July 7 as part of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. For tickets, see

For more information on Charlie Lane, including other upcoming performances, see

AuthorToni Brient
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