Who are you, how long have you worked here, and what do you do at Orange?
My name is Steve Miller, I’ve been at Orange since Sept 2011. I am the Chain Supply Manager for the Company. I purchase all the parts to make our great amps, oversee all logistics for the company, oversee our UK Warehouse and mainly make sure everything runs smoothly.

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What made you want to start working here?
The Job came as a surprise, I was working in London when I had a call to say ‘A company are looking for a Chain Supply Manager. Are you OK for an interview?’ I had no idea who the company was until I accepted the interview. I had the interview, generally thought I wouldn’t get the job so put all this in the back of my head until I had the call of good news. It was one of those moments when everything went into slow motion, and no matter whom you were, if you were near to me you were getting hugged! Will never forget that day!

What’s the worst job you ever had before working at Orange?
Not really a bad job but I had a job in a garden centre in the middle of nowhere while I was at college. Not a lot happened, no one shopped there. When it was quiet, the owner used to get a few of us to paint the inside of his house. The job didn’t last long.

What do you LOVE about working at Orange?
I’ve worked a few places, but none of them come close to the atmosphere, and the people that work here. It’s the general feeling of working for a company that makes cool products. Every day is different to the next, nothing’s the same.

What’s your favourite Orange Amp/Setup?
For me, it’s the Rockerverb series. I just love it.

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What are your top 2 or three records of all time? What are a couple records you’ve been listening to a lot recently?
I’m really into 50’s / 60’s / Doo Wop & Rockabilly which is always playing at Casa Del Steve’s.
So top 3 would be –
Stray Cats – Rumble in Brighton
The Beatles – Happiness is a warm Gun
Neil Sedaka – Laughter in the rain (I love that song and don’t care who knows it)

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What’s the best live show/concert you’ve seen to date?
I would have to say MUSE in 2004 Earls Court, The whole thing was cool. I hadn’t seen a show quite like it.

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What’s something not related to amps, gear, or music in general that you’re super into?
I like Drag Racing. My partner got me into it years ago. Pretty cool seeing Top Fuel Cars / Bikes that can go 300MPH + in a quarter mile.

What’s your favourite shitty YouTube video?
Too many to choose from but I like stuff like this

Gratuitous Self-Promotion time: got anything you want to plug?
Nothing to do with me, but there’s a band from Stevenage Called Kill the King.
www.facebook.com/KillTheKingBand

If you could do anything else for living, what would it be?
I’d have to say I’d like to have my own mechanics. Have it set out in a 50’s style workshop for custom building and modifying.

Name your favourite TV show from the 90’s.
Obviously the Simpsons, but I was one of those when during the 90’s all I had on TV was Nickelodeon, so it would have to be Kenan and Kel ‘I PUT THE SCREW IN THE TUNA’

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What’s your most beloved alcoholic beverage?
Not much of a drinker, but I’ll always order a Guinness at the bar.

You can have any piece of musical equipment you want, new or old, what would it be? Jimmy Page’s 1953 Custom-whatever? The microphone Sinead O’Connor used when she ripped up that picture of the Pope? Your choice.
Hard question, I’d go for a John Lennon’s grand Piano.

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I’d like to introduce a new feature to the Orange blog. We’re calling it “Orange Are People Too,” because while its easy to imagine Orange employees as part-dragon, part-Jeep demigods, we’re actually just sentient beings that wear clothes and shop for groceries and fly and breathe fire and have built-in 4×4 traction control technology……just like you!

So here’s Rohan.  He’ll explain what he does in a second, but I did want to point out that he’s  the wordsmith behind most of our excellent sales copy (the stuff between the pictures on our website, catalog, product manuals, etc.). He’s amazing at adding the extra “e’s” and “u’s” that are essential to true British English.

Enjoy!

Who are you, how long have you worked here, and what do you do at Orange?
I’m Rohan (yes, genuinely… as in Lord of the Rings) and I’ve been with Orange Amps since October 2012. I started out in the UK sales office, but I think my official title these days is ‘Product Development Coordinator’. This basically means I work with the R&D guys, the sales team and the marketing department to make sure everyone is ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’, so to speak. I also handle a lot of the internal technical documentation for the company plus a lot of tedious legal stuff, but it means I have a pretty good knowledge of everything we do!

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What made you want to start working here?
I’m a proper guitar nut, but I never really had the dedication (or talent!) to really make career of it. The next best thing was to try to get a job in the industry, especially as I love to talk gear. I spotted an ad for a job at Orange HQ, which amazingly was just 18 miles from my house at the time. I managed to blag my way through a couple of interviews and somehow I’m still here.

What’s the worst job you ever had before working at Orange?
I worked as a barman at a very poorly run hotel in my early twenties. Imagine Fawlty Towers but managed by a consort of coked-up wannabe gangsters…

What do you LOVE about working at Orange?
Aside from the fact we make killer gear and that I get to fiddle with it all long before the public do, what I love is seeing our products crop up when I’m ‘off duty’ and not at work. There’s something very satisfying about spotting one of our amps, either on the tele in front of millions, or even just at an unassuming local gig. I enjoy being able to say, “Yeah, we did that.” That’s cool. Plus, the support for the brand we get from our customers is amazing. You only have to look at the Facebook page to see that.

I get to go to some pretty cool places, too. I visited our new Chinese factory late last year which is amazing. What a lot of people don’t realise is that we do not make our Chinese products under license like a lot of companies do. It’s all made in our factory, which is reflected in the quality.

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I also spent my 25th birthday in an anechoic chamber testing Crush amps. Rock and Roll!

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The other thing is (and I’m not just saying this because I’m sat next to them and they’ll be reading this) but I have the pleasure of working with some of the most genuinely decent people I know. I love you all! Now get that kettle on…

What’s your favorite Orange Amp/Setup?
Hmmm. I think my favourite amp in the range is the Rockerverb 50 as it just does EVERYTHING very well indeed, but I also have a soft spot for the AD30TC. We have something in the pipeline though that might sway me on that, though!

My current live rig is a (discontinued) Rocker 30 1×12” combo, or a Dual Terror. I pair the Terror with a rather nice little 2×10” cab I had made with Celestion Alnico Golds in it, which, incidentally, were developed by our Technical Director, Ade.

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Whatever amp I’m running, I set it up pretty clean with a few choice pedals running straight in front. Seriously, smashing the crap out of those two with a decent compressor and a Telecaster is too much fun. I’ve always found that all our valve gear loves to take a good kicking in the front end, especially with lower gain overdrive pedals. I think a lot of the Orange character comes from their crunchy nature, so for me the contrast with a smoother sounding OD really works. Often I’ve found these types of pedals can sound a bit too ‘nice’ with a lot of other amps, but with ours they really open up.

I did something similar the other day in our workshop with the new Crush 35RT. Damn, those new Crush are properly, properly good. I just wish they’d been around when I’d first picked up the guitar!

What are your top 2 or three records of all time? What are a couple records you’ve been listening to a lot recently?
I like to listen to as much different music as I can. I even found Scars by Soil in my rather dusty CD collection the other day! Robert Glasper’s Black Radio II gets a fair amount of play in the flat. I really like Cara Dillon’s new album, too, A Thousand Hearts. I think that’s about as good as modern folk gets.

If I have to be pushed on a top 3 these would certainly be up there:

Pearl Jam, Ten: A bit obvious perhaps but this was probably the record that made me want to pick up a guitar. Absolutely no filler.
Wayne Krantz, Signals: Ignoring the fact it’s a jazz fusion album recorded in the ’80s (I think even the drums have chorus on them), this is probably the finest display of solo electric guitar playing that I’ve ever heard.
Steely Dan, Aja: I could’ve picked any number of ‘Dan albums but this one just nudges it. There’s a documentary of the making of that album which is quite illuminating! The pair of them are on another planet!

What’s the best live show/concert you’ve seen to date?
Probably Soulive at Camden’s Jazz Cafe, the year they were touring their Rubber Soulive album. They were just relentless that night. Such a big sound from a three piece, and so disgustingly groovy. If you’re into your funk, you need to go see these guys!

What’s something not related to amps, gear, or music in general that you’re super into?
I’m a BIG football fan. As in the correct sort, the one that is actually played with the feet. My team is Sheffield Wednesday, ‘The Owls’, who are pretty dreadful at present, but there’s no fun in winning every week…

What’s your favorite shitty Youtube video?
No-brainer.


 

Gratuitous self-promotion time: got anything you want to plug?
Unfortunately, I’ve got nothing to personally plug at the minute, but I’d like to give a shout out to Bailey Guitars. Mark makes beautiful guitars up in Scotland. He did me a custom guitar a few years back (below) and it’s chuffing gorgeous. He runs guitar making courses too: http://www.baileyguitars.co.uk/

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If you could do anything else for living, what would it be?
I would’ve loved to have been a rally driver, or at least involved in a team. I grew up watching the likes of Carlos Sainz, Colin McRae, Tommi Makinen et al. hooning about in the forests of Northern Europe in the pitch dark and in the pissing rain! As a young lad, I was transfixed. I have maximum respect for anybody who can do that sort of thing.

Name your favorite TV show from the 90’s.
Well, I grew up in the 90s, so perhaps the most memorable for me as a kid was Fireman Sam, although technically I think it started in the late ‘80s. The original theme tune was great too. Unfortunately, the new version is all crappy CGI animation and they’ve messed with the tune. But if you watch the old ones back now you’ll realise there was definitely some shameless adultery going on in that sleepy little Welsh village! Childhood innocence is bliss.

What’s your most beloved alcoholic beverage?
I’m into decent beer, and the new-wave ‘craft beers’ in particular. I have to give credit to the Septics on that front because there are some really good beers coming out of the USA these days. Not at all like the insipid dross they used to serve up (‘King of Beers’ my arse!). I really like the Sixpoint stuff especially. Keep up the good work.

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You can have any piece of musical equipment you want, new or old, what would it be? Jimmy Page’s 1953 Custom-whatever? The microphone Sinead O’Connor used when she ripped up that picture of the Pope? Your choice.
I like old gear but I’m not particularly sentimental about it. I’d have something expensive that I could flog and retire on the proceeds. I saw a Dumble 4×12 cab go for something outrageous like $30,000 a year or so ago on the net. What planet are these people on?!

Orange’s lead amp designer and Technical Director, Ade Emsley, is a mad scientist. He’s a self-taught circuit genius and a total rock n’ roller all at the same time. For added “cool factor” he’s also born and bred in South London, which is responsible for that awesome cockney accent and “take no crap” attitude.

Ade joined Orange way back in 1998. In the past 16 years his contributions to the company have been endless, but his most notable is likely the Tiny Terror, which is considered one of the most important amps of all time and set the stage for the entire “lunchbox amp” craze. It’s become a favorite among guitar players of all levels, especially in the studio. Ask Ade which amp is his favorite and he’ll tell you the same.

But we also have Ade to thank for EVERY tube amp we’ve introduced since ’98, including the AD, Rockerverb MKI and MKII, Thunderverb, OR, Dual Dark, and TH series. And while Ade remains coy about his contributions to our increasingly popular Crush PRO series, the fact remains that we wouldn’t have ever made the foray into high-powered solid state amps if Ade hadn’t designed the tube amp they’re based on (the Rockerverb 100).

With no further adieu we present this fantastic 4 minute interview with Ade Emsley, captured by our good friends at ZZounds. Hear how he describes the Orange tone in his own words.

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When you boil a band down to it, it very rarely needs more than two musicians. The list of bands that slay with just two members is numerous. You’ve got The Black Keys, Death From Above 1979, Soft Cell

Ok, we’re kidding about Soft Cell. Hope we didn’t “taint” your opinion of this article.

Moving along…

Today we interview Mattias Noojd. Mattias hails from Gothenburg and is the guitarist and vocalist in the band Galvano. The band are a crushing audible assault mixing frantic drumming, wailing vocals and killer riffs.

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Hi Mattias, nice to have you on board the blog! Let’s start with a simple one. Why Orange?

I used to own a OR120 a few years back and loved it, that dark and warm tone. Had to let it go though cause of financial reasons. I’d been missing it a lot and when I started looking at Orange amps again I decided on the Thunderverb 200 for it’s high gain and versatility. I needed something that could stand up against my Model T and I’m loving what the Thunderverb brings to the table. That thick low end and grit really completes my tone. Our band is really loud and that’s just how I like it, I want to feel those riffs, not just hear them.

The Thunderverb isn’t struggling in that department.

What amps are you currently running for your live setup?

My complete setup is a Thunderverb 200 and a -74 Sunn Model T that sits on 2 PPC412HP8 cabinets, I’m also using an Ampeg SVT 3 PRO that sits on an Ampeg 8×10 cabinet.

How about your recording set-up?

I usually use my live rig in the studio as well.

What is it about these amplifiers & cabinets that you like? Not only sonically but also any noticeable comments about how they handle life on the road.

Apart from what I’ve already mentioned I just love how the Orange cabinets sit right on the floor, that really brings out the low end. My cabinets are heavy as hell but it’s all worth it, they’re really solid.

How do you like to set the amp up? This doesn’t have to be exact settings, just what settings you have found work for you, a photo of the setting will also do!

I run my signal through all three amps. They are all are on most of the time.

The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

It’s stock and my Thunderverb came with 6550’s. I might swap ‘em ouf for kt88’s though. I like those a lot.

Would you like to add/provide any additional information?

I’d just like to express my deep appreciation to Orange for taking interest in and supporting our band and me as a guitar player.

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Go and check out Galvano, listen to their record, browse some pictures and buy a shirt! Till next time.

http://galvano.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/GALVANOgbg

 

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Why Orange?

When using other brands we found that no other could match the clarity and presence that Orange have. Our guitar tones are now presented to the fullest and we can perform live with full confidence that we’re going to sound great, even in venue’s with bad acoustics/PA/sound systems. The gear is so convenient to travel with as well! Cabs and heads are a great size and we were amazed how much power they have. The first time we jammed with Orange we knew we wouldn’t turn back.

What amps/cabs are you using?

Both guitarists are using Dual Terror heads. They are small and deliver more power than a lot of the other big heavy heads we used to drag to shows. Also the two stage preamp makes it perfect for live and studio use. We use PPC212 open back cabs with the heads. The open back with Celestion vintage speakers make our live sound the biggest its ever been. And we were stoked that they came in black!

Our bassist uses the Terror bass 500. All we can really say is since we got this to our back line, our sound got heavy… really heavy. Biggest bass presence we’ve ever felt!

Do you remember the first time you saw an Orange amp?

Not exactly. To be totally honest it was just the continuing amount of bands that we seen live bringing Orange gear onto the stage and sounding amazing that made us take notice of the brand. A lot of those were UK artists and ones we massively respected too: Skindred and Architects, to name a couple.

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Guitar tech for Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, Josh Newton, was once arrested for looking too intense in black and white

Guitar tech for Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy, Josh Newton, was once arrested for looking too intense in black and white

I have very hazy memories of having danced danced to many of the songs off ‘From Under the Cork Tree” at the local rock club when I was a student. Now onto their fifth studio album, Fall Out Boy are in the upper echelons of music, selling out tours and touring the world over and over.

Currently keeping these wheels turning are two techs, Josh Newton and Brian Diaz. Josh has been a touring musician for over 20 years in bands such as The Damned Things and Every Time I Die, but only in the tech game for one year. Brian has been a tech for eleven years and has worked with some of the rock giants of our time (Guns N’ Roses, Anthrax, Primus, Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, Sum 41)

 What’s a typical day life for you on tour?

Brian : The day usually starts with me waking up way too early for the backline to get loaded in, so I hang around, eat breakfast and watch the other departments build their rigs whether it’s lighting, video, whoever. Once I roll my gear in place I try to get started with changing strings as soon as I can while I wait for audio to be ready for us to soundcheck. It’s usually at this point that I’ll do any repairs or try to recreate any issues I may have experienced the show before. Usually it’s something pretty easy like a loose pot, or a bad cable that needs to be replaced. Sometimes it may involve re-tubing a head or something more involved. More days than not, there isn’t much to do other than restring and polish up the guitars. Show time is pretty much the same every day: line check, tape down setlists and cables, bring out the water and towels, and then wait for the band to show up to stage. Fall Out Boy tends to be pretty on time everyday. Other bands I have worked for are famously extremely tardy. End of the night it’s a race to get it all in the truck, take a shower and get back to the bus.

Josh: I usually start setting up at around 12pm or so. I get the backline up and running, tweak things here and there. After that I’ll restring the guitars and check the intonation and action. We line check around 3pm, then wait until show time. Post show we get out of there as quickly as possible then do it all again the next day.

 Favourite part of the job?

Brian: My favourite part of doing this is the times when you get recognized for the work you do. It makes the long hours that you put in which seem pointless actually worth it. That and the travel. I have always been a fan of exploring new places, and this has given me the opportunity to see the world and get paid for it.

Josh: Getting things to sound good and work correctly. I like the challenge off trying to get things exactly the same every day despite the different conditions.

What Orange Gear are Fall Out Boy using?

Brian: Right now Patrick Stump is using the Dark Terror at 15 watts. Normally this is dumped into a Palmer PGA-04 load box, since we have these elaborate stage sets where onstage backline doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. When we do use cabinets we are using whatever Orange 4x12s we can get our hands on. Just yesterday we got some black 2x12s that we are going to try out today.

Josh: [Joe Trohman] has used several. The Thunderverb 200, Rockerverb 100 or 50, and the Tiny Terror are the most used with us. Cabs are usually PPC412 or PPC212.

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 What is it about Orange amplifiers & cabinets that you like?

Brian: First and foremost it’s always about the tone. Before this Patrick was using (edit: someone else’s amplifier) that I had done a bit of modifying to so they were sounding just okay. We had these shows where I couldn’t get the amp to stop buzzing and I borrowed a Tiny Terror from Joe Trohman and it was game over. There was an immediate difference in the breadth of sound and the amount of crunch I was able to get out of it. Patrick liked it immediately and wanted to try the Dark Terror because he tends toward a more metal tone. I was into it immediately because of the size and the metal construction. They are so compact and so sturdy.

Josh:I’ve never had one go down on me. They’re built like tanks, specifically the cabs. Solid stuff. 

The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes the stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

Brian:I have been using the Dark Terrors stock and they sound great. I do hear from time to time about swapping out the V1 tube for a Tung Sol, but I haven’t got around to experimenting with that yet. We have a couple more heads coming to us for a second rig we are building, so maybe I’ll drop one in and check it out.

Josh: I usually swap out the tubes to JJ’s. Just a personal preference. With the Thunderverb 200’s, I swapped them out to use KT88s. Just a hair more beef with those monsters. 

Any stand out products from Orange which you would choose over all the rest?

Brian: I am a bassist so I have always been in love with the Orange bass lineup, particularly the AD200. I haven’t tried out the Terror Bass yet, but I’m thinking about checking that out. For the guitar gear, I really love the Thunderverb 200.

John: I’m a fan of the OR series.

Finally, the question to end all questions. Valve or solid state?

Brain:Valve is always going to win this round. I guess it comes from the time spent listening to bands that recorded with tube amps and hearing it live, but you just aren’t recreating the same sound with a solid state amplifier. My work with amps is fairly limited, but what I do have experience with is valve amps. If I had a solid state piece that went down I don’t think I’d be servicing it myself. I definitely have a better shot with a valve amp as I have a better understanding of them.

Josh: It depends. With guitars, tubes tend to be most pleasing to my ears, but bass can go either way. I’ve rarely had an issue with any of Orange’s products.

“Brian gets to travel the world thanks to music!” is what we would have captioned this if we were bored. But we’re not, so we’re captioning it “Why would Brian send us a picture of him surrounded by kangaroos?”

“Brian gets to travel the world thanks to music!” is what we would have captioned this if we were bored. But we’re not, so we’re captioning it “Why would Brian send us a picture of him surrounded by kangaroos?”

Photo by Joshua Ford/Brooklyn Vegan Original article here: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/04/an_interview_wi_90.html

Photo by Joshua Ford/Brooklyn Vegan
Original article here: http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/04/an_interview_wi_90.html

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Stephen O’Malley is one of the reasons I got into loving guitar amplifiers. O’Malley has played in numerous bands such as KTL, Khanate, Burning Witch, Gravetemple and also performs as a solo artist. However, he is probably best known for his work in the band SUNN O))) (named after an old amplifier company). My first experience of SUNN O))) was sat in the front room at a friends house and he played me White One. I was instantly fascinated. A few years later I saw them perform. It was sonically crushing and the oppressive nature of a wall of amplifiers was the light bulb moment for me when it comes to what an amplifier really is and what to can do to you. I also realised what it means to have ‘tone’.

 

Stephen O’Malley’s thankfully plays more than one amplifier brand and we are lucky that he sometimes uses Orange. We asked him about what he likes about Orange and what Orange amps he’s used.

First off, your amplifier collection must be quite varied and large! What is it that you look for in amplifier?

I do have a lot of amplifiers, but not as many as a lot of people I know and of course have my dream quest amps I’m searching for. On tour recently I borrowed a Swedish friend’s old [OR] 120 and wow, that amp sounded great. Body, clarity, tone, power and character. Those are all elements I look for in a guitar amplifier and Orange has these characters. I prefer the higher Wattage amplifiers myself, and many are hard to find for backline in many areas. But Orange has a wide reach… this allows a great tone options while flying in to play and record in places like Mexico City, Rio, Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Melbourne, Seattle, Oslo, etc.

What Orange amplifier(s) and cabinet(s) are being used in your current live rig?

I am a devotee of SUNN O))) but the Orange 4×12 cabinets are my preferred commercial cabinet. I also like playing the Rockerverb 100 and 200 Watt amps here and the vintage 120s* of course. In my flat I have a great Orange Rockerverb 50 combo for writing, and for local recording appointments.

*Editor: See http://www.orangeamps.com/heritage/legacy-products/1960s-1970s/the-or120-pics-text/ for the OR120s full history

 

How do you like to set the amp up?

I actually prefer a clean amp sound with tons of transparency and headroom, fit with vintage preamp tubes which I can drive simply with the power of my Travis Bean guitar. I’m really into effects but they are the frosting on the clear/direct tone of the guitar, not the overall tone of the sound I like.

The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

Actually I am well satisfied with the stock tubes, eventually I’ll probably drop in sole vintage pres but the tone is great already.

Would you like to add/provide any additional information?

I just released an album called ÄÄNIPÄÄ “Through a pre-memory” on Editions Mego, which is primarily a collaboration with the with the great Finnish electronic guru Mika Vainio of PAN SONIC, and also features Alan Dubin from KHANATE and Gnaw. SUNN O))) is releasing a collaboration album Norwegian progressive band ULVER in February 2014.

We also finally started a website… we are a slow band in all aspects. Folks can find a lot of information about the band, as well as a selection of merch (vintage and modern) on the Southern Lord website. SUNN O))) has a bandcamp where you can preview and buy our entire catalogue to date. I also have a personal website/blog which details live action, gear, art, interests, etc. Thanks for listening!

Thanks to Stephen O’Malley for his contribution to the blog.

Read another great interview with Stephen O’Malley at Brooklyn Vegan

 

Orange caught up with The Early November during this year’s Warped Tour. Enjoy this interview with guitarist and co-founder Joseph Marro.

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Joseph Marro of The Early November

Orange: Hi, how are you doing?

Joseph: Doing quite well

Orange: So where are you guys from?

Joseph: We’re all from the southern New Jersey suburbs, I live in a town called Merchantville.

Orange: How did the band form?

Joseph: Wow good question, it’s going back quite a while now. Our lead singer Ace and I had a band when we were in high school and, like all high school bands, eventually we broke up and formed another band with some guys and that band also broke up. Ace then asked me to play again for The Early November when it was in its infancy and he had a few demos and I said “wow this is awesome let me play in your band again!” so that was probably going back to 2001. 2002 the band actually put out a demo and gets signed. The rest, as they say, is history.

Orange: So what are you using now as far as amp equipment?

Joseph: I am using the Rockerverb 50 Combo, which is a replacement of my Rockerverb 100 which I used in the previous touring days.

Orange: And is it all stock?

Joseph: It’s all stock. It’s exactly what we recorded all the past albums with and all of the new album with, I used the head on the last album and I needed to replicate those sounds exactly.

Orange: You just recently got back together correct?

Joseph: I guess it’s been two years at this point now. We put out that record last summer. (Watch the video for “In Currents” from that album)

Orange: And how’s that been going for you? I heard a lot of the newer stuff live and it’s sounding great.

Joseph: We put it out in June of last year and it did really well. Then we toured for a while we did a full US with The Wonder Years and then we did another tour with Cartel who are from Georgia and now we’re doing all of Warped Tour, so after this we’ll take a little break.

Josesph uses the Rockerverb 50 212 Combo on all of The Early November's albums

Josesph uses the Rockerverb 50 212 Combo on all of The Early November’s albums

Orange: You’re on Warped Tour right now. Do you miss air conditioning?

Joseph: I would not mind playing normal venues again, although Warped Tour is great it’s just a long, long trip. This is our fifth Warped Tour as a band. Our first Warped Tour 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013, oh wait my bad that’s four, edit that part out. (laughs)

Orange: I will (not), and what guitar do you use?

Joseph: I’ve been using my old SG, it’s the same guitar we recorded with so live I try and do the same thing. I have a couple other guitars, I have a Jazzmaster and Rickenbacker, but for Warped Tour it’s just all about efficiency so SG 62 Reissue all stock. I’m a stock guy, whatever it sounds like.

Orange: I guess that’s because it’s the way it was made to be.

Joseph: Yeah, that’s the thing, I remember my favorite band Jimmy Eat World used Orange and used an SG, I don’t know if he still does, and a Rickenbacker and so I own both those guitars.

Jimmy Eat World Live in the UK, Credit: Dave Phillips

Jimmy Eat World Live in the UK, Credit: Dave Phillips

Orange: So do you use any pedals to effect your sound or tone?

Joseph: Very little, I love the clean tone, that’s why I bought the amp. I love both the clean channel and distorted which you rarely find both stand on their own on one amp. I use Blues Drive to give it a little kick, a Pro Co Rat another Jimmy Eat World trick, a delay, and a Holy Grail, super simple.

Orange: You’re on the road a lot any music you’ve been listening to?

Joseph: My favorite records, the new Vampire Weekend, Frightened Rabbit, the new National. As far as TV we watch a lot of Food Network, I don’t know why.

Orange: I love Chopped, watch it all the time.

Joseph: Yeah, it’s a great show. I don’t have cable at home so this is a treat for me and we’ve been watching a lot of Discovery Channel. We’ve been watching that show Naked and Afraid or something, it’s the most insane show and I said “this can’t be real” and I actually started watching it and it’s pretty good, there’s definitely worse shows out there.

Orange: What have you been eating on the road a lot, like your favorite band recipe?

Joseph: Well unfortunately whenever we have a day off everyone wants to go to Buffalo Wild Wings which I don’t like, for no other reason than I think there are better places to go. Ruby Tuesdays I like a lot. We obviously eat a lot of tour catering, lots of Hot Pockets.

Orange: So when was the first time you saw an Orange Amp?

Joseph: It probably stems back to Jimmy Eat World era late 90’s indie rock. So when I was growing up all the bands had stuff you could generally find at a pawn shops or for whatever reason wasn’t the newest stuff and I don’t remember which amp it was but I saw an Orange, and anything different I was always into anything that made me saw why is that an amp and then I saw Jimmy Eat World using one. I did a little research when I was younger before Wikipedia and learned some of the history and thinking this is cool stuff, I don’t know what these amps sound like except for seeing it in some video online. So the first time I ever saw one in person I remember being very excited. A couple years later we got signed and I bought my very first Orange. My amp in general I feel is very versatile it has a very chimey clean and it’s heavy as hell. I also remember Converge playing them, I remember seeing Converge live and being like “you’re kidding me” that’s such a massive set up. I remember there used to be a website where you could see bands pedal setups. I remember seeing Jimmy Eat World used that RAT for their Orange and that’s how I discovered Orange and what made me want one. They said we use a RAT through this Orange and that’s how it sounds this way that’s it. I’m a basic guy when it comes to gear, stock stuff it sounds good.

Orange: That’s awesome, well thank you so much for talking with us!

I’m not that old, I do however have certain levels of nostalgia and ‘back when…’ thoughts. Tied in with all of these feelings are bands which I listened to when I was getting into music / building amps / playing guitar in bands which are still some of my all time favourites and still are under heavy rotation. One of these bands is Alkaline Trio. Their latest record, ‘ My Shame is True’ (video stream the entire album here) is still as fresh and rocking like all their previous. After a long tour of Europe, they have just kicked off their US tour. Here we catch Dan and Matt to talk about all things Orange!

Start off with a simple one, why Orange?

Dan: The AD200B is the best sounding and most reliable head I’ve ever tried…

Matt: Both sonically and aesthetically Orange is a classic. They’re the coolest looking and sounding amps going and the people who run the company have been very supportive of our band. It’s an honour to share the stage with Orange equipment.

 

AD200B Bass Amp

AD200B Bass Amp

 

First off Dan, what amplifiers are you currently using in your live rig?

Dan: AD200B with two Orange 4×10 cabs.

Matt: I’m using two Orange cabs but I switch heads pretty often.  

What is it about these amplifiers & cabinets that you like?

Dan: The main thing, obviously, is the tone… I like a pretty overdriven sound and the Orange gives me the plus a nice subtle, natural compression (I don’t ever worry about “farting out”) – Plus, the thing is super durable AND has never overheated… No doubt I’ll be playing this thing ’til I’m 64.

Matt: They not only look and sound amazing but they also travel quite well. We have everything in flight cases (Orange in colour) and they look as good as new every time we open ’em and sound even better.

What’s the typical settings on your amp?

Dan: My EQ is all at midnight, maybe the bass is a little closer to 1:00 – My gain is around 11:00 and the volume somewhere between 11:00 and midnight… Plus I’m always running a Fulltone Bass Driver, just barely gained up.

Matt: Dan gets this really groovy, dirty sound that also works really well on some of the slower numbers. It’s very percussive in that the tone is sensitive to how hard he is playing. He’ll switch things up and use different pedals, but his straight up tone on his stuff sounds amazing and warm while still maintaining a really sweet, huge bite. It’s a beautiful noise and integral to our sound.

Is your recording rig any different to the above?

Dan: In the studio I’m usually using 2 or 3 amps, plus a direct signal. The AD200B is combined with a 1×15 bass combo and sometimes a 100w guitar amp through a 4×12.

Matt: Every record is different. We always have our Orange rigs on hand and often use them. We’ll mess around with just about anything but Orange gear is the foundation of the initial sound.

Dan Andriano

Dan Andriano

We of course love our valves at Orange and we have used a number of different brands in the past, our main aim of course is to find the best valves we can for the job, however, like all things, this varies between player. The current Orange amps you are working on, are the tubes stock or do you have a preferred brand? If so, which?

[Editor Note: Matt was kind enough to contact his tech, Tobe Bean, and ask him for more in depth explanation of the above question.]

Matt: Our stage manager / tech Tobe is always up to something. He loves working with the Orange stuff and could give a deeper insight as to what’s actually been done to our heads and cabs.

Tobe: I tend to stick with Groove Tube EL34s for Matt. They sound really aggressive and break up quicker than say something like a 6L6. They are the best fit for reproducing Alkaline Trio studio albums in a live setting.

 

Finally, any additional info?

We would just like to say that we are honoured to be standing in front of the best amps and cabs made every time we take the stage. Thanks You Orange!!!


For all the latest on alkaline trio visit their website : http://www.alkalinetrio.com/

“From The Road” is a series focusing on Orange Ambassadors and their touring experiences.

We start the series with a photo update from Sparrows. They’re currently on a 100 day tour (or something ridiculous like that). These Canadians, who describe their sound as “spacey post punk rock,”  almost never leave the road. Check out their new EP, “Cold Ground,” at their Bandcamp.

Enjoy!

Hello Orange Amplifier enthusiast. This is Devlin from Sparrows speaking. I play guitar and yell in the band. We’ve been on tour for the past few weeks, and I’m here to share some stories and pictures and other fun stuff from what’s been going on. This is an update from the first half of tour, there’s going to be another update later on with the last half.

Everybody following? Good! On to some pictures.

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Our first stop on tour was Cleveland, Ohio. We played a house show thanks to the wonderful lads in Cleveland locals Harvey Pekar. Before the show, as this picture illustrates, we made a brief stop at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. They had a Rolling Stones exhibit going, which is fitting because we’ve been listening to Keith Richard’s autobiography in the van.

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Day two of tour we played in Chicago, Illinois. One of my personal favourite American cities, Chicago greeted us with some unpleasant traffic getting into the city. We had an interview with Fearless Internet Radio which left us scrambling up some stairs to avoiding being too late. During the whole interview, the pug in the picture was snoring behind us, making for an adorable distraction. We played at Quenchers Saloon that night. Good show, and big thanks to Sam for making that happen!

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This picture was taken in St. Louis, Missouri, at a St. Louis Cardinals game. We were all pretty pumped when we managed to score some cheap tickets to a game in one of the nicest ballparks I’ve ever seen. And I’m a big baseball fan. It was a hot and muggy day, but the ball game was a huge pick-me(us)-up. Tour is all about morale and that definitely helped. Interesting show that night, as there was an (insert genre)-core show next door. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band with that much merch. Probably more weight in shirts than all our gear and trailer combined. Played with Strawberry Girls that night, who ruled. Overall good time

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This is what Kansas looks like. It’s almost impressive how little there is to it. You’re driving and all of a sudden you notice the trees are slowly disappearing, then BAM! You’re surrounded by nothing. Just plains that seem to go on miles (kilometers) and miles. I think I took a good dozen pictures of the landscape alone. It’s hard to pick which of twelve pictures of grass is the best, but I think I did well.

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Believe it or not, that is a donut. After being cooked to perfection, it was covered in melted fudge and roasted strawberries. That’s the food-truck life of Austin, Texas. One of the coolest cities we’ve been to, it certainly lives up to its reputation as “weird”. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen that many interesting, we’ll say “characters”, walking by the venue during the show. Thanks to Blake for letting us crash at his place and keep out of what was a pretty deadly Texas heat.

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Speaking of Texas, the next day was Friday the 13th, meaning $13 tattoos. And since we were in Austin, I decided to permanently brand myself with the state outline. It works out well that this was the first year we toured into Texas, and it’s 2013 so the 13 inside the outline has a bit of a cooler meaning to me. So deep.

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If I had to pick one picture to summarize this tour, this would take the cake. It’s been the tour of van issues. To put it into perspective, we got to Chicago on day two and our steering wasn’t working too well. Take it in and get a ball joint replaced. Back on the road. Get into Texas and realize that one of our tires is ripping. No issue, we have a spare that we can throw on (and by throw on I mean pay a professional to delicately place it on) and we can get on our way. Driving between Austin and San Antonio, we hear something explode and we lose control of the van for bit. We safely pull off the highway and take a look, and the tread on the replacement tire blew up. Wait around 2 hours for a tow-truck, followed by 2 of us going with the van for 2 hours to get all four tires replaced while the other 2 of us wait with the trailer, and we could get back on the road. Touring is expensive.

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This picture in no way gets the whole feeling across of what we experienced. After playing some great shows in Texas, we start heading east and get our first taste of Louisiana, specifically New Orleans. Played at the Mushroom, a cool record store that seemed to be in a predominantly student housing area, we took a night trip to Bourbon Street. While we didn’t actually do anything, the walk through was unlike anything anywhere else in the world to me. Just a strip of bars and clubs, packed with people on a Sunday night, and that just breathed energy. Next time hopefully we can go back with a bit more time to spare. Considering as a band we generally (always) pick sleep over party post-show, this would have made an enticing exception.

Right now we’re heading up into Alabama for a show in Birmingham as we start the slow process of making our way home. We’ll have another update coming up in the near future. Hope to catch you then!

Devlin Morton, Sparrows