Amp: Orange OR100 Head and PPC412 Cab

My rig consists of an Orange half stack, several PRS guitars, and a plethora of pedals. Orbweaver has two guitarists, and we like to make a lot of noise, so I run the OR100 on full power (100W) and go straight into the cabinet at 16ohms. In certain situations I might run it on a lower wattage setting, such as recording or home use.

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I love the OR100 as it has every feature I need from an amp, without being overly convoluted. It’s just pure tone, without any clutter. I use a dual footswitch so I can run both channels and also use the Global Boost for solos, which boosts your volume without adding gain. Speaking of gain, I don’t use as much as you’d generally expect from a metal band, my tone is more crunchy, and I set the gain knob around 6 and a half. Tone controls I generally run at 7 across the board.

The PPC412 is hands down the best cab I’ve ever used. The day I bought it I AB’d a bunch of different cabinets and it stood head and shoulders above the rest – excellent projection and clarity, while still sounding warm and heavy as fuck.

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Main Guitars: PRS Custom 22 Goldtop, PRS SE Navarro Custom 24

My number one guitar is a PRS Custom 22 with a wide-fat neck and tremolo. I’ve been playing it for about 4 years straight now. I have it set up with 11’s, and have found myself playing with higher action lately. I love doing all kinds of ridiculous things with the whammy bar, and lucky for me, it holds tune really well for a non-locking tremolo. My settings on it are pretty simple, 90% of what I do is play through the bridge humbucker, with volume and tone on full. The volume knob rolls off really well, and interacts nicely with the tube amp gain, so I utilize that a lot for swells and strange noises…

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I recently acquired the Navarro SE from PRS as a backup for the Goldtop. The neck is a wide-thin profile, so it’s a little more shreddy than the ’22. I put a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge, and kept the coil split on each pickup. It’s a killer guitar and has made an excellent backup, even coping with freezing conditions on our recent winter tour.

Pedals: Lots

So right now my pedal board consists of: a Seymour Duncan Deja Vu Delay, Shape Shifter tremolo, BBE Mind Bender chorus/vibrato, MXR Phase 90, MXR Carbon Copy delay, Boss TU2 tuner, and my Orange 2 button footswitch.

I say right now, as our pedal boards tend to be in a state of flux. Especially now as we are writing new songs, I will probably be bringing back my wah, adding an envelope filter, trying out new delays, etc.

The settings vary depending on what song/riff we are playing, we do a lot of tweaking and tap dancing.

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Check out more from Orbweaver and order their debut EP…

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facebook.com/orbweaver.official
Twitter: @orbweaverband

Orbweaver’s debut EP ‘Strange Transmissions From the Neuralnomicon’ is out now on colored vinyl through Corpse Flower Records – www.corpseflowerrecords.com

Give us a brief run down of your career to date and how you ended up playing Orange…

I started playing music 33 years ago when I was 10.  So I’m going to skip to 2006 to save us a little time!  I was playing bass with Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices) and the guitarist on my side of the stage was Dave Philips.  He’s very talented and had already played with Frank Black, Tommy Stinson, and many others.  He was using a AD30TC for the whole tour and I couldn’t believe how accurate it was.  Very few knobs and they were all set near 5.  Sounded perfect.

Because I’m a guitarist too (see my current solo project Split Single), I went home after the tour and ordered an AD30TC for myself from my local guitar store, Guitar Works in Evanston, IL.

Let’s start with a simple one. Why Orange?

Most of my time performing these days is with Bob Mould and Superchunk, for whom I play bass.  I had performed on Jimmy Fallon in September 2011 with a band called Telekinesis.  The guitarist, Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers), is an Orange endorsee and he put in a call to Alex at Orange to see if they could provide me with a bass rig for the show. Alex took care of me. I plugged in my Roger Mayer Rocket Fuzz into the Orange and the band exploded all the way to number one on the charts.  Not really.  But it sounded great.

When the Bob Mould tribute show happened in November 2011, I asked Alex again if he could help out.  I was to play bass with Bob, Dave Grohl, Britt Daniel, The Hold Steady, and Margaret Cho.  He, again, took care of me and we started a good working relationship.  I have used the Orange bass rig ever since when available.

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What amps are you currently running for your live set-up?

Bob Mould & Superchunk: AD200B MK3 head with OBC410 & OBC115 cabs

Split Single: AD30TC Combo

How about your recording set-up?

Same

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.

They are durable and easy to use.  Always plenty of power if I need it.

How do you like to set the amp up?

Everything on 5.

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

I haven’t worn tube socks since middle school. They make my calves itchy which effects my playing.

Would you like to say anything else?

I got sunburn on my left shoulder in Tennessee last week.  It’s blistering now.  Should be fine in a week.

Hungarian band Tankcsapda is one not just the most popular heavy metal bands to come out of that country in several years, they’re actually one of the most popular Hungarian bands, period. Last year when they released their entire back catalog of albums (14 albums total) they maintained the top 14 spots on Hungary’s record sales charts for two straight weeks.

You read that correctly. They had the top 14 albums for two straight weeks. Entire ALBUMS!

This enthusiasm for Tankcsapda translates to their live shows. They play to huge audiences.

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This is not a festival audience. This is their regular nightly audience

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Gabor Sidlovics, guitarist in the band and Orange Ambassador, powers these venues with his multiple Orange amps and cabs. Here’s a picture of his rig during the band’s 2013 “ROCKMAFIA” tour. He uses (2) Thunderverb 200 heads.

 

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Backstage, and as a B-rig for live shows in the case of extreme amp failures, he uses a scaled down set-up consisting of a Jim Root #4 Terror.

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In addition to being super popular, and quite frankly writing awesome songs, the band also has their own beer in a collaboration with Soproni Brewing. Soproni is basically Heineken from Hungary. So to be clear, they have a beer collaboration with one of the biggest beer companies in the world, not just in Hungary. Here’s the label.

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You may have noticed something about the shirt the singer is wearing. That’s right, folks. He wore the Orange Crest shirt. We’re on a freaking beer label!

You might be asking yourself why we’re so enthusiastic about this band’s accomplishments. Well, for one, they’re Orange Ambassadors, so clearly we have a vested interest here. But more importantly, Tankcsapda is just a great band. They blend this sort of old world anthem-style with modern rock and metal. Check out every video the band’s ever made here and you’ll get an idea of how they’ve evolved in the past 25 years.

Enjoy!

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

Count To Four is a progressive pop-punk band from South Jersey. They’ve got three EPs and a full-length to their name and there’s no plan to slow down.

Here’s a video they shot talking about the Orange amps and cabs they use for recording and touring. More from the band after the jump!

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In the band’s words…

“With Orange comes not only a succinct and unique level of excellence, but the professionalism and quality that is second to none. Being in a touring band, one comes across thousands of different rigs for thousands of different guitar players. However, the second you see an Orange cab or head, it honestly changes the opinion you have of that musician; they clearly know what they are doing. Not only is this evident from the myriad of independent and local bands we have come across, but it is also the case for many of our idols and inspirations. Tom Linton from Jimmy Eat World has been using Orange equipment since the days of Static Prevails, and the stages of Warped Tour have been cluttered with them since as long as we can remember.

Count to Four’s guitarist Jay Miller has always been drawn to the PPC412AD Angled Speaker Enclosure. Because the top two speakers are angled upward, this cab is perfect for smaller stages, providing the guitarist with improved clarity and volume. The 60 Watt Celestion Vintage 30 Speakers give the cab a warm low end while providing the mid-range famously associated with Celestion.

The dream cab for Mike Hayden, Count To Four’s singer/guitarist, has always been the PPC412HP8 High Power 4×12” Speaker Enclosure. In contrast with the brighter tones of a Marshall, this cabinet will produce a darker tone that provides a low-end boost, a tight tone, and the bite that you can only get from an Orange cab. Made with 100 Watt Celestion G12K100 speakers, it truly is the epitome of an industry standard. However, the cornerstone for Orange is their PPC series. Whether a 2×12” is needed for smaller venues, or a 4×12’ is desired for power, the PPC series is a fantastic option for the classic Orange tone. His dream head, however, is the Rockerverb 100 MK II. This head offers the perfect combination of simplicity and variety, a vast choice of tones from a light crunch to the high gain output for metal. However, the Dual Terror head offers a fantastic, portable model that allows for a massive tonal range in small “to-go” package.

There really is no wrong choice when you are dealing with a company as professional as Orange, especially when they offer you a diverse amount of equipment to give you any sound you desire. Being a part of the Orange family would certainly be a dream come true, and the next step in our musical maturity.”

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Orange: Alright would you like to introduce yourself?

Cory: My name is Cory Fischer, and I play guitar in Frameworks.

Orange: How long have you guys been a band?

Cory: We have been a band for two and a half years, since early 2011.

Orange: You’ve released two EP’s and a new split with Prawn. Have you been excited about that?

Cory: Yeah it’s awesome! They’re awesome dudes, and Kittyhawk and Droughts are also really good.

Orange: I was able to catch you guys last night, how was that experience?

Cory: It was really awesome. A lot of people came so that was really good. It’s our hometown so we saw a lot of friends and bands we’ve played with.

Orange: Is this your first time playing FEST?

Cory: We’ve played house shows around here before but this was our first time on the schedule.

Orange: You guys just announced your signing to Topshelf Records, how did that happen?

Cory: Just knowing a lot of bands on their label that come through here we got to know them, and through FEST I met Kevin Duquette from Topshelf. He asked us to play SXSW and we were more than happy to do it.

Orange: You recorded that split at Glow In The Dark Studios, how was it working there?

Cory: It was awesome. That studio is probably the best studio in the southeast. Everything is really nice there and Matt McClellan is really good at what he does.

Orange: Who will be recording your full length “Loom”?

Cory: Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden Recording Studio, he did Deafheaven’s Sunbather. He also did The Caution Children.

Orange: Could you run through the equipment you use?

Cory: Yeah man, I use an Epiphone BC30 combo amp and I run that through a 2×12 Orange cabinet and a 2×12 Mesa.

Orange: How do you like the Orange cabinet?

Cory: It’s awesome, my gear wouldn’t sound nearly as good without Orange. The main reason I got an Orange is because I knew it was something that was going to sound good regardless of what I use.

Orange: Can you run me through the pedals you use?

Cory: Andy and I both use BOSS DD-20’s on a setting that might be warp. It basically sustains all the notes that are being delayed and it sounds super thick. I also use a Ibanez TS9 and a BOSS tuner.

Orange: So have you been on the road a lot?

Cory: Yes we’ve been on four separate tours this year with Rescuer, Caravels, Slingshot Dakota, Prawn, Tiny Moving Parts, we had a few shows with Calculator, and a band called Sleep Patterns from southern Florida.

Orange: When was the first time you saw or heard of Orange?

Cory: Probably watching Mastodon, I’ve always kind of known about you guys and your quality stuff.

Orange: So what’s the tour diet?

Cory: It depends. If I have money I eat like a king! If I’m broke I’m pretty much eating bagels because they fill you up and you can get them discounted and like the end of day. A lot of Taco Bell. Sometimes Denny’s happens.

Orange: What bands have influenced your sound?

Cory: A lot of our friend’s bands. The Caution Children, they’ve had a big impact on my playing. A lot of post-rock bands like This Will Destroy You, Explosions In The Sky, and Russian Circles. Just a lot of pretty music with textures.

Orange: So as far as FEST bands go, who should people check out?

Cory: I know I’ve already talked a lot about The Caution Children but definitely check them out! Calculator, Tiny Moving Parts is really great live, Caravels is awesome, Slingshot Dakota is great, really nice people and they only write bangers! If you want to have a good time and listen to some happy music and feel good about your life listen to Slingshot Dakota!

Orange: Anything you’d like to add, anything about where people could check you out?

Cory: Yeah we have a bandcamp and we’re releasing Loom through Topshelf so check that out!

Listen to “Loom” by Frameworks off their soon to come full length record on YouTube

Chris Teti, guitarist for The World Is A Beautiful Place

Chris Teti, guitarist for The World Is A Beautiful Place

Orange: So would you like to introduce yourself?

Chris: My name is Chris and I play guitar and trumpet in The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die.

Orange: Quite a name, I won’t ask any questions about it because I’m sure you’re tired of it.

Chris: Yeah it’s a lot, I just make stuff up now even though I wasn’t in the band when it first came out.

Orange: How long have you guys been a band?

Chris: The band was around for about a year or two before I joined so I want to say about four years. I joined about two and a half years ago.

Orange: You put out a lot of music in that time frame.

Chris: Yeah we have a couple EP’s, a split, a four way split, and a new LP finally.

Orange: And how has the response to Whenever, If Ever been going?

Chris: Oh it’s been really good. It felt so good to finally release it because we’ve been working on it for so long and the recording process took a while because we recorded at a couple different studios. We recorded at a studio in Massachusetts and I had recorded a bunch of stuff as well at the studio I work at. The response has been going really well, when the record leaked we played in Boston the next day and kids knew the words to all the new songs we played.

Orange: So it’s been a lot of fun playing the new stuff?

Chris: Yeah it’s really nice because we have been playing the previous songs a lot and when the record came out we could play everything we’d want.

Orange: What’s your favorite song to play live?

Chris: I think my favorite is Heartbeat In The Brain because it ends kind of sludgy, and it might be my favorite song off the record actually. It’s really fun to play.

Orange: What do you take inspiration from personally?

Chris: I’d say when we recorded I was listening to a lot of Engine Down and Failure. I try to just make weird sounds, I’m not the greatest at writing the bare bones rhythm on things. I better at weird layers and weird leads. I’m better at like spacey stuff.

Orange: So when did the recording process start?

Chris: The recording started in June or July of 2012 and it ended about February 2013. So it was a long process, the tracking was spaced out. Most of the instrumentation within the first couple of weeks of that actually and we had demoed out and started writing songs a year before actually. We wrote more songs cut some, we cute a song right at the end of the recording process right before it was going to be mixed.

Orange: Do you ever play that song live?

Chris: Yes we do play it live, it’s mostly vocal driven, the instrumentation is pretty sparse. We do play is live occasionally, it’s hard sometimes because we have a loud crowd and it’s hard to translate.

Orange: How did you guys all meet?

Chris: Greg and I specifically went to high school together and played in bands since I was like 14. I grew up with his sister. Through playing in bands in Connecticut we all kind of met each other. Steve played in Greg and I’s old band My Heart To Joy, he played drums right at the end and it was just our bands playing together really.

Orange: Do you ever miss playing in My Heart To Joy?

Chris: Honestly not really. It was fun while it lasted and I’m much more happy now with this band.

Orange: Of course, you guys do an incredible job. I remember catching you guys at WonderRoot in Atlanta and the show basically sold out, people were pouring out of the venue and standing outside because they couldn’t get in.

Chris: That show was so awesome, that place was great.

Orange: So what equipment do you use?

Chris: Both Derek and I use the same type of head. I use to use a Fender Twin Reverb, then I used a Peavey VTM 120, and then on our US tour this Summer I bought a 5152 and have been using that into an Ampeg V4 cab. Just got a Gibson Les Paul double cutaway P-90’s and my pedal board is constantly changing, just different pitch shifters, delays, and reverbs. I literally forget what’s on there sometimes. I just got paid for a record I was working on so I’m just going to buy more pedals.

Orange: So who are some bands that played Fest you recommend people check out?

Chris: Definitely Weatherbox, Code Orange Kids they’re always insane, Fucking Invincible is awesome, Lovechild they used to be in a band called Cerce that we toured with, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, Sainthood Reps, Sleepytime Trio. I’m sure there’s way more, trying to narrow it to like six.

Orange: What’s been your favorite set so far?

Chris: Definitely has been Code Orange Kids.

Orange: So, you have any weird tour stories?

Chris: Alright, we were doing a late night drive last week from upstate New York to West Virginia and we were changing seats in the van and we found this weird public access radio station, I don’t think it was a college radio station, but they were playing like weird ambient spacey creepy stuff and we called it like “Hell radio” and it was great. It’s like driving through the woods in upstate New York to the scariest music I’ve ever heard. It was awesome though, and it made that drive so much better.

Orange: How was going out with Brand New?

Chris: That was awesome, they’re one of my favorite bands. Actually when we were writing the record I was listening to them a lot. It was awesome definitely the wildest tour I’ve ever done. The reception was really good too. I think all the dates sold out before we actually got on the tour so it was kind of up for grabs whether people knew you or not or you were going to be able to win them over. Everyone in Brand New was super nice to us.

Orange: You’re on the road a lot, have you had any time to write anything new?

Chris: We actually just started writing a new record. It’s a project that’s going to be with our friend named Chris. Not going to give too many details but it’s going to be spacey. We recorded for a few days before we left. I’m tracking the record, right now it’s pretty long it’s around 38 minutes we’re probably going to cut it down in the end but it’s going really well so far. It’s probably going to be about five songs. We’ve been writing some of the stuff on the spot for that but it’s going really well.

Orange: So when did you first see an Orange Amplifier?

Chris: Definitely when I was younger, I actually use an Orange cab at the studio I work at all the time.

Orange: What’s the studio you work at?

Chris: Silver Bullet Studios. We’ve done like Hostage Calm, Make Do And Mend, The World Is…, Misery Signals, a band we’ve worked on recently called Life In Your Way they’re actually sponsored by Orange we use their cab.

Orange: What head do you use at your studio?

Chris: I have a bunch of heads. I have a Peavey VTM 120, Acoustic 150, Peavey 400 Bass, 5150 multiple versions of that, Fender Twin Reverb, I actually had an Orange head come in recently it was the Thunderverb 50, which is actually sick because I use to use a Fender Twin live with an over drive pedal and I actually like the Thunderverb 50 a lot because the cleans are really good and then the overdrive was as if I had gotten the best pedal ever with the Twin like one I was always searching for.

Orange: So there is a lot of you what is your bands tour diet on the road?

Chris: It ranges pretty hard because I’m a vegan and so is our keyboard and cello player. Greg is vegetarian and everyone else eats meat which is fine. We try to eat as healthy as we can we try to get fruits and vegetables but sometimes it definitely comes down to the Taco Bell late night add potatoes substitute meat. It’s pretty easy, at gas stations it’s a little grim I’m like well do I want Oreo’s or potato chips but I find something.

Orange: Well thank you for talking with me man!

Chris: Yeah no problem.

Orange: Is there anything you’d like to add about where people should check you out or anything?

Chris: We have most of our stuff up for free online on our bandcamp or Topshelf Records bandcamp.

 

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Orange: Why don’t you guys introduce yourselves.

JP: I’m JP and I do vocals in Rescuer

Andrew: I’m Andrew and I play guitar in Rescuer

Orange: How long have you guys been a band?

JP: About a year and a half now. Before the band started Danny (bassist) and I were in another band together. Rescuer was actually another band that played two or three shows, a completely separate thing from what we are. We kind of just randomly merged bands to what it became now and since then it’s been about a year and a half.

Orange: You guys are on No Sleep Records correct?

JP: Yeah! That’s a new development. We did our last record with Rise Records and I hit No Sleep up asking them what they thought of it, because that’s one of my favorite labels and they’ve been killing it for the past couple of years. I met those dudes a couple of times and they were really psyched on us and it all kind of just worked out really well.

Orange: Do you guys have any new music coming out?

JP: Yeah, when we get home from FEST we are going to start finishing our record. In January we are going to record with Jack Shirley who recorded Deafheaven‘s newest record, he’s actually recording Frameworks as well and there is a band from Jacksonville called The Caution Children, who are good friends of ours, they recorded there as well.

Orange: You guys just got to tour with Frameworks, how was that?

JP: That was back in April, those are close friends of mine so it was really cool. A lot of shows were a little weird but I enjoyed it. What did you think?

Andrew: The shows were kind of strange as far as location. Venue wise I don’t know if it was the most well suited choices but it was definitely a different experience for each of our bands because we are so new compared to what’s going on there.

JP: It was cool because we were all friends before the tour but now we are super close. Actually after tour Frameworks did a tour in July for about a month and I went with them so it was really cool. I love those dudes.

Orange: So what’s an example of a weird experience you had on tour?

JP: On the Frameworks tour we played a place in Fayetteville, North Carolina and we got to the venue, I’ll disclaimer, they were great people at the venue I enjoyed myself in the long run but when we got there it’s this place called the Drunk Horse Pub and I guess the best way to put this it was like a shopping center and legitimately there was the venue and like eight strip clubs in this place.

Orange: Eight? That’s not singular.

JP: No there was a bountiful amount of strip clubs.

Andrew: That’s what I meant as far as venues-wise. We had the strangest combinations of people come every night.

Orange: Did people from the strip clubs come and watch you guys play?

JP: Yeah they owned the venue as well.

Andrew: There was a place next door called The Pump House which I guess was a massage parlor and they tried to wave us in but we didn’t end up going.

Orange: Does that decision haunt you?

Andrew: Yeah I think we should have. Actually I have one story better than that. On that tour I pulled the best prank of my life. So we played in New Jersey and I was by a river and I found this rock right next to a broken beer bottle and I had it in my pocket for like a week. Well we ended up playing DC on that tour. So Frameworks and us we all went to the Air and Space Museum so I was like “I’m going to put this rock somewhere where people will think it’s from space” and they were all like “bullshit”. So I walk in and there’s this podium in the middle of the room and it’s a moon rock display. So I just walked up and put this rock in the middle of this podium, it looked so perfect, and after a while there was a line of people waiting to see this “moon rock” and they were all taking pictures. That was probably the best tour experience of my life.

Orange: I have this feeling if that were the case they wouldn’t let anyone touch it.

JP: Yeah, that’s why I was like do these people really think it’s real and they can just go pick it up? I was telling them I want to go back and take it back, because it’s my rock, like go back and take it and just leave to see what people would do.

Andrew: I think the best part was checking the aftermath via the internet, like Instagram, and we went to the locations people checked into for the National Air and Space Museum and we clicked on that and one of the pictures was just a really well shot picture of a hand holding the rock in the light and it’s like #moonrocktouching #space #moon and it got over 100 likes.

JP: Yeah that was a real shinning moment.

Orange: So what kind of equipment are you using on tour?

Andrew: I use a Fender Jazzmaster through a Fender Hot Rod DeVille 4×10. I’m thinking about using an extension cab because it’s so bright. I run a few pedals, I play the Fender clean and I crank it and get the natural peak and make it clip a little because I like that natural distortion. Then I run a TSVG overdrive pedal, they’re a company based out of Philadelphia, they make really cool overdrive and fuzz pedals, highly recommended. I also run a Big Muff into a Crybaby Wah and that into a tiny reverb pedal by Mooer called the Shimverb. I like to keep it simple and just try to get that natural tone as much as I can.

Orange: You used that Orange back lined gear. What did you think of it?

Andrew: Yeah I used that Thunderverb 50. I like Orange a lot, I love the bright English tone you get out of it. I always liked old school Marshalls and I feel like the Orange Thunderverb is a modified, much better version of a JCM 800, so I really like it for that factor. It’s also very versatile too, I really like the Orange Rockerverb how it has the Dirty channel, put the reverb up a little bit, keep my treble down, mids up, bass up. Like I said I like to keep it simple and Orange really lets me achieve that. Very simple and yet bright, very trademark tone.

JP: Michael, our other guitar player played the Rockerverb yesterday. He was excited about it and really wants one now.

Orange: So I noticed when watching you the other day you write about a lot of very personal things to you.

JP: Yeah a lot of those songs didn’t start out as songs originally, it was more so just stuff I had written down. So when the band started I already had material and at first I was like “should I use this, it’s kind of weird things to talk about” and we did anyway and I never really spoke about it. Recently though I thought there’s a lot of things in those songs, all though personal, people can relate to them so I just started explaining my intent. It’s been cool this past tour is the first time I’ve really began talking about it.

Orange: So what’s your writing process like, as far as structuring songs and using lyrics you already have written?

JP: As far as lyrics go a lot of it is just me stewing in my room. A lot of it is random stuff that never gets used in songs.

Andrew: As far as the new record goes it’s been a lot more cohesive. We have more individual input, each individual member has their own flavor so it makes things much more dynamic.

Orange: So who are some of your influences?

JP: On a personal level mewithoutYou is a huge band for me. When I was a lot younger I would go see them and I loved the way Aaron would deliver was just my favorite thing. Other than that I listen to a lot of Envy, they’re probably my favorite band. Actually one of my favorite bands played this fest, Bridge and Tunnel, they’re a big influence on me. Lyrically they write about a lot of personal themes and relate them into a lot of societal issues and that’s big for me.

Andrew: I would say as far as a musician I prefer to involve my own style in my playing. Bands like Sonic Youth and The Jesus Lizard reflect on my playing even though our sound is more melodic and modern.

JP: A lot of things that I catch myself listening to everyday I can’t say really influence me because you couldn’t really tell from listening to us. Probably my favorite band of all time is The Smiths, and I also love The Cure, Joy Division, pretty much any British new wave.

Orange: So what’s the main tour diet?

JP: (laughs)

Andrew: Back in the RV where we have power, if we were able to find a functioning outlet, it was a game changer because it has a built in microwave. Considering that we changed our diet, instead of daily runs to Taco Bell we’d just make Tasty Bite. We do have restricted diets we’re all vegan and vegetarians.

JP: So yeah the diet thing has been cool this time around because of the microwave. On most tours I’ll do my best to experiment and go to nice vegan restaurants but we’ve been travelling so much we’re all broke so the microwave is a real savior for the vegan diet.

Orange: Do you remember the first time you saw an Orange Amplifier?

JP: First band I ever saw use an Orange Amp was Underoath, they’re from my area. They played out of Orange and it was just like the coolest thing. I guess they just got an endorsement so the next show I saw them they showed up and they had all Orange and it just looked incredible.

Andrew: Visually, it’s just stunning.

Orange: Anything else you guys would like to add?

JP: We have a new record coming out next year which we’re really excited about so keep a look out on that.

Andrew: Check out FEST related bands Frameworks, Teenagers, You Blew It!

JP: Check out Tampa bands Ink and Sweat, Recreant, Feral Babies and Tiny Empires.

Orange: Thanks for talking with me guys!

Andrew: Thank you!

After spending the last 7 years cutting their teeth playing live in every rock pub and dingy bar that would have them, Blue Origin have built their reputation on providing an incendiary show in any location.

With their debut album ‘Somnium’ only a few months old, it has already received rave reviews from every corner of the industry. Using crowd sourcing to fund it, it is an album made possible by the fans, written for the fans- showcasing their ability to write music that will entice, seduce and set your ears alight with melodies that weld themselves to your subconscious and shake it to its very core.

Guitarist Mike Hawkings has been playing the Orange Rockerverb 100 MKII equipped with our DIVO system.  DIVO is a real-time valve management system that’s included in some versions of the Rockerverb 100 MKII Head. It reduces the likelihood of valve failure by regulating power. Plus, it provides auto-biasing for your valves – meaning fewer visits to the repair shop.

In this video Mike talks about why he chose Orange and how he uses the Rockerverb 100 MKII with DIVO to get his signature sound for Blue Origin.

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So will you tell us where you guys come from?

Quinn: Yep, The Used is originally from Utah, from different parts and areas, different areas from around Provo, Layton and met up all Salt Lake area, but right now I’m the only one who lives in Utah. The rest of the guys live in L.A. and Australia, Burt does. We’re scattered at the moment but I guess that’s kind of our head base, that’s where we record and do other things.

You guys just came out with a new record, how has that been going?

Quinn: It’s awesome, we did it ourselves we recorded and produced it ourselves, it was just really fun. We had about five or six songs from our practice sessions and we went into Hurley studios they had kind of told us for a couple years that we could use their studio for free and we thought these were some good songs. We wanted them to sound grungy and thrown away anyways so we weren’t looking for a specific polished high fidelity kind of thing. So we did it ourselves and to be honest I had the most fun I’ve had in a long time recording, doing it like that.

So what Orange have you been using so far during this tour?

Quinn: This tour and probably the last fifty tours I’ve done have all been with my Orange Rockerverb 50 MKII. I’ve been using that Jim Root #4 Head for about a year now almost but yeah I love it. It’s good high gain and also when I’m recording and stuff like that I can bring it down and it’s got a nice warm articulate kind of crunch. So it’s a good amp if you need to blend, I find it really good with single note stuff. Chords and stuff like that can be pretty thick and if you’re doing a really thick rhythm, simple rhythm with either a single string or power chords the Orange is nice and thick, everything articulates well. When you’re doing leads and stuff like that there’s a lot of tone behind each note and a lot of roundness in the sound.

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

Quinn: I think the first time I ever saw an Orange was looking through my dads’ old magazines, like band rocker magazines. Seeing advertisements from the 70’s and seeing videos and stuff like that, I kind of always put it to the classic rock, I think it was like MC5 and some other people. Then over time and over time I kind of had the obsession with Marshall and the obsession with Mesa Boogie because everyone used to be doing that in the late 90’s. You know as a kid you start off and you get the really consumer Marshall amp that sounds like salt and pepper, a lot of high end and stuff. So when I first got an Orange I was just like they’re warm and they’re just a lot more of a tube amp than most tube amps. The first time I tried one I was with Glassjaw and Todd had one. This is back in the day, they were switching out amps and doing different stuff and companies were coming to them with different amps and stuff and I remember thinking well if Glassjaw, you know… especially on Todd’s side because he was the more kept together guitar player of Glassjaw and Beck was really a lot more of the rhythm and he would do all these really quick, I don’t know what he was using, he had a lot more gain and all the other stuff was Todd. I just thought they sounded great and it turned me onto it. It was a great amp, I loved it in recordings and people even ask me what it is and well I have this prototype rockerverb and then you know certain people I know, studio owners want that and they buy one and it doesn’t sound quite the same so I have to you know tell people it’s a MK one. There are certain things about it, it can get a little noisy when you gain it up, but most amps do that but that could be a tube thing because I switched them out. So I really do enjoy the sound of Orange, it works well for me and what we do.

So is it all stock the way you have it or have you changed a lot of things about it?

Quinn: I’ve had a few things changed with it. My old tech Drew Foppe, they sent it to him to do some work on it when he was out on the road with Slipknot and said dial this thing in. He sent it back and said here’s where I dialed it in, he dialed in the preamp in and sent them the settings and they said we’ll keep it now. So they sent it to him, and he was on the road with me at the time and so he let me use it and he just said you can keep it, so anyway it’s got a couple things to it that are modified but you know live I really find it when the gain hits around 2o’clock on the dial it really sucks all the tone into and pushes all the tone out like you can really here it, it really comes together right around then. When you back the gain down you have to make some adjustments to the preamp but you know if you’re going to gain down like if you want to bring down the bass a little bit because until that gain comes in when you have the gain it really pops the midrange and the low end too but low end is just always there. So yeah it’s interesting I just I keep everything right around 2o’clock on my mids, my lows, and my highs. I think my lows might be at 3o’clock and my highs are at 3o’clock and my mids are at right around 2 or 1 and sometimes I bring the bass down depending on if we’re inside then I bring the bass down, it tends to ring out a little more inside. Very versatile and very cool looking as far as aesthetics go, I like the old simple amp style, I like all the new amps they’re doing, it’s a really nice aesthetic. I think Orange makes great amps too for even just in the studio like one even Suge just got, my tech. I have several friends who play acoustic guitars through those, hollow bodies and they’re just great sounding amps.

Are you using any pedals currently?

Quinn: I’m using the full tone, full tone to overdrive. I do that for my leads it’s like a preamp boost. For out here one this kind of stuff I just over the years I just think it’s easier for me to go simple. So I have a DD-20 delay with infinite sustain since I’m the only guitar play I really need a sustainer or I need something to keep me in the mix but not really me playing parts, so I can step on that pedal and kind of fill in parts I just need to be in the mix. So I use that pedal a lot. I have my overdrive, my delay the DD-20, I have a phaser, I use a volume pedal. I use two amps so I volume down for my clean and my volume pedal has a little stopper on the bottom so I pull it back and I usually keep my volume knob down just a hair too because that’s just how I do my clean I just play dynamically lighter. I don’t comp my guitar out here, I don’t compress it or anything. I know I probably should but it works great for me it’s just really simple and then I have a PS-5 pedal as well that does like a pitch shift drop for me so like if we go into a part like out of a chorus into a bridge or something like that I can ring a note out and the pitch will shift down like four or five octaves. Yeah really minimal setup really. I don’t run a stereo rig or anything, I throw up a 57 and I think we have an audio technica mic on there as well that we’re trying out and it’s really great, it sounds great. I think I have three signals coming out.

What guitar are you using right now?

Quinn: I’m using a 2006 Gibson SG Standard with a custom five pickup and a Gibson Les Paul I’m using right now too. I usually play a Strat, I’m almost 75% of the time play a Strat but the weather out here and the heat in the trailer, I mean just look at the screws on the guitar from starting until now are rusted already so in this weather the SG is better I don’t know if it’s just because of the neck, but it’s sounding great. They’re both humbuckers and custom 5 seem to work very well with the Rockerverb, I would recommend that because I’ve tried five or six different pickups. I have a Jeff Beck Strat and I put in a custom 5 and I think it sounds mean as hell.

What have you guys been listening to on the road, and what’s been helping you pass the time?

Quinn: We watch a lot of documentaries; we tend to follow economics and world news stuff like that and when it comes to music it’s usually things we’ve grown up on or mostly strange guilty pleasures. We really, really like this band from Australia called Corpus. I would compare their approach to Middle Class Rut, it’s like that and At The Drive In. Like a 90’s discord heavy, but what heavy should be.

Favorite tour recipe?

Quinn: I usually don’t eat all day, I don’t eat anything hardly ever. I usually munch on things, like I’ll have a banana or a handful of cereal. After show food 75% pizza and fucking pizza. I just don’t really have an appetite for food that’s processed, made, and built in this country anymore. When I’m home my wife and I try to eat as nutrient rich as possible so that means juicing and raw foods as much as possible. I was alarmed to learn your body rebuilds itself in nine months basically. Your DNA re-writes itself completely in three months, your bones regrow in six months; your skin regrows in like two weeks. So I’m like well I think it’s really important that I watch what I eat, that’s why I don’t eat a lot. I only want to eat what’s good for me.

Well thank you very much for speaking with us!

Quinn: Yeah thanks for letting me have a piece of the Orange pie.

Written by Joseph McMichen, Orange intern and member of the self-described “lanky Southern emo band” Topbunk