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Last October (2012) Orange donated a customized Rockerverb 100 MKII and (2) PPC412 Speaker Cabs to Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. Throughout the month, people attending the event would enter a raffle ($5 fee per entry) in hopes of winning the full stack. In total, more than $5000 was raised to benefit Puppy Rescue Mission, a charity that’s very close to Rob Zombie’s heart.

Puppy Rescue Mission helps bring back the stray dogs that soldiers find and befriend in war zones. The bond between dogs and soldiers is a special one, and often can save lives. Puppy Rescue Mission was started by the wife of a soldier whose camp was alerted to a suicide bomber after the dogs began barking and growling when the bomber sneaked into the camp under the cover of night. The dogs become family, and so getting them home (often a daunting task) becomes a high priority in helping the solider become re-accustomed to civilian life.

Orange Amps is proud to be associated with such a great charity! Special thanks to Rob Zombie!

 

Can you believe it’s November already?

For our friends in the US, Thanksgiving is approaching. A time for home and family and commemorating of the first Thanksgiving feast of 1621 where the Pilgrim Fathers celebrated their successful harvest and shared the bounty with the Wampanoag tribe who had helped them survive through that first brutal winter.

For us in the UK, Bonfire Night is just around the corner. A time where we commemorate the foiling of the 1605 Gunpowder Plot and celebrate the brutal disembowelment, execution and dismemberment of Guy Fawkes by letting off fireworks and burning him in effigy. (Oh, but the children love it so!)

There are no such celebrations for our hardworking AR guys, who have been going off like rockets and harvesting the cream of up and coming acts as well as established artists. We at Orange can give thanks for the latest group of Ambassadors who include:

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Mark Walker

65 Days of Static

Alex Woodrow of Our Last Night

Ron Pope

Jeremy Widerman of Monster Truck

Stephen Gibb (son of Barry Gibb)

This month however I’d like to focus a little bit more on The Deftones

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Deftones were formed in Sacramento California in 1988, by school friends Stephen Carpenter, Chino Moreno and Abe Cunningham. When Stephen Carpenter was 15 years old, he was hit by a car while skateboarding. He used a wheelchair for several months. It was at this point that he began teaching himself guitar by playing along with bands such as Anthrax and Metallica. Like us all he started playing a six string, but has since become well known for his use of seven and eight string guitars.

When Moreno found out Carpenter played guitar, he set up a jam with Cunningham and the three began playing regularly in Carpenter’s garage circa 1989. After playing with several bassists, the band settled on Chi Cheng, (who sadly died this year following a car crash in 2008 from which he never regained full consciousness.)and within two years the band began playing club shows and later expanded their playing territory into L.A and San Francisco. Seven albums later, the band are still going strong with the very talented Sergio Vega on Bass.

Chino Moreno uses a Thunderverb 50 paired with a PPC412, we asked him what made him decide on that rig: I love the way the Thunderverb 50 sounds. The heavy tone means I can get rid of my distortion pedals. But the clean is amazing as well.”

Bassist Sergio Vega’s preferred set up is an AD200B paired with an OBC810. He says, “Because of the way I attack the bass the AD200B is perfect. It’s crisp, clean, and has a really tight low-end.”

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Guitarist Stephen Carpenter has just recently come over to the “Orange side.” He’ll be playing his Fractal Axe FX through (2) PPC412 speaker cabs running in stereo.

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Watch the video interview with Chino and Sergio

2013 saw the ninth Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards held at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday November 14th. For the third year running Orange Amplification was headline sponsor of this world-renowned event that is one of the greatest gathering of rock stars in a single place.

Fish, a man of many talents that include being an award winning radio broadcaster and former front man of Marillion, hosted the evening.  Sitting at the main sponsor’s table was industry legend and Orange Amplification’s CEO, Cliff Copper and Damon Waller, Managing Director. Joining them all around the room were literally hundreds of rocks most illustrious stars.

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Orange Amplification sponsored the Living Legend award, presented by Zakk Wylde, which was won by Black Sabbath following their triumphant return earlier this year. Back on stage together again to receive the award were Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Gezzer Butler. Black Sabbath also received the Event of the Year and Album of Year awards.

Ozzy accepts the Album of the Year award on behalf of Black Sabbath

Ozzy accepts the Album of the Year award on behalf of Black Sabbath

Several Orange endorsees received awards including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page who was presented with the Film of the Year award and Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield who was given The Musicians’ Union Maestro award.

Led Zeppelin received the "Film of the Year" award for Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin received the “Film of the Year” award for Celebration Day

The Temperance Movement performed an acoustic set and were also presented with the Best New Band award. The surprise act of the night was Zakk Wylde with a soulful solo performance on the piano; he later received the Metal Guru award.

Zakk Wylde on the piano: not what you'd expect!

Zakk Wylde on the piano: not what you’d expect!

The Darkness closed the evening with a blistering show full of fun, fireworks and flamethrowers, which had the acclaimed audience clapping their approval. The after show party at Dingwells saw Blackberry Smoke entertain with their own unique blend of bluegrass and country rock.  

The full list of winners is:

The Living Legend Award – Black Sabbath
Event Of The Year – Black Sabbath go to number one on the charts
Breakthrough Award – Virginmarys
The Musicians’ Union Maestro – James Dean Bradfield
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award – Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution – Mott the Hoople
Classic Album – Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton by John Mayall
VIP Award – Shep Gordon
Metal Guru – Zakk Wylde
Best New Band – The Temperance Movement
Album Of The Year – 13 by Black Sabbath
Reissue Of The Year – Rumours (35th anniversary edition) by Fleetwood Mac
Film Of The Year – Celebration Day by Led Zeppelin
Band Of The Year – The Rolling Stones
Spirit Of Prog – Alex Lifeson
The Showmen – The Darkness
Innovator – Wilko Johnson

About the author of this post: Dave Phillips is a PR specialist, photographer, and author of “A Drummer’s Perspective.”

We first learned about Unlocking The Truth when this video showing them doing a super heavy breakdown in the middle of Times Square popped up.

We knew immediately that we had to endorse them.

Brooklyn pre-teens Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins are a rare kind of awesome. There aren’t a lot of young African-American kids from Brooklyn playing metal. What’s more is that they seriously shred. This video created by the team at Mountain Dew tells the whole story…

Interview with Unlocking The Truth (YouTube)

Interview with Unlocking The Truth (YouTube)

Guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse (awesome name alert!) plays the Orange #4 Jim Root Terror Head and #4 212 Speaker Cab.

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Bassist Alec Atkins chooses the Terror Bass 500 Head with an OBC115 Speaker Cab.

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What started in 2007 as “Tears of Blood” (again, what a freaking awesome name) has now exploded into popular culture and there’s no reason to believe they’re going to slow down anytime soon. The interviews keep coming in and the songs keep getting written. We think you should definitely keep an eye out for their next move because Unlocking The Truth is here to stay.

Visit their website here.

Visit their Facebook here.

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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“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

 

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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

Exploring new artist signings at Orange Amplification…

When I was asked to write a few lines about recent additions to our Orange Ambassadors programme, the Shakespearean Muse of Creativity, reeling under the sweet intoxication of emancipation did, from my hackney’d soul with reckless courage unbidden spring – whereupon it was immediately beaten up and had its shoes stolen.

Nevertheless. It’s summertime in London! The birds are singing, the bees are as busy as…. bees and everyone is just a little more cheerful for feeling the sun on their faces.

Speaking of busy bees, our endorsements team have been flat out collecting the nectar of talent to join the Orange family. So far this year alone, very nearly 50 bands have chosen to sign with Orange Amps but as this is a blog and not an essay, I’ll just focus on the most recent for now.

Here’s a sampling of the artist signings we’ve had this year:

James McVey & Brad Simpson of The Vamps

Tony Newton & Matt Pearce of Voodoo Six

Ted Kirkpatrick of Tourniquet

Iianna Davies, Andy Ghosh & Chris Georgiadis of TurboWolf

Niklas Seren, Johan Bergqvist and Bjorn Billgren of Hong Faux

John Lindgren, Hampus Lundgren and Jens Malmlof of Hoffmaestro.

Curtis Nystrom of MSMR

Egli Salvesen and Tori Grindheim of Malice in Wonderland

Brian James, James Newton and Martin Webb of Arcite.

Ashley Harding of Likely Lads

Ashley Harding of Likely Lads

Ashley Harding of the exciting young British band Likely Lads also signed on the dotted line with us. His preferred kit being the Rockerverb 100 coupled with a PPC 212.

Ashley says, “I have spent a long time trying out various brands of amplifiers and have always found myself wanting more, until I played an Orange Rockerverb. Since then I have spent a lot of time reading about Orange amps and their history of producing quality British amps. I love the warmth it brings to the tone of the humbuckers on my Tele, and every riff I’ve played through an Orange amp has always sounded as dark and growly as I wanted it.”

Here’s a bit more info about the band: Likely Lads are a four piece rock band from York in the North of England, formed in 2010, they have achieved a lot in a short space of time. They have supported the likes of Pete Doherty, Inspiral Carpets and Shed Seven to name but a few and recently signed to the biggest booking agency in Europe.

We at Orange think these lads are very likely to go places. Visit their artist page for links where you’ll find their music far better than my awful puns.

See you next month…..

Written by Neil Mitchell