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You just finished touring with Slayer and Anthrax – how was that?
Maciek: It’s been really fucking cool, and kind of a milestone as they’re bands we all look up to. Definitely something to tick off our list.

How long have you been using Orange?
Vidar: We’ve been using Orange for long time, since before we started recording. Bjarte’s been using Orange for as long as I can remember. I had an old vintage Marshall amp that caught fire, and after that I swapped to Orange.
Maciek: I’ve got the TH30, Rockerverb and Thunderverb, and they just always deliver and they’re very reliable. And it looks fucking cool.

Do you have any specific pedals you feel work well with the amps?
Maciek: Well, yeah, there’s quite a few, but Orange sounds really good on it’s own. It’s a really good base, and then you can have fun with some pedals on top. I always use my Echoplex Preamp from Dunlop. Since we’ve got three guitars we all have to be on different levels, and I think it works really well with that one.
Vidar: I try to use as few pedals as possible, if it was up to me I’d just plug it straight into the amp and go, but obviously I do use some, I’ve had a Big Muff for a while and that works well, but then again, all my pedals works well with Orange.

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Do you remember the first time you saw an Orange amp?
Vidar: I think it was Hellacopters, in the Toys and Flavours video.
Maciek: Not really, but I remember that when we started in 2009 Norway got kind of like an Orange boom, because I cant really think of any other Norwegian bands besides us having used Orange..?
Vidar: I’m sure there are a few, I just can’t think of them.

You’re one of few bands with Norwegian lyrics to have made it outside of Norway, was there ever any doubt, or moments when you considered English lyrics?
Vidar: We’ve actually never had a proper conversation about it. There’s been a few people saying we’d get further if we did, but I guess we kind of just proved them wrong.
Maciek: It’s a part of our sound as well, we’d sound completely different if our songs were in English. We’ve got one English verse, that’ll do. And to be fair, I don’t really know how much of a difference it would have made if our songs were in English, we’re doing really well as it is. It’s pretty cool doing gigs outside of Norway when you see people singing along, trying to get the Norwegian words right. It’s almost tempting to stop and ask them what they’re actually singing.

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What kind of music did you listen to growing up? Was there anyone in specific that got you into music?
Vidar: Whatever my parents were listening to, so a mix between Dire Straits and Abba, but I guess what kind of sold music to me was when I got a Guns N’ Roses cassette.
Maciek: I’ve always liked music. I used to be really into skateboarding and listened to a lot of punk. It wasn’t until a bit later I got unto metal. Death was one of the bands that made me want to be good, but I guess it was mostly punk that got me started.

What are you currently listening to?
Maciek: I listen to quite a lot of hip hop, there’s been a lot of Lars Vaular lately, and Yelawolf.
Vidar: There’s a Finnish band called ‘Vasas Flora och Fauna’, which is kind of folk music. While touring with bands such as Slayer and Anthrax and listening to metal non-stop, it’s nice to unwind with something completely different.

Norwegian hip hop and Finnish folk music, I can imagine a few people will find that quite surprising!
Maciek: I listen to a fair bit of Hawaii music as well, like Johnny Pineapple.
Vidar: We’ve been playing Scorpions in our tour bus, which I never knew I liked.
Maciek: Erlend’s got Hellbillies backstage playlist, which consists of a bunch of bands that sounds just like Hellbillies. We’ve listened to that a lot.

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You’ve just released your newest album ‘Innocence and Decadence,’ how has the tour been so far?
It’s been good! We started by doing some shows around Sweden, which was pretty cool. Besides from playing some festivals in Sweden earlier this year, it had been a few years since the last time, and we got the impression people were glad to have us back. We’ve also played some big shows in Germany, so it’s been really good so far and I’ve had a lot of fun.

You were originally the guitarist in Graveyard, how is it being back after all these years as a bassist?
Swapping instruments hasn’t really made that much of a difference, it’s more the fact that the band has grown so much over the last couple of years, whether it’s the fact that they’ve made loads of good music while I’ve been away, or playing bigger venues. Last time I was in Graveyard we played at people’s houses and tiny clubs.

How long have you been using Orange?
I’ve never used Orange when playing guitar, so it’s actually just been the last year or so, after I returned to Graveyard as a bassist.

Why did you decide to give Orange a go?
Rikard, who used to play bass, recorded the last two albums using Orange, so it kind of came natural that when playing those songs, I would use the same equipment. I did experience a bit trying a few different brands like Ampeg and Fender, but Orange just seemed like the best fit for the kind of music we’re playing. They’re pretty straightforward without too many buttons, so it’s quite easy to get good sound.

Can you run us through your current set up?
I’m using the AD200B MK 3 head and the OBC810 8×10 cab. I tried some of the smaller cabs as well and they sounded pretty similar, but when playing big venues it kind of just looks better with the big one, you know.

Do you remember the first time you ever saw an Orange amp?
I’m pretty sure it was Black Sabbath or one of the other old school British heavy rock bands. After that I think it was Witchcraft when we opened for them in Örebro. That was years ago though.

You released a solo album last year; do you play most of the instruments on it yourself?
Yes I do, I can’t drum so I had to get someone else in to do that, but besides that it’s mostly me.

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How is it making a solo album compared to recording with a band?
I’ve been in bands for such a long time, so I kind of just felt the need to do it all on my own, not because I necessarily think it’s better that way, but just to try it. Sometimes it can be frustrating to work with other people as things might not always turn out the way you thought it would, but that can also mean that sometimes it’ll be better than what you originally had in mind, there’s pros and cons. I guess just was pretty curious to find out how it would be to do it all on my own, and even though I found it quite difficult and it took me a long time, I feel like I learnt a lot from it, and I really enjoyed it.

Well I’m glad you did, it’s a great record!
Oh you think so? Thank you! It’s very different from what I do with Graveyard, and how we’ve done our new album.

How is it balancing a solo career with being in Graveyard?
Impossible really. You can’t really combine the two. I did have my own band for a bit during summer and did some gigs and festival promoting my album, but now that our new album’s out I just don’t have the time. I do have my own studio though, so when I’m not touring I still make my own music.

Have you got any other hobbies when not on the road?
I’m quite interested in old analogue synthesizers and vintage electronic music, so I spend most of my time in the studio and writing song.

When you’re not busy making your own music, what do you listen to?
Oh, that’s a tricky one. If you take a look at my record collection there is a lot of sixties and seventies rock, American West Coast psychedelia and British progressive hard rock, but then there’s also some experimental music in there like German electro from the seventies, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze…spaced out instrumental music. I guess I’ve got a bit of everything.

If you had to pick a favourite album, which one would it have to be?
Shit, that’s tricky! After all these years I’m still not sick of Bob Dylan’s ‘Blonde on Blonde’. I haven’t listened to it in a while, but it seems to be one of those albums that can just stand the test of time.

Oh really? I’m actually quite surprised by that, I would have expected something heavier, like Black Sabbath or something.
Yeah, well it’s really difficult to pick just one album. Sabbath would definitely be in there if I could pick my top five.

Go on then..
King Crimson – In The Court of The Crimson King
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
Pink Floyd – Meddle
George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde

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Since the birth of Orange in the late sixties, musicians all over the world have fallen for the indistinguishable brightly coloured Orange amps, who in themselves have become a symbol of rock ‘n’ roll. I spoke to four talented musicians who all hold Orange close to their hearts, about their first encounter with Orange, and why they decided to spend their hard-earned money on the most colourful amps on the market.

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Thom, God Damn (https://www.facebook.com/goddamntheband)

Hello, My name is Thomas Edward and I’m a guitar tone and decibel addict.
I play in a noisy fuzz rock band called God Damn. I used to be a Fender twin and Vox Ac30 guy and then I tried some grown-up high power Orange heads and cabs and was a convert, rigs of doom territory.
We’re a two-piece band as it stands, so covering as many frequencies as possible with one guitar is the name of the game. My drummer is the loudest drummer I’ve ever heard so volume from a backline is a must too.

I’ll run you through the rig.
Orange 1972 Or120 with matching 4×12- 120w of vintage power and has a whole bunch of clean headroom and volume till about 5, I have this on 1 and it’s the loudest thing going. It deals well with my loops and layers of Fuzz.

Orange 1997 OTR 120 with matching 4×12- This is the master knob version of the OR120 and has this really full sounding and honest crunch tone to it, very responsive, straight up no nonsense power, this is my main sound and is on constantly for clarity, you can happy run some really subby sounds through it and it doesn’t bat an eye lid.

Orange OB1-500 with 2×15 cabs – This covers all my bass and low-mid sounds, good ole doughnut in that thing for some real power and tone. I’ve blown so many SVT’s and other bass heads… this thing seems to be taking the battering night after night. I prefer 15inch speakers for my bass end as I’m running guitar through them.
My whole shtick now is using large amps and a few of them so that I’ve got headroom for my effects, the worst thing is a farting out amp.

Fernando, New Candys (https://www.facebook.com/newcandys)

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I remember well the first time I saw an Orange amp, the bright colour really stood out amongst all the black, and as I tend to describe music using colours and pictures instead of words it just caught my eye instantly. Back in 2013 I was in the studio recording with my band New Candys, and they had an AD30TC available. We all really liked the sound, and we actually ended up using it in every single song. One of the main characteristics is the thick sound, which both myself and all of my bandmates find crucial. I bought my first Orange amp two years ago and ended up with an AC30TC. In the past I always played amps without switch, but now that’s my main pedal I don’t use screamers of overdrives as much as I used to, instead I just push with the second channel.

Apart from the switch, I use an effect (which sadly is now out of production) called Back Talk by Danelectro, I use that for solos all the time. I’ve always loved customizing my instruments aesthetically to make them look a bit older and worn, and more personal, and I’ve done that to my amp. I’ve added the skull logo of Pete International Airport, which is the side project of The Dandy Warhol’s guitarist Peter Holmstrom as he’s my favourite guitarist, I’ve also added the title of a song by The Warlocks, just because I found it absolutely hilarious, and I love The Warlocks. Even with the Pete International Skull where the Orange logo is meant to be, everyone can obviously still tell that it’s an Orange amp.

We’re currently in the process of writing our next album, which hopefully will be released next year. Next month we’ll be playing our last shows of 2015, starting in the UK, with Friday the 13th (yikes!) at Fuzz Club Festival in London Fields Brewery, Sunday the 15th at The Hope and Ruin in Brighton, before heading back home to Italy for a gig right outside Venice in a place called Spazio Aereo, and we’re really looking forward to them all!

Reno, Derelics (https://www.facebook.com/Derelics)

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I had the pleasure of playing an Orange cab and head for the first time in Paris about three years ago (I think it was a Rockerverb 50), when I was playing in a stoner project influenced by non-stoner bands such as BRMC and Mars Volta. (This was what made me go in the direction I’m going now with my current band Derelics) The sound was the creamiest of the cream, the oozy boogie-woogie… Too good! I was playing a Gibson Les Paul Special 55-77 through an old Russian big muff, and it was the tits. I had just seen the Led Zeppelin reunion show with Page playing through stacks of Orange, so having the opportunity to play it myself was a bit of a fan boy fantasy!

I ended up buying a Rockerverb 50 off a nice French guy (yet another) that was running out of money like the rest of London. I’ve got it going through a 1960A Marshall cab, and it sounds great! I’m going out through two heads that are way better than anything I’ll ever be able to play on for gigs unless I get my driver’s license so I can bring them along with me, a Marshall JTM from the 70’s and another straight cut Marshall cab. They compliment each other really well as one is pretty sharp, and the Orange is really creamy and thick. I swap between my three guitars, the first one being an old Gibson LP that I spent about six months wages on (After 15 years of playing I’m allowed to spend a fortune on a guitar, despite the fact I’m not Steve Vai). I’ve also got a pink paisley Japanese Strat and a Warmoth 12 strings.

I think my favourite effects to run through it are this old big muff PI, a ZVEX Fuzz Factory, a Wampler Black 69′ (very) transparent OD that never leaves my board (because it costs a nut and is just as good as it’s expensive), an old TS9 (the 4 knobs version with mids adjustment, the best feature of this pedal!) and a Way Huge Swollen Pickle, which is a bit too heavy for what we play with Derelics but which is so satisfying to crank up (thus erasing the drums, the bass, and the vocals… worth it) and any wah pedal that will truly make it cream and cry.

The good thing about this head is that it has character, and you can recognize an Orange very easily, and as with Derelics we’re going in a lot of different directions and it keeps our sound personal. We can do a Black Angels inspired sexy heavy blues and go back to a Kyuss tainted fuzz jerkoff, through a poppy Stone Temple Pilots sunny vibe, without losing the plot too much… just enough for it to sound strange.

Jamie, Psyence (https://www.facebook.com/psyenceuk)

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I’m Jamie Bellingham (Jay) from a band called Psyence, we’re a 4 piece alternative rock band from Stoke-On-Trent and I’m the lanky one lurking at the back with 4 strings! I think the first time I saw a band use an Orange amp, it was possibly The Wombats or The Enemy (don’t judge me, I was young!) they were on the same bill at the NME Rock n Roll Riot tour back in 2006, with Lethal Bizzle haha! Other than that it was just the local bands who’d occasionally have a bright orange beacon on stage. Oh, and obviously Jimmy Page, Geddy Lee and John McVie, legends!

The set up I’m currently using is an Orange OBC212 and a 500w Orange Tiny Terror Bass, I’m also looking at getting a second OBC212 to link them up because they sound so good! I’d had a really bad run with amps, I kept blowing them and one even set on fire in the studio! That’s when I turned to Orange for something sturdy and reliable, and it happens to be the best sound I’ve ever had!

I’m running my basses through a Boss GT-6B Multi-Effects Bass Processor, and it sounds monsterous! Like seriously, it could dislodge vertebra! I swap my basses around too, I use a Hofner Violin, a Hofner Galaxie and a Fender Jaguar, but I’ve settled on an Epiphone Jack Casady Signature at the moment, and I’ve never been happier with my sound! All the equipment seems to go so well together!

I decided to use Orange because I was getting sick of getting my equipment repaired and continually looking for new stuff. I’d been recommended it and just decided to go for it one day. Also, one of my mates uses a Tiny Terror in his set up and it sounds phenomenal, that’s what made my mind up I think.

I love Orange because they look cool as f**k, and sound even better! There’s a whole vintage air to them and they’re right workhorses, I’ve never had a problem with any of it! And that’s coming from a destroyer of amps! Orange is the best equipment I’ve ever owned, and that’s a fact!

 

What’s been your relationship with Orange? What is your first memory of the amps?
I found my first orange head in the mid 90’s in a used music store in Colorado. And I bought that for 600 bucks. I played that for a long time, it was a 70’s OR120 I believe. Over the years I have tried out a bunch of different Orange stuff and I think the new stuff they have out now is probably my favorite amps I’ve played of all time. They sound absolutely incredible when I plug them in and start playing I have no complaints about anything as far this Rockerverb and the OR100, absolutely amazing sounding heads and I’m very happy to playing Orange again!

What’s been your first impressions of the Rockerverb MKIII
My first impression of the new Rockerverb 100 MKIII,  as soon as I plugged in and turned it up. I thought it sounded absolutely incredible. I love the dirty channels on these new Oranges, I think they sound very natural and warm. As opposed to a lot of distorted channels on other amps that don’t sound natural and warm to me. I love the built in attenuator that it also has in it, it’s a feature I have not seen on an Orange amp, that I know of. The tone is incredible as well, I’m loving the tone of the new Oranges!

What’s your impression of the Bax?
You guys just call it the Bax?

Yep, the Bax Bangeetar!!!
Ok! I’m personally not a huge overdrive or distortion pedal kind of guy but my first impression of the Bax Bangeetar. Wait, what? Its actually a guitar pre EQ? Oh ok wow! I should have looked at it before I played it! At this point I’m pretty sure I need one in my life, as soon as possible. I usually don’t use stompboxes for leads or anything like that but I think I might start!

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Saturday was a pretty crappy day in Louisville, Kentucky, USA for Louder than Life Fest. It was the first cold day of the year and it rained. The people who flew in from LA were decked out in snow shoes. The locals had waders. I had canvas sneakers.

I failed.

Our interviews went well though. Orange teamed up with Alternative Press to do interviews in the artist lounge, giving me a lot of time to meet new guitarists. You can view what’s been published here. There’s lots more to come.

Starting off the day was Beartooth. Its cliche to say they are friendly but its true. They also dug the Orange Dark Edition Headphones enough to trade some pics for them. That makes them even friendlier.

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Kamron Bradbury – Beartooth

I have huge respect for Lajon Witherspoon from Sevendust. He is a great vocalist and singer. He’s a machine on stage as well. But when I found out how much he loves Orange my respect jumped by a solid 2.35 points. He’s now a 102.35% respectable dude. Lajon tried out the Micro Dark amp and thought it was one of the best recording amps he’d ever heard. For that quote we also threw in a pair of headphones :-)

Lajon - Sevendust

Lajon – Sevendust

Lajon - Sevendust

Lajon – Sevendust

For the most part everybody loved the headphones. The feedback was strong enough that we’re working on upgrades now!

Mark Tremonti

Mark Tremonti

Porter McKnight - Atreyu

Porter McKnight – Atreyu

Travis Miguel - Atreyu

Travis Miguel – Atreyu

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Tyler Carter – Issues

Corey and Paulo - Trivium

Corey and Paulo – Trivium

Snake Sabo is the guitarist from Skid Row. He also manages one of our favorite Orange Ambassadors: DOWN. Skid Row absolutely ruled Louder than Life Fest but the Micro Dark absolutely ruled Snake Sabo. He wanted one immediately after giving it a test run. We’re starting to see a pattern where everyone loves this amp.

Snake Sabo - Skidrow

Snake Sabo – Skidrow

So yeah, that’s good.

Overall Louder than Life was a great festival. The artists were all very open to talking about Orange with me. I find that every new festival brings more and more people telling me their stories about past or present Orange ownership. It’s a reminder that we have affected our little corner of the music world in a positive way.

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Before Mini Mansions’ gig at Oslo in London, bassist extraordinaire Zach Dawes took the time to talk about touring, his first encounter with Orange and the music he’s currently listening to. Oh – and he ran us through his gear, obviously.

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How has The Great Pretenders tour been so far?
Really great! And really long, there’s been a lot of dates. I’d actually like to know how many dates exactly, we’ve been really busy.

When did you start using Orange?
In the UK I’ve been using it since the first time we came over, I’m not quite sure when that was but it’s been a few years now. In the US I’ve only been using it for about a year an a half.

So what amp have you got, and what cab are you using?
Here I use a 115 cab with AD200B Bass Head. In the states I have a 4×10 cab, and sometimes I use the AD200 or the Terror Bass 500.

Do you use any specific pedals that works well with the amp?
Well yeah, they all do.

Because Orange is amazing…?
Of course!

Do you remember the first time you saw an Orange amp?
I think maybe that was Mars Volta, when I was around 18 or something.

So how old were you when you started playing the bass?
11 or 12, but then I took a break for a little bit.

Was it someone or something in specific that inspired you to start playing?
Well, I just got sick of playing the piano. I played that when I was a kid, and then bass just seemed like a logical step after that. I was starting a band with some friends and bass was the only thing missing, so, you know…

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What bands are you currently listening to?
I like the new Mac DeMarco record a lot… Will Butler, and I like the new Father John Misty.

You played some shows with him, didnt you?
Yeah, or we only played one. I really like his new album.

Do you have a favourite Mini Mansions song?
……I don’t know. I’m excited to start playing ”Fantasy” live though, as we don’t do that yet. That’ll be fun.

So when can we expect that to happen?
Pretty soon. We’re back in the UK in a month or so to play some festivals – it’ll probably be on the set list by then.

If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
Maybe Abbey Road, maybe…

Have you been to Abbey Road?
No, I haven’t actually. Have you? Is it far?

After trying to explain how he could easily get to Abbey Road and discussing which Beatle isn’t wearing shoes on the cover (It’s obviously Paul McCartney – how could we forget?!), I snapped some pictures of his gear, before leaving the venue only to return a couple of hours later for their gig – which by the way was incredible, and had a surprise cameo from Alex Turner. All in all a very good day, and night.

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Orange: So I’m here tonight at Starbar grabbing a drink and I was pleasantly surprised to see a band using Orange. Would you guys like to introduce yourselves?

Kimi: I’m Kimi Shelter

Aaronious: I’m Aaronious Monk

Katie: I’m Katie Herron

Orange: And what is the band you play with?

Kimi: Starbenders

Orange: And where are you guys from?

Kimi: We’re all from Atlanta, our band is based out of here.

Orange: And have y’all have any out of town shows lately?

Kimi: Yeah we were just at South by South West a couple weeks ago which was really fun. We rotate the south pretty regularly.

Orange: Where did you play at South by South West?

Kimi: We played at the Chuggin Monkey and it was the Loud stage which is a crowd-funding service based out of Atlanta.

Orange: So do you tour often?

Kimi: Usually every month we’ll have a run of shows. This summer we’re working on a fall tour that will run up and down the east coast.

Orange: So how did the band get started?

Kimi: It’s a little bit of a long story but Katie and I know one another from out teenage years and she and I met at a wilderness youth recovery camp and we connected from there and stayed in touch. When it came time that I started dreaming this band up she was the first person I thought of. She’s my right hand man and the catalyst of it. I’ve known Aaron a while too and Paris as well.

Orange: What kind of bands inspired you?

Kimi: Sonic Youth, The Cramps, Misfits, Pixies, Elvis. I love that old school rock pop. That’s where our music is mostly inspired from.

Orange: Would you mind running me through your gear set up?

Aronious: Yeah, I use the Terror Bass 500 which when Orange initially sent it to us I was blown away with the grit that came out of that tone. It was full it was big and it was appropriately gritty with enough head room to where it was very velocity sensitive. I’m the sort of bass player where our music is very dependent on dynamics and the head is extraordinarily responsive. I’m definitely in love with that TB500.

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Orange: So when you’re on tour what’s the diet?

Kimi: Oh god, I mean pizza, whiskey. Yeah just pizza and whiskey. Kate loves some Kentucky Gentlemen. That’s her favorite.

Orange: What’s the soundtrack while you are on the road?

Kimi: I’m really obsessed with a lot of bands that are coming out of England right now also Scotland and Ireland. Like The Witches, The Amazing Snake Heads or The Fat White Family. We rotate though, we all kind of come from different musical influences.

Aaronious: The rule in the van is whoever is driving gets to DJ. So it gets pretty diverse. We all have this weird obsession with getting each other into music we just found. So a lot of times when we’re driving it’s like “you guys have got to check this out!”

Orange: When was the first time you heard about Orange?

Aaronious: Probably when I was a teenager. All the bands that I liked used Orange. I probably speak for everyone in the band when I say Orange is this hallowed brand that carries on the torch of other UK brands like Matchless and High Watt that everybody kind of lusts after. Moving into a professional level that seems to be the amp that everybody wanted. Whether you were an indie band or another band all the cool bands use Orange.

Orange: Do you remember ever catching any bands use Orange when you were young?

Kimi: I remember being at a Converge show and the tour that they were on they played Jacksonville Florida and I saw them using an Orange head and it was so sludgy and awesome.

 

Aaronious: I caught Pavement on their reunion tour, I think it was in 2010. They were using a Thunderverb 50, which I think attributes a lot to their sound.

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Orange: Where can we check out your music?

Kimi: Our debut EP is out on Spotify, iTunes, and we have to singles up for free download on our Soundcloud page.

Aaronious: You can always find us at facebook.com/StarBenders and our twitter handle is just @starbenders.

 

LACEY

Tell us a bit about Lacey

We’re from Nottingham, we formed back in 2011 the way a lot of bands do – through the break-up of previous bands! The difference with us is that we grew up together, so we’re fortunate to have that deep-rooted bond that might take a lot of bands a long time to click. We’re all about big pop-rock hooks and arena-sized riffs.

You’ve just released your debut album – What’s it called and when is it available?

The album’s called Under the Brightest Lights and it’s out now! You can download it on itunes or get a copy on CD direct from our website www.LaceyOfficialUK.com.

We can’t believe that you guys aren’t signed to a record label – How did you get your album out there?

Well thank you very much! We had amazing support for our Pledge Music campaign and managed to have album fan-funded. It was incredibly humbling and we could never have anticipated the support we had.

What’s the response been to your release?

We’ve had an amazing response both in the press and from the fans which has been really incredible and humbling. It’s great to know that people are really buying into something you’ve worked so hard on for so long. We played a launch show recently and the reaction we had to each track was astonishing.

Why Orange?

The ‘Orange’ sound is all over our album. It’s so easy to get a huge sounding guitar tone using most Orange rigs. I like being able to run a high level of gain yet still being able to hear the individual notes of each chord.

Tell us about your live rig.

Currently I play a Tele through the Rockerverb 50 MKII. I play loud on stage and the 50w responds really well to being cranked!

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What is it that appealed to you about that gear?

It’s such a versatile amp yet so simple to use. Our sound is very dynamic so an amp that is capable of crystal clear clean, right through to booming distortion is really important.

It’s a great all round tool, perfect for live shows, the studio and for writing sessions at home.

How do you like to set your amps up?

I have a pretty simple set up, I like a strong mid tone punch, which can become muddy using other amps. I run a high level of gain, using a tube screamer to add another layer of colour.

When do you head out on tour?

We’re off out on tour this summer! We kick off in London on 15 July! You can get tickets via our website. www.LaceyOfficialUK.com and https://www.facebook.com/Laceyofficialuk

Real country rockers (we say “real” because we’re comparing them to fakes) and Orange Ambassadors, Blackberry Smoke performed a very special 4 song acoustic set at our UK retailer PMT Manchester. The turn-out was great in anticipation of a sold-out show later that evening at local venue The Ritz. It’s great to see these “hometown boys” (at least for Orange USA in Atlanta) blazing a trail across Europe, spreading the Orange gospel with their classic rock-inspired take on modern country. We consider them “genre saviors.”

Guitarist Paul Jackson is currently using the Custom Shop 50 hand-wired amp through one of our PPC212OB Open Back cabs. About his set-up, Paul says, “In all of my career I have NEVER come across an amp like the Custom Shop 50. The tones you can get from the CS50 are beautiful and amazing. Hand-wired and full of life and let’s not forget about the 50 watt A/B 30 watt switch on it. All I can say is WOW!!! The CS50 is without a doubt unbeatable!!”

To promote the Blackberry Smoke performance, PMT held a special sale on Orange products. Jake Marray of PMT said this about the event: “I want to thank Orange amps for helping to organize this great performance with Blackberry Smoke. The turn-out was one of the best we’ve ever had! And the band was absolutely fantastic. They’re incredibly talented and total professionals, both in their music and their attitudes. We hope to have them back again very soon.”

Song List (in order):

Pretty Little Lie

One Horse Town

Livin in the Song

Ain’t Much Left of Me

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Links

PMT Manchester Online

Blackberry Smoke Website

 

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Classic Rock is a UK magazine. Europe has been really good to Rival Sons. What do you attribute to your early popularity over there?

Our label is UK-based, as many of their contacts and connections are. That’s where they started the push with Pressure and Time. And luckily, those folks on the other side of the pond reacted quickly.

Once the fire lit, we had to service as much of Europe as we could (playing live). So, I think we’ve just given that part of the world the most attention. On another level, it really seems folks over there are slightly more partial to rock n roll…and getting out to shows. I think the U.S. is waking back up to it though.

Rival Sons’ “Great Western Valkyrie” is nominated for “Album of the Year” at the Classic Rock Awards. Can you tell me what that means to you to have your music nominated for this award?

I’m not a big fan of music being a “contest”…but will say to be recognized by one of my favorite magazines…and to be mentioned alongside these fantastic records by some of my favorite artists of all time…that’s really cool.

The album GWV doesn’t necessarily challenge the signature sound of Rival Sons, which is a blend of classic and modern rock. Instead it seems to give the band’s existing style a bit of a polishing. Can you explain the attitude you went into recording this album with and the goals you had in mind?

We record all our records in a live setting. This one was no different.

We’ll write and capture a song between 1 and 5 takes. If we don’t have it that quickly we’ll usually move on. Being our 5th record, I wanted to look at this record like the 5th chapter in the book of Rival Sons. I wanted it to reflect something from each previous record but completely have its own identity at the same time. There’s also the idea that this may be the first record many hear from the band…we’re still making a ton of brand new fans. So as much as we want to take some left turns or reconstruct our sound, approach or writing, we had to remain conscious as to not stray too far. As far as the attitude and moral of the band.

We couldn’t have been more excited to make a new record. We were all basically brimming with new ideas and really fired up to write some new songs and create the next chapter.

Describe working with producer Dave Cobb.

Dave is definitely like a 5th member of the band when we are recording together. We’re great pals and have done all 5 of our records together with a great result. He’s very interactive with us at every step of the process. On each record we will talk about a general idea for the record.

We’ll discuss what gear we want to use, what worked or could be better from the last records…and discuss song ideas and directions.

Once we actually get in the studio things happen very very quickly and working with Dave is a big reason why. I think very few producers these days have the prowess to capture a record live off the floor like he does. At least, with the result he can deliver.

We’re in the age of over-producing, over-writing, just too much everything. That’s not what we’re doing – that’s not what Dave’s doing. In his own words “our job is to create and capture energy.” And not enough guys out there today understand this or how to do it.

Dave does.

Rival Sons will be playing a live set at the awards show. Any special tricks planned for the set?

No smoke.

No mirrors.

Just unadulterated, unapologetic, dirty rock n roll.

What’s the future of Rival Sons as far as you see it?

It’s hard to forecast anything in a business like this. As far as the creative side – as long as we’re inspired and able to make honest music we’ll keep making records. And as long as people want to keep buying tickets…we’ll keep coming to your city.

It’s impossible to say how long it will last. I’m a Capricorn and a pragmatic realist…so that’s the answer from that perspective. Although, naturally, being a guitar player in a rock n roll band, there’s another answer to this question.

And that answer is…World domination.

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