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!

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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.

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