Orange Amplification is delighted to introduce two new pedals to their range; The Fur Coat is a vintage fuzz and the Getaway Driver is an overdrive, cab sim, class A type pedal. Both have been designed by Orange’s Technical Director, Adrian Emsley.

The Fur Coat, inspired by the great fuzz tones from the seventies is loosely based on the old Foxx Tone Machine originally released in 1971 which was often used by artists such as Peter Frampton and Adrian Belew. Designed with a foot switchable octave, it is superbly versatile, allowing players to adjust  the level of the upper octave rather than just turn it on and off. In keeping with the era’s vibe, it is built with germanium diodes and is Orange’s only true bypass pedal. When used it puts a ‘dirty, smelly fur coat’ on every note produced giving them a warm, furry quality. The Fur Coat drapes itself over the music; stroke it lovingly to produce grungy, warm effects or turn it up for lots of filthy, shaggy texture. Its tone can be dressed down casual, super modern, funky or wonderfully dramatic.

It sounds absolutely phenomenal’ said Clutch’s Tim Sult and Matt Pike from Sleep said “I’ve tried every fuzz pedal on the planet. This is my new favorite. The Fur Coat is everything I expected Orange would do with an octave fuzz. It’s seriously gnarly.

The action-packed Getaway Driver is an amp-in-a-box type pedal. It has the same transparent, buffered output as the Orange Two Stroke and Kongpressor pedals plus a second Cab Sim / headphone output. This makes the Getaway Driver perfect for silent practice or recording. The three dials, Volume, Bite (tone) and Gain, allow players to ‘rev their engine’. The pedal really excels when played through an amp’s clean channel, even ones with a bright cap. Low gain and high volume makes for a clean boost, pushing amps over the edge into classic overdrive. Armed with one of these, players can be transported back to the fast and furious seventies feeling the heat as this hot rod pedal drives relentlessly forward to produce the closest thing to the buzz of being a real getaway driver.

This pedal is great……..it sounds like vintage Orange’ observed Damon Fox The Cult/ Big Elf.

The Fur Coat can be powered by 9 or 12V DC. Running at 12V increases the headroom and the output volume available. It draws very little current, less than 5mA allowing for a long battery life. The Getaway Driver can be powered by 9 or 12V DC. At 9Vs the pedal has the characteristics of EL84 valves, whereas 12Vs gives it a EL34 flavour.

To find out more about the Fur Coat and the Getaway Driver guitar pedals please go to https://orangeamps.com/ and also check out our new YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0e7-5zEL5s&list=PLA620E1C3C54EBC0A

 

Paul and Anthony at my place in London.

Photo by JT Rhoades

Yesterday morning I woke up with a bang after not one, not two, but three cans and bottles fell and landed on a sleeping Riley Hawk’s face, being probably the worst wake up call of the tour – for Riley, obviously. I was perfectly fine as I watched it happen from afar.

Waking up, I was pretty bummed out as this was the end of the tour for me and I knew I’d be shortly on my way back to London and reality, while the guys set off to France for an early night before Motorculto festival later today. Luckily, they had a last minute change of heart and decided to head back to London with me for record shopping and a night of fun in the big smoke. After all, this was also the day of releasing ‘New Beginning’, the first single of their upcoming album, ‘New Beginnings’, and if that isn’t reason enough to celebrate, then what is?

We arrived at mine in London where they had a play at my shitty guitars that finally got their chance to shine, before heading towards the tube – or ‘the underground’ as those Americans call it. There were a few technical complications as I tried to maneuver them through the process of buying their first ever Oyster cards followed by certain band members who shall not be named (Paul) getting caught in the barriers while trying to exit the station, which resulted him calling out my name in panic like a damsel in distress (Sorry Paul.) Despite all odds, we made it to Rough Trade.

Petyr’s Riley Hawk and Paul browsing – Parker and photographer J.T Rhoades surfing. By Ella Stormark

After 25 minutes of intense browsing and record shopping, we headed towards Camden and one of my favourite bars and venues, The Black Heart where beers were drank, fun was had, and Holy Diver was played. We left The Black Heart for a to check out a funk playing brass band at The Blues Kitchen, only to get rejected at the door as the youthful looking papa Paul didn’t have ID, and the journey continued to The Dev where more beer was consumed, enough for the majority of us to decide that dancing would be a great idea. There are a few videos on my phone I’m keeping for a rainy day when Radio Moscow’s taken over the world, and I can make millions on footage of Parker doing the worm. He didn’t actually, but damn do I wish he did.

At The Black Heart – by Ella Stormark

Parker by JT Rhoades

Closing time was a reality, and it was time to head back to mine where tour manager Karl was waiting to take them to France, leaving me to wallow in post tour blues on my own.


Photo by JT Rhoades

Anthony, Parker and Paul, thanks a million for letting me tag along and giving me an insight of life on the road – I had a blast! See ya’ll at Desertfest Antwerp in October!

Describe Orange Amps in 10 Words or Less! You don’t even have to own an Orange. We just want to know what you think about our brand – good or bad!

The First Place Winner will be awarded the Ultimate Orange Pedal Board based on the creativity of their description. Runners Up will have their name and description featured in our upcoming pedal marketing video (scheduled for release in September).

First place winner will record a scripted audio message for inclusion in the video.


 

Orange Amplification is delighted to be sponsoring the 2017 Progressive Music Awards once again. These prestigious awards will be held at The Underglobe on the September 14th. This year, Orange Ambassadors Mastodon, Sólstafir and Rush are nominated for awards.

Mastodon, winners of this year’s Golden God Award for Best Live Band, have earned themselves a reputation as one of the most creative metal bands of a generation. The stunning artwork of their best-selling seventh studio album, Emperor of Sands, has been nominated for Prog Awards 2017 Album Cover Of The Year. In addition, ‘Show Yourself’ the second single from the album and the band’s most commercially successful has been nominated for Video of The Year. Mastodon has just announced their Emperor of Sands tour will be extended with seven UK Shows from December 2nd in Cardiff to the 10th in London.

The music of Icelandic heavy metal band Sólstafir has been described as a unique blend of metal, beautiful melodies with psychedelic moments. They have been nominated for International Band / Artist of the Year at the Prog Awards. Their sixth album Berdreyminn, released in May 2017 is being supported by a UK and European tour throughout June.

 

Rush’s fortieth anniversary edition of their seminal ‘2112’ album has been nominated for Reissue Of The Year, sponsored by Orange Amplification. The re-mastering of this landmark 1976 album adds polish to an already superb example of musical agility. It has Orange Ambassador Geddy Lee’s vocals popping and his iconic bass lines sounding refreshed and rejuvenated. The album may be forty years old, yet 2112 remains as relevant as ever.

To find out more about the Prog Awards, the categories and vote for your favourite Orange Ambassador please go to www.progmagazine.com/awards. To find out more about Orange Amplification, its products and its artists please go to https://orangeamps.com/.

Orange Amplification is excited to announce their Ambassadors Mastodon are headlining the 2017 Metal Hammer Golden Gods. They will be joined by fellow Ambassadors, Clutch and Orange Goblin.

The 15th annual Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards will take place at The Indigo at The O2, London on Monday 12th June 2017. Fozzy frontman and WWE megastar Chris Jericho will travel straight from Download Festival to host the show, which promises to be the biggest rock party of the year.

American rock golden gods Mastodon released their latest Album Emperor of Sand in March and will be touring the UK and Europe throughout the summer, including Download. They have won two previous Golden Gods awards, For Best Shredder and Best Album and this year are nominated for Best Live Band.

Joining them for an evening of metal merriment is Clutch who are currently touring Europe in support of their eleventh studio album Psychic Warfare. Orange Goblin will be returning to rock the stage as part of their extensive European tour to promote their latest album Back From The Abyss.

Other Orange ambassadors included in this year’s Golden God nominees are: –

Best UK Band: While She Sleeps

Best Underground Band: Neurosis, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer

Best International Band: Korn

Breakthrough: Code Orange, Creeper

Orange Amplification are also sponsoring the prestigious Defender of the Faith Award. Voting is now open at http://2017.goldengods.teamrock.com where there is a full list of nominees and you can vote for your favourite.

To find out more about Orange Amplification, its products and its artists please go to https://orangeamps.com/.

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

After April’s sold out Wytches Weekender, we teamed up with Fluffer Records once again, this time for their Black Lips All Dayer Pit Party, with ten bands and DJ’s playing from 1pm until 2am. With a 1000 people capacity this Pit Party was five times bigger(!!) than any previous pits, but still staying true to the concept of the band playing in the middle, although, this time on a stage surrounded by barriers, because let’s face it, it’d be a death trap to just chuck ’em on the floor. As you enter the venue you’re greeted with a warning sign, and you realize shit’s about to get real;

«Fluffer takes no responsibility for bodily harm or injuries you may get in the pit

Set times & Bands:
2pm: Ohmns
3pm: Prison Whites
4pm: The Black Tambourines
5pm: Wonk Unit
6pm: The Parrots
7pm: Virgin Kids
8pm: HECK
9pm: Bo Ningen
10.15pm: The Black Lips
0.00: Claw Marks
01.00am: Sewer Rats

The Parrots by Freddie Payne

The Parrots by Freddie Payne

The Parrots by Freddie Payne

The Parrots by Freddie Payne

The Parrots by Freddie Payne

The Parrots by Freddie Payne

 

I imagine being placed in a ring facing away from your bandmates must be a new experience, and quite challenging, and I was amazed by how well the bands dealt with it. Liverpool band Ohmns kickstarted the day with a great set, which would have lasted way longer, if it was up to me. The show goes on, and things really start to happen as Wonk Unit takes the stage – with punk poems about horses and grandmothers Daddy Wonk charms the crowd with his cockney attitude and enthusiasm. Following Wonk Unit, was Heavenly Recordings newest addition, Madrid’s The Parrots who’s been on everyone lips the last couple of months. They got people dancing with their happy garage rock n roll, before we had a complete change of genre, as HECK took the stage.

Heck - Daniel Quesada

Now, I had never seen HECK before, but I had heard tales of terror, in a good way. «HECK’s great, they have no regards for their own safety or anyone elses!» my mate told me as they took the stage, and bloody hell was he right! They were leaping off the stage and into the crowd, encouraging mosh pits, circle pits and walls of death, and kept an insane energy level from the first song – it’s like the Pit Party was invented for bands like HECK, and they left me battered and bruised, with a footprint on my shoulder – all part of the pit party fun!

Yours truly during HECK's set.

Yours truly during HECK’s set.

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

HECK by Freddie Payne

«HECK’s great, they have no regards for their own safety or anyone elses!»

Bo Ningen by Freddie Payne

Bo Ningen by Freddie Payne

Bo Ningen by Freddie Payne

Bo Ningen by Freddie Payne

Bo Ningen by Freddie Payne

Bo Ningen by Freddie Payne

I wasn’t sure who would be able to top that, or follow in their big-ass footsteps, but then Bo Ningen happened, and they were sensational, and probably one of the most fascinating bands I’ve ever seen live – it was an experience, not just a performance. Then, it was the moment we had all been waiting for, although I was already overwhelmed with excitement after the astonishing performances I had already seen, but it was time for The Black Lips to take the stage. Notoriously known for getting naked and starting riots at their own gigs, they seemed like a natural choice for a Pit Party,  and jeez, they were! The crowd went absolutely mental, and bodies were flying everywhere, they ended their set with a bang, with ‘Bad Kids’ from 2007’s ‘Good Bad Not Evil’, where basically everyone in the entire venue invaded the stage to sing along. There was still two bands on after Black Lips, London band Claw Marks and kings of Grimsby, Sewer Rats. Both veterans in the pit who’d be up for such a challenge – needless to say, they killed it.

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

Black Lips by Freddie Payne

As I stumbled my way home with a belly full of bourbon and beer, I was pleased to have survived the madness of yet another pit party, before I’m back at it at the 18th of June when Traams are playing – still two and a half weeks away, that should give me just about enough time to recover. I think.

Photos by Freddie Payne and Daniel Quesada.

The Wytches, by Keira Cullinane

The Wytches, by Keira Cullinane

Last weekend Orange teamed up with Fluffer Records for their two sold out Fluffer Pit Parties headlined by Brighton’s dark psychedelic surf rockers, The Wytches. The whole Fluffer pit party concept ‘no stage, band in the middle, crowd 360’ has been taking over the East London music scene over the last six months, with the anticipation for this specific weekend having been high.

Virgin Kids by Nicole Fara Silver

Virgin Kids by Nicole Fara Silver

Friday night saw performances from three incredible support bands as well as The Wytches – First out was The Hungry Ghosts who delivered an astonishing performance of their slaughterhouse blues – they set the bar high! Luckily Phobophobes rose to the challenge, and kept the show going until Virgin Kids took over and delivered an absolutely killer set, which was their first one back from their recent 30 date UK tour.

The Wytches, by Simon Shoulders

The Wytches, by Simon Shoulders

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The Wytches, by Freddie Payne

Not too long after, it was time for The Wytches to enter the pit. The ones we’d all been waiting for, the main course. They enter the pit with confidence, and it doesn’t take long before the entire crowd is moshin to the sound of their fuzzy guitars and Kristian screaming out vocals. There’s Fluffer monster heads floating around in the pit, and you get to that point where you’re not quite sure who’s sweat you’re covered in, but it doesn’t really matter anyway, cause that’s what the pit’s all about – the band and the crowd basically being melted together in a big pot of noise, sweat and alcohol. After finishing their set, Kristian smashes his guitar before climbing out through the crowd. If I were to describe what I just witnessed, my only words would be ‘holy shiiiiiit!!’, so I decide to ask the guy next to me what he thought about the whole shebang, hoping his vocabulary is a bit better than mine;

Photo by Keira Cullinane

Photo by Keira Cullinane

«The gig in itself was ecstatic. The atmosphere built up throughout the whole event, and everyone seemed to have gathered energy until the very last act. The place was a beauty! The concept of these pit parties is what most rock fanatics have been waiting for a while, a night out with live rock and old tunes until the very late hours of the night. The freedom of being able to gather as an audience around the band is the best and feels much more intimate. Great stuff!»
Max, 20

Despite having a pretty sore head from my 10+ Jack & Coke’s the night before, I wake up the following day well excited for yet another pit party. As I arrive at the venue I find the bands outside on deck chairs in the sun, drinking beer and talking amongst themselves. Before entering the pit room I hear a couple by the merch table saying they had flown in from Norway to attend the event, and that they loved the idea of the whole ‘band and audience becoming one.’

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Love Buzzard, by Freddie Payne

At 8pm, it’s time for Vulgarians to open the show, before punk band The Bodies takes over. The whole room is buzzing with excitement, everyone downing their beers so they can get enough drunken courage to start moshin’ around a bit. Dynamic duo and noise connoisseurs Love Buzzard is main support and delivers an energetic and aggressive performance, making me wonder how on , making sure the crowd is left on a high before The Wytches comes back for round two.

Photo by Keira Cullinane

Photo by Keira Cullinane

Photo by Keira Cullinane

Photo by Keira Cullinane

I somehow thought the pit couldn’t be any messier than it had been the night before, but boy was I wrong – the entire room explodes, there’s people crowdsurfing everywhere as well as paper mache monster heads being thrown about. A few heroes in the front work as a human shield between the crowd and the band, as the masses are raging behind them. The Wytches somehow managed to be even better than the night before, and as they finish their set on a high, drummer Gianni leaps out into the crowd, and crowd surfs through the room and to the exit. We’re all left covered in sweat, not really sure what we just witnessed, except for the fact that it was utter madness, in the best possible way.

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The music, the mayhem and the madness, by Ella Stormark

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The Wytches’ drummer Gianni crowd surfing, by Freddie Payne

Post gig, I grab a hold of Wytches bassist and Orange Ambassador Dan Rumsey to get his thoughts on playing a show like this, and how that last two nights have been;

The Wytches' Dan Rumsey, by Keira Cullinane

The Wytches’ Dan Rumsey, by Keira Cullinane

«It’s great because it’s something new. There are a lot of promotors out there putting on a lot of small gigs that are poorly attended so you need to have something else to offer these days. That’s why the pit party is good because it’s something interesting and Fluffer went all out in promoting the event with amazing graphics and dedicated online presence. I enjoyed it a lot, and it’s going to be tough to top the carnage of that. Especially tonights show!»

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