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We are excited to auction a classic OR50 amp signed by Biffy Clyro to raise money for Cancer Research UK, the charity chosen by Orange Fans. Mike Vennart, Orange Ambassador and longtime session guitarist with the band, toured with this actual amp for four years. It is signed by him and founding band members Simon Neil, James Johnston and Ben Johnston.

Based on the legendary Pics only amp, the versatile OR50 featured a traditional single channel with a three stage gain section and HF Drive control. Its wide range of vintage tones and that classic British Crunch, pay homage to the Orange amps that helped to define the music of the seventies. According to MusicRadar it is: ‘No-nonsense, single-channel simplicity for rock and blues.’ See our technical director Ade Emsley talk about the OR50 in the video below:

Biffy Clyro, one of the biggest bands to come out of the UK, have enjoyed high profile tours with Muse, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age as well as being festival headliners in their own right. They have released eight, madly innovative albums, the most recent being 2020’s Celebration Of Endings with which they were planning to tour prior to lockdown. They hope to tour October 2021, once again filling venues with bone crunching riffs and rousing choruses and are scheduled to headline the 2022 Download festival.

Talking about the amp Mike Vennart said: ‘This was my amp, I toured it for about 4 years. It’s signed by Simon Neil, James Johnston and Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro, and myself. It’s an absolute classic workhorse beast of an amp. Never let me down. Goddammit I miss it!!

All proceeds from the auction will go to Cancer Research UK, a charity that works tirelessly to help prevent cancer, diagnose it earlier, develop new treatments and optimise current treatments. To own this amazing amp with an auction starting price of £1, check out the auction here. To find out more about Cancer Research UK or make a donation of your own, please visit their website here.

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While at London’s Live Evil Festival earlier this month I caught up with Horisont’s Charles, Magnus and David, which consisted mostly of backstage beers and burgers, and the occasional bearded stranger in denim high fiving them post performance.

Horisont for Dummies – can you tell us a bit about how it all started?
Charles: Horisont for Dummies – We’ve been together for a bit more than ten years. Magnus, Pontus and I go way back, we all met in school.
Magnus: That’s not true, but ok…
Charles: Well yeah, we originally had a band prior to this, which is where we met Axel, and then Horisont was formed in 2005. We’ve been playing together ever since and have released four albums. We’re releasing our fifth album next February, which will be David’s first record with us as he only joined us six months ago.
How has that been?
David: *Sighs….* (while looking incredibly sad, worn down and broken)
Kidding, it’s been really good! They’re great guys, and we play great music.

It’s clear that you’re influenced by 70’s rock, and I’ve noticed there’s a massive scene for that sort of music in Gothenburg, why do you think that is?
Charles: I’m not sure if it was like that when we started out, but then bands like ours and Graveyard were formed and did really well, and maybe that created a the scene for new bands like that.

Although most of your songs have English lyrics, you’ve got some Swedish ones in there as well – will the Swedish tunes be making an appearance on this next record?

Magnus: It’ll have one Swedish song on it which I’ll be singing, I’m doing my singing debut.

Did you guys decide primarily on English as that’ll reach a wider audience?
Charlie: We dont really make a decision of writing an English or Swedish song, we’ll kind of just make the song and then we’ll see what sort of vibe it gives us and the lyrics just happens. It’s much harder to write in your native tongue though because it easily sounds cheesy if it’s too simple. You can get away with simple lyrics in English, but not in Swedish.

So you’ve all got great taste and use Orange Amps, does any of you remember first ever encounter with the brand?
Charlie: When I was younger I was a massive Hellacopters fan and they always used Orange amps, which I guess kind of triggered this urge to get my own.
Magnus: The band we had prior to Horisont had very much like a Hellacopters-y vibe to it.
Charlie: Yeah, action rock ’n’ roll, we were very into that sort of music.

You guys are off to North America with Electric Citizen next month, what will your set up be for that tour?
Charlie
: We wont be bringing our actual own amps, as that’s too much of a hassle, but I’m pretty sure it’ll be OR50’s.

What do you look for when deciding on an amp?
Charlie:
Something that brings out the character of the instrument, but also makes it sound better. You dont want to lose your own sound, you need something that enhances it.

As mentioned earlier, I know you’re influenced by classic rock and the 70s, but was there any bands or artists you grew up listening to which is completely different from the music you’re playing now?
Charlie: Well, I went to a Backstreet Boys concert… I think I was twelve. But that’s pretty much it, after that it’s been mostly 60s and 70s music.
David: But that’s still quite a vide specter of music though, as it’s everything from rock and funk to RnB.
Charlie: Yeah, I just really like the sound of the recordings from the sixties and seventies.
Magnus: We’re all very into the production of that era.
David: The quality was a lot higher back then.

So no guilty pleasures then?
Magnus:
What’s the name of that song Axel always plays…?

Here all I could hear was a lot of whispering which ended in a ‘dont tell her!’, so I guess we’ll never know.


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