I come from a small town in south central Pennsylvania, five minutes from the Mason-Dixon and approximately one hour from Baltimore. In my youth, once I had acquired adult status and an automobile, I traveled down their for many a show. One band I was always seeing was The Oranges Band. I heard them on local radio shows once in awhile, playing classics like "My Street" and "OK Apartment" from their On TV EP and All Around full length, both released on the now defunct Lookout! imprint.
It has now been well over three years since the release of their second album, 2005's summer jam The World & Everything In It, and things have changed. Shifts in line-ups and Lookout! going way of the carrier pigeon made many wonder if the band had just kind of gone away. But they didn't. Since then, the band has played many a show in Baltimore and a few other east coast locales, picking up for GBV guitarist Doug Gillard for occasional shows. They even got Gillard to play the role of weekend warrior, coming down to Lord Baltimore studios to contribute his trademark style of guitar playing on their third album, The Oranges Band Are Invisible.
Invisible will see release sometime in 2009, but those in the Baltimore/DC and NYC/Brooklyn area have a chance to score a copy this month at some pre-release shows the band will be playing. See them here, there, and not everywhere:
11.14 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
11.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Bell House
11.22 Washington, DC @ The Red and The Black
To hold you over, lead singer Roman Kuebler has a side project for you. Named Romania, he has set up the website Every7th.com for you to check out what he has going on. Started back in June, the 7th of every month finds Kubler putting up two new songs, along with lyrics, bonus MP3s and blog posts about the tracks. Each month costs a whole dollar. I know money is tight right now, but now that the right guy is in office, celebrate. Try it on for size by downloading the June 08 goodies for free as a trial - "You Can't Take It With You" is a stellar little jam the likes of which I have never heard before.
Download: "You Can't Take It With You" [mp3]
Stream: "Artstar" [MySpace]