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Footscray, Victoria, Australia | INDIE

Footscray, Victoria, Australia | INDIE
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"SPEED ORANGE – The Virgin Of Guadalupe "

British ex-pat heads Melbourne folk-rock collective
Melbourne four-piece Speed Orange formed out of the ashes of a group of London filmmakers, musicians and artists. When member Tony Jackson moved to Melbourne, he retained the Speed Orange name, however the group he has assembled in the Victorian capital bares little resemblance to the rag-tag collective of bohemians left behind in London. The songs on the elaborately-titled The Virgin Of Guadalupe are pristine, focused and mostly acoustic-based songs with lush, melancholic vocal harmonies. From the stomping pop of Mother to the leisurely unrolling balladry of Vinegar And Wine, The Virgin Of Guadalupe tells well-worn tales of lost love, but delivers them with a deceptively upbeat swing, like the friction beneath the surface of a classic Everly Brothers 45. For a classic example of this, listen to the undeniably dark obsessions of This Is The End and the strange, soft sing-song use of the song’s title – you can imagine brooding to it on a grey day or singing along with it at a music festival with a big grin on your face. Jackson (along with cohorts Aaron D’Arcy, Ben Roberts and Andy Steward) has created a powerful debut that combines sadness with quietly triumphant melodies.
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MATT THROWER - Rave Magazine


Discography

Single - The Ballad of You, Me and Donnie McGee 2010
Album - We all get exactly what we're asking for 2010
Album - The Virgin of Guadalupe 2008

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The ‘Speed Orange’ story began amidst the heady rush of mid-nineties swinging London. In those days ‘Speed Orange’ was the collective name for a ragged bunch of filmmakers, guerilla musicians and artists tearing up the English capital like they owned the place.

At the turn of the century, the now lead singer Tony Jackson made a bold move, he put aside his well worn film camera and picked up a guitar, kick-starting a journey that would see him jettison the UK and head south for the rock ‘n’ roll capital of Australia... Melbourne.

Touching down in OZ, the dust didn't have time to settle before Jackson was face to face with the three Swash-buckling troubadours that would ultimately become...

The infamous ‘Speed Orange’

Aaron D’Arcy - Keys, Guitar and Vox.

Ben Roberts - Drums and Vox.

Andy Steward - Bass and Vox.

It had all come down to this moment, a sun-burnt country, four men, all outlaws if you will, together on a single mission... To release the melodies trapped deep in the rubble of their minds.

Whiskey bottles, broken hearts and shattered dreams littered the path as they recorded their debut long player “The Virgin of Guadalupe”

(Named after the patron Saint of México City “The Virgin of Guadalupe” is thought to come to the aid of souls in deep trouble. Legend has it that 'Speed Orange' were visited by the Virgin after a disastrous soundcheck for a gig in México City, Nov 2004... The gig itself went really well.)

Beneath the albums deicevingly upbeat melodies the torture of lost love whistles away like a tormented temptress. Introspective, personal, yet at times downright flirty, the stories told in these twelve songs take you on a journey from despair to hope and back again.

But where it all makes sense, where it all comes together, is the live arena. Its here that 'Speed Orange' have earned their reputation as wanted men.

With spit and fire they play even the most gentle song like it’s a life or death situation, and that’s because for them... It is.