Terrible Orange Things
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Terrible Orange Things

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Alternative Rock




"Band of the Day: Terrible Orange Things"

There are many terrible orange things in life. Mouldy oranges, psycho killer goldfish, the new Irn-Bru, that dickhead in the Whitehouse… Donovan O’Rourke tells us about another one.

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

Currently we are based out of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. (About 45 minutes north of Philly for geographical reference.)

How did you meet?

James and I met in high school through mutual friends and played in more than a few garage bands together back in the day. Simon and I met through working in the regional cover band scene the last few years, of which we both just recently stepped away from to focus on other professional pursuits.

How long have you been playing as a band?

We began writing material around February 2019.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

It’s an old inside joke between some friends and I from when we were a lot younger and dumber. Lots of people think it’s some kind of Trump joke or something about the Flyers mascot Gritty, but honestly it’s just a bunch of dumb kids hallucinating under a tree in the backyard.

What are your influences?

I like to think that I listen to a lot of different music but some of the stuff that has been the most influential to me has been old Goo Dolls, Box Car Racer, Angels and Airwaves, 30 Seconds to Mars, Conditions, The Dangerous Summer, Longwave, Bloc Party, Coheed & Cambria, and Tokyo Police Club. I’m sure there are plenty more but those are definitely the first things that come to mind.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

I’d like to think that that we are a little more cerebral than the typical alternative rock band. Musically, we aren’t the most intricate or elaborate band by any means, but I think we try to elevate the genre by giving our themes a little more depth than your typical alt-pop-punk-indie-rock song. I miss the days when you still heard music with guitars on mainstream radio stations, so I like to think of us a nod to late 90’s/early 00’s while also trying to make it our own sound.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

So far, a lot of our material has dealt pretty heavily with the emotions surrounding times of transition, growth and change. My life was in a pretty dramatic state of flux when I began writing the songs and I think that has been reflected pretty strongly in our lyrics.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Well. Actually. We have yet to play a live show together yet. So hopefully they will rad. Haha. Our first show is coming up on April 4th and we are currently hard at work rehearsing and polishing our set.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

I was playing in a pop-punk band a few years back and like any good pop-punk band we had buttons with our logo on it for sale for like $1 or something as part of our merch. One gig, after we had played our set, the band was gathered around the bar hanging out and someone came up to us, lifted his shirt, and proceeded to use one of the buttons to pierce his nipple right on the spot. We all thought it was the greatest/most hilarious/most horrifying thing was had ever seen. Needless to say we bought the guy a few shots for his troubles. Haha.

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Donovan – Fender P-Bass
James – Gibson ES-335 & Fender Telecaster
Simon – SJC Drums, TRX Cymbals
What are your plans for 2020?

January 21 we are releasing a cover of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved”. We put a lot of effort into transforming the song into a full band arrangement and we are all really proud of how it turned out. Spring 2020 we will be releasing our debut EP “Lovely Sounds for Lonely Times” along with a 3rd original music video to continue on the story of Terrible Orange Things. Then April 4th we will be playing our very first show as a full band at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, opening for Goldfinger and The Suicide Machines. We are incredibly excited to be a part of the festival and to be supporting some amazing bands that we all grew up listening to.

If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!

Personally, I would love to open for Angels and Airwaves. They’ve been a huge influence on me musically and seeing their live shows in my teenage years are some of my most cherished memories from that period in my life. As far as choosing our opener, I would love to have our friends in band called Summer Scouts from Allentown, PA on the bill as well. James and I have been friends with the some of the members for an incredibly long time and I’m a huge fan of the music they have been putting out, not to mention I think would be a great fit for the show overall as well. - The Moshville Times

"Your Next Favorite Band - Terrible Orange Things"

Join us for the first episode of the new year as we spend time with Terrible Orange Things. In addition to an amazing band name, they play some of the most raw and authentic rock music around, teeming with emotion and angst of when life is in flux, which happens at any and all ages. They’ve compared their sound to “an unholy blend of Goo Goo Dolls and Blink 182, with some Switchfoot and the soundtrack to Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2”. - Your Next Favorite Band - Podcast


  • "Running Up That Hill" (Cover by Terrible Orange Things) - August 9th, 2022.
  • "Lovely Sounds for Lonely Times" - December 21st, 2021
  • "Brighter" (Single) - April 13th, 2021.
  • "Someone You Loved" (Cover by Terrible Orange Things) - January 21st, 2020.
  • "Stutter" (Single) - August 20th, 2019.
  • "Alien" (Single) - May 1st, 2019.



Born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania in the summer of 2019, Terrible Orange Things is the brainchild of long time friends and first-time collaborators Donovan O’Rourke, James Buniak and Simon Wernovsky. After over a decade between them of working in the professional cover band circuit, Donovan and Simon found themselves exhausted from performing music night after night that was not their own and sought to reconnect with the passion and the music that had originally inspired them to become musicians in the first place. James and Donovan had grown up together playing in local bands around Allentown, Pennsylvania and after a successful career working as a sound engineer himself, James was ready to get back on stage and proved to be the perfect fit to complete the trio.

The band immediately set to work writing and hired Allentown based producer and engineer, Justin Mitchell (I Am King, Visionary) of King Studios to engineer and produce their first singles, “Alien” & “Stutter”. When it came time to reveal their music to the world the band knew that they wanted to create content that reflected their own lighthearted, comedic, and adventurous personalities and thus the Adventures of Terrible Orange Things was born. Teaming up with Philadelphia based Tree of Life Films, the band released the official video for “Alien” on May 1st, 2019 and hit the ground running on a sci-fi adventure of their own creation, following it up with the sequel, “Stutter” in August. 

Shortly after beginning work recording their debut EP, “Lovely Sounds for Lonely Times” the band was forced into a year long hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Fortunately, the band returned with their third original single and video, “Brighter” in April of 2021 and followed shortly thereafter by the full Lovely Sounds EP in December.

2022 was year of growth for the band as they finally began playing live shows after years of exclusively studio recording, including an appearance at Bethlehem, PA's annual Musikfest to cap off the summer. The year came to a close with the band releasing a new video and single - this time a cover of the explosively popular 80's throwback, Kate Bush's "Running up that Hill". 

Now the band looks to the future as they continue to refine their live show as they continue work on a follow up EP, “Why Don’t You Make Like a Tree and Grow”, to be released summer 2023.

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