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"This is not simple music"

"This is not simple music – they are combining complex chords with ripping bass lines, dashing lyrics and superior percussion. Although they hang their trademark helix banner behind them every show, the music is hypnotic enough.." - Sage Randall

"Unique sound"

"The Orange has a unique sound, very experimental psychedellia. The warm sounds envelop us and draw us closer with each note" - Kara Oest

"THE ORANGE had an interview with the Dallas Observer’s lovely Krissi Reeves."

Ethereal psych-rock band The Orange is experiencing a wicked state of euphoria these days. After three years of exploring its musical purpose, the Dallas group has finally reached a blissful peak with the release of its new EP, A Sonic Collection of Short Stories from La La Land, and upcoming New York tour dates. The Orange will celebrate this accomplishment with an extravaganza of music and "surprises" tonight at the Curtain Club. (Get a taste of the new album at the end of this post.)

Scott Tucker and Aaron Berkes are guiding The Orange’s journey and have come full-circle from their adolescent days of sneaking into Deep Ellum venues to watch their favorite bands. Creating music together for more than half their lives, Tucker and Berkes possess a distinguished bond anchored not only by their shared musical vision, but also by an innocent curiosity to explore the full potential of their creative bursts.

After a touch-and-go experience in the much grimier version of themselves, Special Edword, the friends stripped themselves bare (literally, according to tales of Tucker’s late night cemetery crusades) and began the reconstruction that lead them to this moment.

Surrounded by shiny, vintage rock equipment and headless mannequins, we sat in The Orange’s Arlington practice space to dig a little deeper into the orphic energy of the 25 year-old bandmates.

(Note: Bassist Brandon Morris also joined us. He sat politely and bashfully in the corner.)

Tell us about the title of your new EP, A Sonic Collection of Short Stories from La La Land.

Tucker: Well, the name comes from… OK, there are so many bands that seem to be writing songs that just don’t seem to mean anything. Even the words of the songs and the titles of the songs are like "Wait" or "Breathe." (To Berkes) What’s another one?

Berkes: Or like "Capture!"

Tucker: Yeah! "Capture!"

Berkes: This is a new one from our album called "Capture!"

Tucker: And it’s like everyone names their albums, you know…"Blue…Steel! Blue Steel Magnum" from Never Said.

I’ve never heard of that album…

Tucker: You know what I mean. It’s just that everyone tries to be so (death metal scream) hardcore, metal, Dallas. I was sitting in an English class, actually, and I had just read a book, The 2005 Best American Short Stories.... I was relating literature to the lyrics I write and I thought, in a way, music now is the literature that people really – well, people don’t go out and buy books like they did in the ’20s or the ’30s and especially the 1800s – so, this is the literature of the day. And I just wanted to call it "A Sonic Collection of Short Stories," because every song is a story and it’s sonic because it’s musical. And it’s from La La Land. La La Land is like this place where I wish I were. This is La La Land (points to the vibrant woods in the band’s new press photo), just a place of bliss.

You guys worked with Dallas producer Jim King, yes?

Berkes: Yes, Jim King. Sonic Dropper. He was great to work with. He pushed us to the next level. We’ve recorded with other people before. (With Jim) it was like you did a take and even if you thought it was good, Jim would be like "no."

Tucker: No.

Berkes: No. He’d hear things that you didn’t even know that you didn’t hear.

Tucker: Especially me.

Berkes: He’d say, "Do it again." That extra push that he gave us, that extra drive, not only increased us professionally as musicians, but also made the record sound a lot better. It was really good to work with him.

People are always looking to slap labels on bands to describe their sound. So, what words do you attach to the sound The Orange?

Berkes: Hmm. Well, right now, it’s a little dance-y. There’s a dance element to it. But it’s not something that we are trying to go for – it’s not like, "hey, let’s write dance songs!" That’s where it’s at right now. It’s not emo. It’s not screamo. I can tell you what it’s not.

Tucker: It’s not metal, hip-hop or grunge. I don’t know. That’s tough. Well, our manager describes it as a sonic, dirty bomb.

A sonic, dirty bong?!

Tucker and Berkes: A sonic, dirty bomb!

Aha! I get it. That’s cool.

Tucker: When people ask me, I say our music is kind of like The Killers and The Dandy Warhols. But then some people say that Aaron and I have this sort of Nirvana element because…

Berkes: …because we were brought up in the early ’90s.

Tucker: I can’t really think of one of our songs that has that though.

Berkes: We were way into Nirvana, Deftones and Silverchair. All those bands.

Tucker: Yeah, Daniel Johns (of Silverchair) is a musical prodigy. Do you listen to The Dandy Warhols?

Yes, actually. My friend has been emailing me their music lately. I’ve been revisiting.

Tucker: Courtney Taylor is really inspirational to me, actually. Courtney Taylor has really taught me to just release myself. After I discovered The Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre I really decided that whatever comes out, comes out. If people like it, then they do. If they don’t, then whatever.

The Orange is influenced by psychedelia, obviously. Tell us about that.

Berkes: We are definitely influenced by psychedelia. I’ve got a pedal board with a bunch of pedals. (Grinning, his sneakers motion to his massive pedal board.) That makes us psychedelic.

(Both Berkes and Tucker are humorously approaching the stereotype while pointing out the inventory of acid-rock paraphernalia around us.)

Tucker: Yeah, I play through a Vox AC30 amp and a Silvertone from 1965.

But, it’s not just in the music; it’s in the image, the show…

Tucker: I’m a visual artist, and I just really enjoy early psychedelic bands like 13th Floor Elevators and Rocky Erickson and that whole genre because it’s so original and it’s so fresh.

Berkes: We like the bright colors. A lot of the music out there is so depressing and we try to bring an element of color and light.

The Orange is hosting its CD release party tonight at the Curtain Club with The Future Cast, The Salutation and Wonderfool. Admission includes a copy of The Orange’s new EP, A Sonic Collection of Short Stories from La La Land. -- Krissi Reeves

And, now that you’re fully enticed, check out the track "Teleprompters" from The Orange’s new EP. - Dallas Observer

"Austin City Limits Article"

The Orange, from Dallas, Texas, has moved onto the third round of the popular Sound and the Jury contest for new and upcoming bands. The
Grand prize is a slot at the world renowned Austin City Limits festival.

After setting themselves apart from almost 700 other bands
who started the competition, The Orange needs your help to move on to the 4th and final round. Votes are counted once everyday until the contest ends on September 12th. Once you place your vote you need to go and confirm your vote in your e-mail inbox.

You can vote here:

So far, 2008 has been a progressive year for this talented young band. The Orange has seen the recording and release of their debut
EP, "A Sonic Collection of Short Stories from La La Land." The EP is available on iTunes,, Amazon and can also be found in Dallas
area Virgin Megastores and Waterloo records in Austin.

The Orange followed up their EP release with a short stint on the East Coast. The band played at historic Arlene's Grocery in New York
City along with dates in Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. and also landed an endorsement deal from Gibson Guitars, and began playing many regional shows as well as sharing the main stage with As Cities Burn and The Toadies at the Northgate Music Festival in College station.

The Orange will be continuing their regional shows through the fall and heading back into the studio to begin recording their first full
length album in November. Be on the lookout for the release in the second quarter of 2009!

The Orange Tour Dates:

Sept. 20 Main Street Live Music Series
w/ Louis XIV Dallas, TX

Sept. 23 The Parish w/ Run Run Run
and Luna Halo Austin, TX

Sept. 24 Hailey's w/ Run Run Run
and Luna Halo Denton, TX

Sept. 25 The Prophet Bar w/ Run Run Run
and Luna Halo Dallas, TX

Oct. 17 Jack's Patio w/ Vallejo and
Sounds Under Radio San Antonio, TX

Nov. 1 House of Blues Dallas, TX

- Alternative Addiction

"Interview with and listen to THE ORANGE live from Gibson Studios, NYC"

It seems that we have almost forgotten to let you in on a little secret....You can hear EXCLUSIVE live acoustic tracks and our interview at Gibson studios on just go here: -

"The Orange Live on Good Day Austin"

07/03/2008 -- The psychedelic rock band, The Orange, performs live on GOOD DAY AUSTIN. They will be headlining Stubb's Thursday night. For more information on their upcoming shows check them out at;jsessionid=AB257F0F55358AD8837C2D4CBAB1AB95?contentId=6904586&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1&sflg=1 - FOX


A Sonic Collection of Short Stories from La La Land (EP)



Home grown in the exploding Dallas, TX, Scott and Aaron as middle school friends started writing music together. The youthful, but ahead of its time scream rock of Special Edword was born. Special Edword enjoyed modest success playing to packed crowds for over five years in featured venues in Dallas, Arlington, and all over Texas.

In Fall of 2006, Scott and Aaron teamed with Derrick and Brandon to start a side project called THE ORANGE...the color, not the fruit.

THE ORANGE was to be more mature - a natural progression in their song writing. This new sound reaches backward in music history and pushes forward through the sea of modern music mediocrity. In December 2007 Gabe completed the sound adding tasteful keys, synths, and loops.

"To listen is to be taken to a splendid icelandic wonderland of sound I call La La Land" -Scott Tucker, THE ORANGE is.. tasteful, fresh, insightful, colored, faith, ambition. A collected musical splendor from a distinguished world of intense ideas, improbable reason and organized beauty which all of us create in this unstoppable, undefined continuum we call life. Unlike any band you will ever hear in a town of predominating suburban continuity, THE ORANGE is imagination, significance and ART. Something to believe in again after the world has been shaken. Words to take to the heart when losing faith. A sonic media that is artistically eloquent, and no less than dazzling..