The Orange Opera

The Orange Opera

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The Orange Opera is a pop rock/indie well oiled machine that brings catchy songs and lyrics to the listener. We've played with many national acts such as Dr.Dog/The Teeth/Apollo Sunshine/Rosewood Thieves etc. We carry a 60's and 70's sound with a sprinkle of what's good in todays music.

Biography

Sometimes, the best of things come from the most unlikely of places. Who would have thought a wellspring of world-class pop-rock would gush forth from a ho-hum city in the Midwestern U.S., not exactly renowned for its musical output? Here’s the exception that proves the rule: great music can emerge from the most humble of locales. The Orange Opera channels a classic vibe, enriched with some stellar signposts of early ‘70s rock, driven by the uncanny songcraft of Kevin Hambrick (guitar, piano, lead vocal) and propelled by bassist Bryan Brubaker, guitarist Michael Ostermeyer, and drummer Kevin Hockaday. This combo melds modern energy with vintage vibe to produce the kind of distinctive, catchy, smart and infectious sound that you recognize immediately: it simply belongs in your ears. Imagine bits of Beatles and Badfinger melodic magic mingling with ELO and Wilco, and you’ve barely scratched the surface. The Orange Opera is one of those essential bands that you hear once and realize that, yeah, maybe there’s hope for pop music after all.

2007 has been a great year for the band. Early in the year they played at Fort Wayne, IN’s venerable Embassy Theater to an appreciative crowd of over 1,800. A stretch of opening gigs for great bands followed, including outstanding shows with The Teeth,The High Strung,(both from Park the Van Records). Upon the completion of a highly successful southern U.S. tour, The Orange Opera returned to their hometown in August and were awarded 1st place in Whatzup Magazine’s highly competitive 2007 Battle of the Bands. An October 7 appearance with national act Dr. Dog(also on Park the Van Records)and Apollo Sunshine was a complete success at Fort Wayne’s Sunset Hall and added yet another highlight to The Orange Opera’s year. In 2008, the band started right where they let off playing their first show of the year on new years eve at The Bitter End in NYC. On Jan.31 the band made their way to rock island Illinois for a dream come true to record a Daytrotter Session. Many of the bands featured on this site have given The Orange Opera hope that more good things soon lie ahead.

Lyrics

We can't fight it

Written By: The Orange Opera

We can't fight it now...
Because your always to late..
We can't fight it now..

I promise honey, there's nothing up my sleeve....
Take a look for yourself...
And let the cosmic air that you breathe..
Tell you something I can't maybe sooner you will believe...

We can't fight it now...
Because your always to late..
We can't fight it now..

So let us open the next chapter in the book...
I think it fits very fine...
It's got the golden touch that ends with a hook...
Your secret isn't safe until you bury it somewhere outside...

We can't fight it now...
Because your always to late..
We can't fight it now..

I'm stepping in the broken glass you left behind...
Oh valentine you're such a doll...
But when I think of all the angles that you play...
It gets me so excited that I'm going out of my mind...

We can't fight it now...
Because your always to late..
We can't fight it now..
We can't fight it now...
Because your always to late..
We can't fight it now..

Life Wasn't Fair

Written By: Kevin Hambrick

In the beginning..
I caught your diamond eyes..
Never far away, always wanting more..
Brighter is the sun then it was before..
I won't complain..

Cross off the words that had ruined your memory..
If you can..
Jump to the clouds in hopes you could get anywhere...
Life it wasn't fair..
It wasn't fair..

Trouble shoots Tuesday..
Right down my narrow spine..
Cut me off again, poison in the vain,
Recommend a new position..
I won't complain..

Cross off the words that had ruined your memory..
If you can..
Jump to the clouds in hopes you could get anywhere...
Life it wasn't fair..
It wasn't fair..

Discography

The Orange Opera discography-
2009-Year of the Beard(full length)
2008-Ant Muscle(6 song EP)
2006-Land of Tall(full length)

Kevin Hambrick discography-
2007-Football Weather(full length)
2005-Serotonin(full length)
2002-Cheap(full length)
2001-Blueberry Hurricane(full length)

Set List

We have the capability to play up to 4 hours of originals with maybe 4 covers.(Beatles,Stones,etc.)
We usually play all tracks from Year of the Beard,Ant Muscle,Land of Tall, and some songs from Football Weather.