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Co-founded in 1978 by Chris Cutler, London-based ReR Megacorp remains a musician-led independent label after almost 40 years. Blithely disregarding market wisdom, it continues to release titles across a wide spectrum of genres.
ReR is home to cult bands This Heat, Henry Cow, Faust, Art Bears, The Necks...
Like TELEVISION, MISSION OF BURMA, THE EMBARRASSMENT, or WIRE before them, THE ORANGES BAND begin with taught, sinuous guitar as a foundation, building structure & rhythm around tenuous pop melodies for songs that convey either nail-biting tension or all-out release, but nothing in between. Neither pop-for-pop's-sake, nor art-for-art's-sake, THE ORANGES BAND walks the line between the two with an firm grasp of where the concepts meet.
With their roots in the mighty ROADS TO SPACE TRAVEL, THE ORANGES BAND offer a new interpretation of that nearly legendary band's inspiring melodies, minus the occasionally prog-ish frills. With the ORANGES BAND, lead songwriter Roman Kuebler has taken the incredibly stirring instrumental parts that made the ROADS so great, and one-upped them with a pop sensibility as catchy as early ELVIS COSTELLO, and as clever as THE FEELIES.
Reviews on their early recordings:
The Oranges work a streamlined, edgy variation on post-punk that calls up memories of Wire, Mission Of Burma, The Clean, and Pere Ubu. The guitars are crisp and razor-edged, the songs are short and to the point. This is very forward looking music, perfectly contemporary and very relevant. Track this one down. - Your Flesh #44
The Oranges have followed up last year's "THE $5 EP" with a new round of sonic shock treatment. If "THE $5 EP" was merely a promising hint of Orange-mania to come, then "900 Miles Of Fucking Hell" is the little box of buzz that captures Roman Kuebler and his mates in mid-season form. The tighter-than-ever Oranges have slung forth a small slew of jagged anthems! The band's nervous, jerky, noisy art-punk mines obvious influences (Mission of Burma, Wire, The Feelies) in search of the perfectly unpredictable bizarro-pop hit. - Now Wave E-Zine