Code Orange (band)

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Code Orange at Rock am Ring 2017
Background information
Also known asCode Orange Kids (2008-2014)
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres
Years active2008 (2008)–present
Labels
Associated acts
Members
  • Eric Balderose
  • Reba Meyers
  • Jami Morgan
  • Joe Goldman
  • Dominic Landolina
Past members
  • Bob Rizzo
  • Greg Kern

Code Orange (previously known as Code Orange Kids) [fn 1] is an American hardcore punk band that formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [4] in 2008. The band signed to Deathwish Inc. for their first two studio albums Love Is Love/Return to Dust (2012) and I Am King (2014) and have since released a third, Forever (2017), through Roadrunner Records. In 2012, four of the band's members – Reba Meyers, Jami Morgan, Joe Goldman and Dominic Landolina – formed the rock band Adventures. [5] The band have received one Grammy Award nomination, for their song “Forever.”

Hardcore punk Subgenre of punk rock

Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."

Pittsburgh City in western Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh is a city in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States, and is the county seat of Allegheny County. A population of about 301,048 residents live within the city limits, making it the 66th-largest city in the U.S. The metropolitan population of 2,324,743 is the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia, the second-largest in Pennsylvania, and the 27th-largest in the U.S.

Pennsylvania U.S. state in the United States

Pennsylvania, officially the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a state located in the Northeastern, Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains run through its middle. The Commonwealth is bordered by Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and the Canadian province of Ontario to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.

Contents

History

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Drummer and vocalist Jami Morgan in 2017
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Reba Meyers in 2017

Formation and early years (2008–2012)

The band formed under the name "Code Orange Kids" in 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They started out playing "really straightforward punk," but would eventually take their music in a heavier direction with the introduction of new member, Bob Rizzo, who met members of the band at a local show. [4] By early 2012, the band described themselves as "doomy, abrasive" hardcore punk similar to Black Flag, Converge or Integrity. [4] The band found some difficulty touring in their early days. Because all the members went to various high schools in Pennsylvania, they were not old enough to play at some of the clubs and could only tour between semesters. Despite this, Code Orange Kids opened for such bands as the Misfits, The Bronx, Nekromantix and Anti-Flag. [4] [6] Early self-published releases from Code Orange Kids included 2009's Winter Tour Demo, [4] 2010's Demo 2010 [4] and 2011's Embrace Me/Erase Me. [7] Code Orange Kids released the EP Cycles through Mayfly Records in 2011. [8]

Black Flag (band) American hardcore punk band

Black Flag is an American punk rock band formed in 1976 in Hermosa Beach, California. Initially called Panic, the band was established by Greg Ginn, the guitarist, primary songwriter, and sole continuous member through multiple personnel changes in the band. They are widely considered to be one of the first hardcore punk bands, as well as one of the pioneers of post-hardcore. After breaking up in 1986, Black Flag reunited in 2003 and again in 2013. The second reunion lasted well over a year, during which they released their first studio album in over two decades, What The… (2013). The band announced their third reunion in January 2019. Brandon Pertzborn was replaced by Isaias Gil on drums and Tyler Smith was replaced by Joseph Noval on bass with touring 2nd guitarist Alan Windler for the rest of the tour.

Converge (band) American hardcore punk band

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Integrity (band) band

Integrity is a hardcore punk band originally founded in 1988 by vocalist, musician, lyricist and visual artist, Dwid Hellion. Integrity relocated to Belgium in 2004.

Code Orange Kids announced they signed to Deathwish Inc. in January 2012. At the time of their signing, the average age among band members was 18 years old. [9] In April 2012, the band released a split EP with Full of Hell through Topshelf Records. [10] A Max Moore-directed music video for the song "V (My Body Is A Well)" from the EP was also released. [11] Code Orange Kids toured North America with Touché Amoré, Defeater and Birds in Row in April 2012, [12] and toured Europe in July 2012. [13]

Deathwish Inc.

Deathwish, Inc. is an independent record label founded by Jacob Bannon of Converge and Tre McCarthy. The idea of the label was conceived by Bannon and McCarthy in 2000. Their first release was Deeper the Wound, a split album between Converge and Japanese band Hellchild on April 23, 2001. Deathwish established itself quickly, working with a diverse group of bands and eventually becoming one of the most respected and innovative labels in contemporary hardcore punk and aggressive music in general.

<i>Full of Hell / Code Orange Kids</i> 2012 EP (split) by Full of Hell and Code Orange Kids

Full of Hell / Code Orange Kids is a split EP between the American hardcore bands Full of Hell and Code Orange Kids. The album was released on April 17, 2012 through Topshelf Records. Both bands toured together later in 2012, and Code Orange Kids released a music video directed by Max Moore for the track "V " that featured live footage recorded from the band's performance at a Louisville, Kentucky house show mixed with shots of "anthropomorphic Evil Dead-like tree branches."

Touché Amoré American post-hardcore band

Touché Amoré is an American post-hardcore band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2007. The band consists of vocalist Jeremy Bolm, guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, bassist Tyler Kirby, and drummer Elliot Babin. Among other releases, they have released five studio albums: ...To the Beat of a Dead Horse in 2009, Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me in 2011, Is Survived By in 2013, Stage Four in 2016, and Dead Horse X in August 2019. The last album is a complete re-recording of the first.

Love Is Love/Return to Dust (2012–2013)

Code Orange Kids released their debut album, Love Is Love/Return to Dust , in October 2012 through Deathwish. [14] The album was recorded in June 2012 with Kurt Ballou of Converge at his own GodCity studio. [15] Commenting on getting to work with Ballou, drummer Jami Morgan said, "Kurt has made tons of our favorite records and we respect him as an engineer and musician immensely, as many others do." [13] The album's release was preceded by a music video for the song "Flowermouth (The Leech)" in October 2012. [16]

<i>Love Is Love/Return to Dust</i> 2012 studio album by Code Orange Kids

Love Is Love/Return to Dust is the debut album by the American hardcore punk band Code Orange Kids. The album was released on November 20, 2012 through Deathwish Inc. A music video for the song "Flowermouth " was released in October 2012.

Kurt Ballou American rock guitarist

Kurt Ballou is an American musician and producer based in Massachusetts, best known as the guitarist for metalcore band Converge and for his prolific recording and production work at his own GodCity Studio.

The band began touring in support Love Is Love/Return to Dust with a short Canadian tour with Bane in October 2012 [17] followed by a North American tour with Gaza and Full of Hell from November through December 2012. [18] On this tour, the band was robbed of over US$10,000 worth of belongings in New Orleans, Louisiana. [19] In February/March 2013, Code Orange Kids toured the U.S. with H2O and Terror; [20] with Circle Takes the Square and Full of Hell in Europe in July/August 2013; [21] with Terror and Fucked Up in North America in October 2013; [22] and with Every Time I Die and Letlive in November/December 2013. [23]

Bane (band) band

Bane was an American hardcore punk band that began in 1995 as a side project between Aaron Dalbec and Damon Bellardo. Dalbec approached Matt Firestone to sing and they played under the moniker of Gateway for a few shows, before Firestone parted ways to focus on other projects. Dalbec then approached Aaron Bedard about singing for Bane. They went into the studio in December 1995 with a few friends and released a five-song demo. The next year saw the release of their first EP, and many shows throughout central Massachusetts. In early 1997, Bane released Free to Think, Free to Be EP, and in 1998 the band released the Holding This Moment 7" and CD collection, and embarked upon their first US tour. Like many other hardcore bands, Bane are known for their promotion of tolerance and unity within the scene.

Gaza was an American extreme metal band from Salt Lake City, Utah.

Full of Hell (band) American grindcore band

Full of Hell is an American grindcore band from Ocean City, Maryland and Central Pennsylvania, formed in 2009. They are currently signed to Relapse Records. They have released 4 studio albums – Roots of Earth Are Consuming My Home (2011), Rudiments of Mutilation (2013), Trumpeting Ecstasy (2017), and Weeping Choir (2019) – as well as 3 full-length collaborations – Full of Hell & Merzbow (2014) with Japanese noise artist Merzbow and One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache (2016) and Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (2017) with sludge metal band the Body – aside from numerous EPs and splits.

Name change and I Am King (2014–2015)

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Eric Balderose in 2017

Recording for Code Orange Kids' second studio album began in February 2014 with Kurt Ballou. Speaking on the sound of the new album, Morgan said it would mark "a very new era for our band," and that, "It's different. A lot of the heavier parts are heavier and sometimes more obvious. A lot of the odd parts are weirder and a little more anti-social. Things are a lot more blended together." [24] On June 5, 2014 the band announced that it was changing its name from "Code Orange Kids" to "Code Orange," and will be releasing its sophomore album titled I Am King on September 2, 2014. [2] Three months before the release of the album, the band released a music video for the title track, "I Am King," in June 2014 [25] followed by an online stream of "My World" in July 2014 [26] and a music video for "Dreams in Inertia" in August 2014. [27]

Code Orange's first tour in support of I Am King was a six-date stint with Killswitch Engage surrounding the band's participation in This is Hardcore Festival 2014 in July/August 2014, followed by a North American co-headlining tour with Twitching Tongues in September and October. [26] They also appeared on 2015's Mayhem Festival, and toured the U.S. from June to August. [28]

Forever (2016–present)

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Joe Goldman in 2017

In April 2016, Code Orange signed to Roadrunner Records for their third studio album, tentatively due out in late 2016. Leading up to the new album's release, the band toured the U.S. with Deftones in May 2016 and performed sporadic mid-year festival dates, including This Is Hardcore in August. [29] [30] In October 2016, the band released a new single, "Forever." It was revealed to be the title track to their third album, Forever , which was then set for release in early 2017. Two further promotional singles, "Kill the Creator" and "Bleeding in the Blur," were released in January 2017 prior to the album's official release date of January 13.

In support of the album, the band began touring as a five-piece. Dominic Landolina - who also played lead guitar in Adventures alongside Meyers, Morgan and Goldman - was brought in as a touring guitarist. He was featured in the band's music video for "Bleeding in the Blur," officially making him a full-time member of the band.

In August 2017, "Bleeding in the Blur" was announced as one of the official theme songs for NXT's NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III event. At the event, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Code Orange were the first band to ever play live at an NXT show. They opened the event with a performance of "Bleeding in the Blur," before later performing a live version of Aleister Black's entrance music, "Root of All Evil," with Incendiary vocalist Brendan Garrone; who appears on the original version of the song. The band played Black to the ring for his match with Hideo Itami. [31]

Code Orange released a new single, "Only One Way", on February 8, 2018, through the Adult Swim Singles Program. They followed it with a remix by guitarist Eric "Shade" Balderose called "only1 (the hard way)". [32]

On June 21, 2018, the band released a 3-track EP, The Hurt Will Go On. Along with the remix of "Only One Way," the EP also featured two brand-new tracks: "3 Knives" and "The Hunt," which features guest vocalist Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour. [33]

During WWE's pay-per-view SummerSlam in August 2019, professional wrestler Bray Wyatt, while in his Fiend persona, premiered new entrance music performed by Code Orange. The song, "Let Me In," is a re-imagining of Mark Crozer's song "Live in Fear," which was Wyatt's old theme before being leaving WWE programming in November 2018 and creating a new version of his character. [34]

Musical style and influences

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Dominic Landolina in 2017

Code Orange has been considered metalcore, [35] [36] [37] hardcore punk, [38] [39] [40] metallic hardcore, [41] beatdown hardcore [42] and sludge metal. [43] Since formation, the band's punk style has gradually grown more abrasive and heavy metal-influenced, moving into metalcore territory by the release of their 2012 debut album Love Is Love/Return to Dust . [44] In a review of their 2014 sophomore album I Am King , Ryan Bray of Consequence of Sound placed them within the "American metalcore underground" and noted that their music stood out in exhibiting influences not just from hardcore and metal but also from indie rock, post-punk and shoegaze. [45] In 2015, Brian Leak of Alternative Press celebrated Code Orange as being "at the top of their game, not to mention the hardcore scene". [46] In reference to their 2017 third album Forever , Lars Gotrich of All Songs Considered described their style as "nightmarishly chaotic hardcore", stating that "there's always been an experimental underpinning to Code Orange that toys with noise and melody (and some '90s grunge)." [47] The band has also used elements of electronica, industrial, groove metal, and hip hop. [48] They cite Hatebreed, Converge, Nine Inch Nails, and Earth Crisis as influences. [49] [50]

Members

Timeline
Code Orange (band)

Discography

Studio albums

EPs

Other releases

Music videos

Accolades

Loudwire Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017ForeverMetal Album of the YearNominated

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2018ForeverBest Metal PerformanceNominated

Golden Gods Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2018Code OrangeBreakthroughWon

Kerrang! Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2018 Code OrangeBest International BreakthroughWon

Footnotes

  1. The band formed in 2008 under the name "Code Orange Kids" and kept this name until 2014 when they shortened it to "Code Orange" during the promotion of their second studio album I Am King. [2] This change might not be permanent, however. They inspired Gunslinger (Band) As Decibel writer Shawn Macomber puts it, "Code Orange dropped 'Kids' from the moniker basically on a whim—it might return; it might not—to prove nothing is static, nothing is sacred in its world." [3]

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