Oranger
"New Comes and Goes"

(Eenie Meenie Records 2005)Oranger - New Comes and Goes

If Oranger has anything to say about it, riff ready guitar indie rock is going to be making a comeback. The band's fourth full-length release, "New Comes and Goes," is an amalgamation of 90s indie rock bands like Sonic Youth and the Pixies and 60s trend setters like the Velvet Underground. Oranger's vocals, provided by guitar player Mike Drake, are an appropriately equal blend of Thurston Moore and Lou Reed. The band's resulting sound is a carefully tweaked 90s throwback that is more than a hint nostalgic.

Light guitar melodies carry "Crooked in the Weird of the Catacombs" and the robotic syncopation of "New Comes and Goes." Elsewhere "Sukiyaki" pounds like the Velvet's "I'm Waiting For The Man" while "Garden Party for the Murder Pride" squeaks and fidgets in a quirky bubble gum sort of way as keyboards on the darker sounding "Outtatoch" remind of the Dandy Warhols. Oranger put an easy swing in their step with "Haeter" before outer space effects fade into the upbeat charge of "Light Machine."

Oranger make "New Comes and Goes" as straightforward as possible. The band are giving all their secrets away, wearing them plainly on their sleeves without a care or second thought. Partially a pop rock album and partially an obviously attempt at indie rock credibility, Oranger just can not seem to make up their minds.

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