Oranj Son have released stunning new material, full of passion and a killer beat, their tunes are set to put them apart from their contemporaries. Matt Mead catches up with the Keiran from the band for an exclusive interview.
Oranj Son are building a nice following with support from national press and radio. Their curiously spelt name hints at their twisted and brilliant music – a tripped out take on wonky psychedelic, gritty northern Fall style grooves and laced with great melodies.
Drawing influences from the likes of New Order, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Air, Suicide and The Teardrop Explodes. Described by Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 as ‘absolute perfection’, they continue to develop their unique synth-pop-punk sound in amidst the Liverpool music scene.
Oranj Son’s next live gig is at Liverpool Sound City, the Label Recordings Stage Saturday 5th May.
Interview with Kieran:
Can you please let me know the first music you listened to?
You’re Gorgeous by Babybird. It’d just come out around the time I was born and my Dad (as well as the rest of the country) couldn’t stop singing that song. Ugly Beautiful is a brilliant album. Still one of my favourites.
What was the first serious music you listened to?
My parents took Me and our Matt to see Simon & Garfunkel when we were little kids. That kind of set the bar I suppose. A few years later, Morrissey returned with You Are The Quarry and I became an unapologetically obsessed 10 year old.
How did you first get into playing music?
I stopped trying to be a footballer.
How did Oranj Son meet?
It’s been me and Matt as a constant in the band. I met him when I was 1. The lineup has changed a bit over the last couple of years.
How long has the band been together?
Oranj Son is 3 years old.
Who are your influences and why?
Our lists are as long as our limbs, but as a band we meet in the middle with artists like David Byrne, LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead, Scott Walker, R.E.M and Air. Sonically we resonate with The Mary Chain for their melodic cacophony, Lou Reed for his beauty in simplicity and the Bunnymen for their energy. Andy Kaufman is an important figure for me personally. Breaking the 4th wall is fun.
Are you playing a tour this year?
In the summer, yes.
What do you hope to achieve as a band?
A perpetual state of musiking…. and maybe make it big in mainland China.
All words by Matt Mead. You can find more of Matt’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive.