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Three-piece rock band The Orange Peels doesn’t just roll with the punches一 they take some shots at adversity themselves. 

Comprised of Allen Clapp (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Jill Pries (bass), and Gabriel Coan (drums, synthesizers), the trio was hit with waves of hardship over the last year. On top of the collective struggle with COVID-19, Clapp lost both of his parents and Pries lost her sister in a devastating car crash. As if that wasn’t enough, the band was evacuated from their Santa Cruz Mountains studio for a few months due to one of the worst wildfires in California’s recorded history. Any one of these events would justify a pause in creativity. 

But how The Orange Peels responded was overwhelmingly remarkable. They produced a double album titled Celebrate the Moments of Your Life. American Songwriter recently sat down with the band to dig into the album, exclusively premiering below. 

“By the end of the year, there was really nothing we could take for granted anymore: life, stuff, an address,” Clapp begins. With this reality, the band had enough and decided to do something about their situation. “[Creating this album] was a way to just say: ‘Ok, Life. You’re throwing all is at me? Fine. I’m gonna make a double album.’ It’s a way of fighting back,” Clapp says.

Celebrate the Moments of Your Life is a collection of 17 songs that push and pull on the boundaries of a pop song. The band toys with electronic music while strumming up soundscapes based on progressive rock, orchestral pop, and melodic rock. 

“Making stuff with Allen and Jill has always been really easy,” Coan states. “I think all three of us are equally comfortable leading and following, so we each just slide into whatever role seems right for the moment. We also don’t walk in with any rules or expectations. Even if you’re coming in with a formed idea, you still just let the others bring what they hear to it instinctively. Whatever their first reaction is going to be, is going to be the best stuff. And then your idea just got way better. It’s the perfect kind of creative partnership for me. It’s the most rewarding—and they make my shit sound good.”

“We just bash away at it until it’s right. And we’ll use whatever sound, instrument or production technique that will get us there,” Clapp chimes in.

The result of The Orange Peel’s specific approach to music, and more broadly in life, resulted in songs that sound just as unique as the band members themselves. Ahead of the release of Celebrate the Moments of Your Life, the band dropped several singles, including the most recent “Whenever.” The track sonically high steps through chords and resembles the work of famed rock band R.E.M.

Other tracks like “2×2” and “Birds Are Louder” also stand out to the band. 

“I really love the opening track, ‘2×2,’” Clapp says. “It’s basically a power trio play. It’s heavy in this really weird way. Almost like a brutalist pop song. Jill loves it so much that it kind of had to be song No. 1 on this monster album. Gabriel has one of the most brutal, Cro‒Magnon drum fills I’ve ever heard. Jill is holding it all together with this super insistent bassline. I get to play some freakishly punk‒prog lead guitar. It’s the sound of 3 people making music together with no expectations, no agenda. I freaking love that.”

Coan adds, “When I was listening to the masters and then the test pressings, I kept picking a new favorite every time. But I agree that there is something special about ‘2×2.’ When Jill said it had to be the opener, it was like, ‘Well of course it does.’ I also love that the opening lines of the album correspond with the cover art totally by happenstance. Yeah…it’s special.”

Pries then pivots to explain, “​​My favorite moment was the rest of the band being willing to support the bass player with an interesting idea. When I got inspiration while half asleep, everyone jumped in and backed me up. That idea became the foundation for ‘Birds are Louder.’”  

All together, these songs build and support each other to share a series of beautiful and painful experiences. The Orange Peels essentially peeled back their individual perspectives to communicate a broader sense of what it means to be all shades of human.

“I think sides A and B are maybe a little bit more immediate in their reaction to the circumstances of the past year. Sides C and D are a little more introspective and poetic,” Clapp says. “We’ve never put out a double album before, so sequencing it was challenging. Getting the feel right was crucial because we wanted it to hang together as a whole. It also had to tell a story of transformation. It had to say: ‘Here’s the way things used to be, and here’s the way things are now, and here’s all the other stuff that we’re still not sure about.’” 

Overall, Celebrate the Moments of Your Life is intense and The Orange Peels succeed in their outpouring of honest emotion. Clapp explains that the band joked about including a cigarette and match with the vinyl version of the album as a nod to their intensity. 

“But I actually think it would be difficult to have made a record over the past year and have it not be intense. Unless you were just doing the escapist thing. I mean, I’m over that,” Clapp continues. “I think at this point, we should be fining artists for ignoring what’s going on in the world around them. Kind of like a carbon tax for escapism. Especially some of the world’s most popular ones. If I had the ear of millions of listeners, I probably wouldn’t choose to put out album after album about my love life. Just think what we’d be missing out on if John Lennon or Marvin Gaye did that? We should expect more from art. We’re just trying to deliver.”

To wrap up our conversation, the band expresses hope for live shows soon and Coan left listeners with a neat bow of an album explanation. “Well, let’s it put this way: What began as a silly goof transformed into a totally sincere, devastatingly earnest sentiment through the course of making this record. So yeah. Metaphor. Somewhere. There. (And don’t sue us, you know who.)”

Listen to the exclusive premiere of Celebrate the Moments of Your Life below, until the album is officially released Friday, July 16th. 

Sours: https://americansongwriter.com/celebrate-the-moments-of-your-life-the-orange-peels-premiere/

The Orange Peels

American band

For other uses, see Orange Peel (disambiguation).

The Orange Peels

Gabriel Coan, Allen Clapp, and Jill Pries

Gabriel Coan, Allen Clapp, and Jill Pries

OriginRedwood City, California, United States
GenresIndie rock, pop rock, alternative country
Years active1994–present
LabelsMinty Fresh Records, spinART Records, Parasol Records
Associated actsAllen Clapp and his Orchestra, The Mummies, The Phantom Surfers, The Ocean Blue
Websitewww.theorangepeels.com
MembersAllen Clapp
Jill Pries
Gabriel Coan
Past membersLarry Winther
Maz Kattuah
Bob Vickers
John Moremen
Oed Ronne

The Orange Peels is an American rock band that has its roots in the international Indie-Pop and Indie-Rock movements of the 1990s. Over the course of seven albums, the group has extended its pop sensibilities beyond the borders of those genres to explore psychedelia, orchestral pop, progressive rock, and electronic music. It's a sound that has drawn comparisons to artists as varied as Todd Rundgren, Prefab Sprout, The Posies, Big Star, Yes, and R.E.M.[1][2][3][4][5]

Though the band's lineup has changed several times, founding members Allen Clapp and Jill Pries have been the nucleus.[1] Since the summer of 2019, the band has been a trio, made up of Clapp, Pries, and Gabriel Coan. The band wrapped production of a double album in late 2020 at its headquarters in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Slated for release in spring of 2021, three singles have been issued from the album: "Thank You" (2020), "Birds Are Louder" (2020), and "Give My Regards to Rufus (2021).[6][7]

History[edit]

Background, formation and Square (1994–1997)[edit]

In its early days, the group was an outgrowth of singer-songwriter Allen Clapp's fictional band Allen Clapp and his Orchestra, credited for Clapp's debut album One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain (The Bus Stop Label, 1994). Soon after the album's release, Clapp's high school friend Larry Winther reappeared after touring with garage-rock phenomenon The Mummies for four years. Clapp (guitar, vocals), Pries (bass), and Winther (drums) formed an energetic 3-piece in Redwood City, taking the fictional name from Clapp's first album. The orchestra played throughout the Bay Area and worked up new material for a second album, which they began recording at home on a four-track cassette recorder.

Soon after, music critic Jud Cost introduced Clapp to local producer Jeff Saltzman, who took on the task of engineering and producing the record in a double-wide mobile home in Campbell, California called Mysterious Cove Studios. Around this time, Maz Kattuah—Winther's bandmate from the Mummies—joined the orchestra on lead guitar. However, with the band's first recording session nearing, it was decided that Winther would be better on guitar, and Kattuah on the drums. The switch was made, but Kattuah's soon left the group due to an increasing tour schedule with The Phantom Surfers.

A session drummer, Bob Vickers, was hired for the initial recording sessions (Saltzman and Vickers had recorded under the name Cerebral Corps. in the early 1990s). The Santa Cruz drummer immediately clicked with the band, and he was soon asked to join as a member in 1995. As sessions progressed, the band received offers from several labels to release the recordings. The group signed with Chicago-based Minty Fresh Records in late 1996, but the label wanted the band to finish the album with a different producer.

Clapp and his cohort flew to Minneapolis in winter to finish the album with producer-engineer Bryan Hanna, recording several of the songs live in the studio. The renewed energy of the experience transformed the group into a band distinct from Allen Clapp and his Orchestra. They officially became The Orange Peels in the early months of 1997, and their debut album, Square, was released in the late summer of that year. The album received much critical acclaim, and was nominated for two California Music Awards; best debut album and best independent album.[8]

So Far (1998–2001)[edit]

After touring on its debut record was finished, Clapp built a modest home studio where the group embarked on the recording of its second album. Halfway through the sessions, Vickers left the group. San Francisco multi-instrumentalist John Moremen was asked to join, and the group continued playing live and recording until Winther left.

Sessions continued with the three remaining members until the rest of the album was completed. During this time, the band's headquarters moved from Redwood City to Sunnyvale, where Clapp and Pries had purchased an Eichler home. Just before the master tapes were due in Japan for release on Quattro Label, Winther and Vickers both returned with Winther on lead guitar and Vickers on either lead guitar or electric piano.

It was this lineup that toured on the release of So Far (spinART Records) in the early months of 2001. A blitz of media coverage ensued, with television appearances, radio interviews and shows. It culminated with the band being featured on the cover of the San Francisco Guardian.

Two songs, "So Far" and "The Pattern on the Wall" would go on to appear in the "Happy Birthday" episode of television show Felicity and the lead track, "Back in San Francisco" remains the band's most-downloaded song. Vickers again left soon after, reducing the band to its line up in version 4 of the group. This version of the group did considerable touring and led to a more straight-ahead rock presentation, which would be reflected on the songs being written for their third album. Just as home sessions were progressing, the group disintegrated with Winther and Moremen leaving after a tour of the East Coast.

Circling the Sun and 2020 (2002–2009)[edit]

Having already written most of the third album, Clapp and Pries decided to record the album with Bryan Hanna in Minneapolis. Joining them were multi-instrumentalist Oed Ronne and drummer Peter Anderson, both from The Ocean Blue. Hanna also drummed on the sessions. Ronne and Anderson had played with Clapp and Pries in late fall in New York on a tour for Clapp's second solo album, Available Light. They met at the Terrarium over Christmas and New Years 2002–2003 to record most of Circling the Sun.

Overdubs and a few new songs were completed later that year at the Sunnyvale studio with Ronne and with Vickers returning as a guest musician. In 2005, Parasol Records released Circling the Sun and the band embarked on West Coast and Midwest tours.[9] The band performed west coast shows with the B-52s, The Ocean Blue, Ivy, the Apples in stereo, and ABC during this period.

This version of the group wrapped production on its fourth album, 2020 in its Sunnyvale, California studio with guest appearances by Winther, Vickers, as well as John Moremen. In particular, the album's closing song, "Broken Wing," features as many as four lead guitar players, and the lead-off track "We're Gonna Make It," Features guitar melodies by Ronne and Winther. The album was released on Nov. 10, 2009 on Minty Fresh, before the lineup changed again.[10]

Sun Moon (2009–2013)[edit]

After 2020 was released, the lineup changed yet again, with Ronne bowing out. Rather than audition for a new lead guitarist, the Peels' long-time drummer, John Moremen, moved to lead guitar and the band began its search for a new drummer. Gabriel Coan was chosen after one audition, and the band went out over the next several months to tour the Northwest and Midwest on the material from 2020.

Amid the rehearsals, they also began recording new material, which eventually became the band's fifth album, Sun Moon (2013, Minty Fresh). The band funded the vinyl pressing through a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign.[11] Having written and recorded the material together at the Sunnyvale Eichler in a much more collaborative atmosphere, the live set took on the sound and feel of the sessions.[3] The band toured the East coast, the West coast and the Midwest.

Begin the Begone (2014–2015)[edit]

On the night of their last show on the Sun Moon tour, Jill and Allen were in a serious highway accident. Stopped in traffic, the two were hit by a drunk driver going 60 mph. Surviving the crash with no serious injuries, the two decided to fulfill a decade-long dream by relocating from Silicon Valley to the Santa Cruz Mountains. One last session was recorded at the Eichler, which spawned almost the entire song count for a new album.

After moving to a hexagonal house in Boulder Creek, California, in spring of 2014, the group reunited in the mountains to finish overdubs and mix the album. Begin the Begone continues in the compositional style of Sun Moon, where collaboration was key, but diverges in atmospherics, which play an important role in the sound of the album.[2]

Trespassing (2015–2018)[edit]

As "Begin the Begone" began to attract attention, the group was added to Matthew Sweet's 2015 summer tour of the midwest. Sweet subsequently asked Moremen to play on the sessions for his new album, Tomorrow Forever (2017). Meanwhile, Coan relocated to Philadelphia to work at WHYY. Clapp took the opportunity to record a solo EP, "Six Seasons" (2016). In winter 2016–17, the band began to gather demos and ideas for a new album. In March, 2017, they gathered at the new Boulder Creek headquarters with long-time collaborator Bryan Hanna at the production helm. The sessions were a departure for the band: Two tracks were recorded outdoors in the redwoods ("Dawn Tree" and "Running Away"), while others featured new textures from vintage synthesizers (a Hammond Aurora, a Yamaha CS-50, and a Crumar Orchestrator feature prominently in "Heart Gets Broken by the Song" and "Stealing Days").[12]

Celebrate the Moments of Your Life (2018–2021)[edit]

After the band parted ways with Moremen, the remaining members decided not to replace him, but to intentionally explore what they could do as a three-piece. Then trio returned to work on a new album in summer of 2019, tracking basic arrangements to analog tape with a newly acquired MCI 1/2-inch 4-track. Overdubs continued through 2019 until the album was almost finished. A final session was scheduled for March 2020 to tie up loose ends and finalize a running order. During the sessions, however, the world started going into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[7] The trio found themselves isolated in the remote studio while the outside world was rapidly changing. The circumstances inspired an outpouring of new ideas. By the time the session wrapped, the band had composed an entire new album of material. The decision was made to move forward with production of a double album with Bryan Hanna mixing, and Dave Gardner (Infrasonic Sound) mastering. Three singles have since been released. The album is expected in Spring 2021 on Minty Fresh. Fans also funded a re-issue of the band's debut album, "Square" in 2019, which was pressed to vinyl for the first time, and included 2 CDs of outtakes, alternate mixes, and demos.[13]

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Allen Clapp – vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizers (1994–present)
  • Jill Pries – bass guitar (1994–present)
  • Gabriel Coan – drums, synthesizers (2010–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Larry Winther – drums (1995), lead guitar (1995–2002)
  • Maz Kattuah – drums (1995)
  • Bob Vickers – drums, keyboards, guitar (1995–2009)
  • Oed Ronne – lead guitar (2002–2009)
  • John Moremen – drums (1999-2002), lead guitar (2009-2019)

Discography[edit]

Year Title Record label Notes
1997 SquareMinty Fresh RecordsProduced by Bryan Hanna, Allen Clapp, and Jeff Saltzman
2001 So FarspinART RecordsProduced by Allen Clapp
2005 Circling the SunParasol RecordsProduced by Bryan Hanna and The Orange Peels
2009 2020Minty Fresh Records [14][15] Produced by Allen Clapp
2013 Sun MoonMystery Lawn/Minty Fresh Records This album was produced with money raised in 2012, on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter.[11]
2015 Begin the BegoneMystery Lawn/Minty Fresh Records Produced by Allen Clapp and Gabriel Coan
2018 TrespassingMystery Lawn/Minty Fresh Records [16][12] Produced by Bryan Hanna, with Allen Clapp and Gabriel Coan
2020 Square³ Mystery Lawn/Minty Fresh Records Remastered, expanded re-issue of Square issued on vinyl and double-CD

Singles[edit]

  • "A Girl for All Seasons" with "The Pattern on the Wall" (1999) The Bus Stop Label
  • "Real You" (2010) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Aether Tide" (2011) Minty Fresh Records
  • "The Words Don't Work" (2013) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Grey Holiday," with "The Old Laughing Lady (2013) Minty Fresh Records
  • "9" (2014) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Running Away" (2018) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Stealing Days" (2018) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Thank You" (2020) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Birds Are Louder" (2020) Minty Fresh Records
  • "Give My Regards to Rufus" (2021) Minty Fresh Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ ab"Harrington: Orange Peels, the Sunnyvale indie-rock band, return with ambitious new album". The Mercury News. 2013-07-19. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. ^ abBegin the Begone - The Orange Peels | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-02-20
  3. ^ abChun, Kimberly (2013-05-15). "The Orange Peels: New layers of music". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  4. ^"Big_Takeover_Review_orange_peels". Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  5. ^"The Orange Peels: Sun Moon". PopMatters. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  6. ^"MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Orange Peels' "Birds Are Louder"". Magnet Magazine. 2020-11-19. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  7. ^ abCallwood, Brett (May 25, 2020). "The Orange Peels are celebrating the moments while recalling the Square". LA Weekly.
  8. ^"The Orange Peels | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  9. ^"The Orange Peels: Circling the Sun". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  10. ^2020 - The Orange Peels | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-02-20
  11. ^ ab"The Orange Peels: Sun Moon album launch!". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  12. ^ abBaine, Wallace (2018-04-25). "The Orange Peels go 'Trespassing'". Metroactive. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
  13. ^"The Orange Peels Trace the Evolution of a Song with "Something Strange Happens" (premiere)". PopMatters. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  14. ^"MP3 At 3PM: The Orange Peels". Magnet Magazine. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2018-12-23.
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Premiere: The Orange Peels Debuts New Video For “Whenever”

Celebrate The Moments In Your Life Is Out Now

Jul 30, 2021By Caleb CampbellPhotography by Nereida Dusten
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Earlier this month, long-running indie pop outfit The Orange Peels shared their first-ever double album, Celebrate The Moments In Your Life. In other hands, the album’s title could very well be an overly sentimental platitude, but for the band, it was a message of defiance. In the midst of writing the record, vocalist Allen Clapp lost both his mother and father and the band’s Santa Cruz recording studio was nearly lost in last year’s devastating wildfires. “You have to get used to the idea that you might be saying goodbye to everything you know,” says bassist Jill Pries. “That you might need to start over from scratch. And that’s probably a good way to think about our new album.”

The band turned, as so many did last year, to music, focusing on their new record. One of the album’s highlights came with “Whenever.” Now the band are back, following the record’s release with a new video for “Whenever,” premiering with Under the Radar.

Despite all the band had been contending with when the song came together, “Whenever” is relentlessly upbeat, finding the band searching for joy in the midst of change. Though elsewhere on the album life’s troubles weigh heavy on the band, here they hold the hope of untold opportunity. Over R.E.M.-esque jangly guitar lines, Clapp’s rapid-fire lyrics survey his new horizons and offer a warm hand of companionship for whatever changes life may bring. The accompanying video puts a personal touch to the song’s themes, following Clapp and Pries’ move from Los Angeles to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Clapp explains, “It’s an exit strategy masquerading as a pop song, written as an offer to Orange Peels bass player, Jill Pries: ‘If you wanna go, we’ll go. You just tell me when.’ I realized when I wrote it, we could really be blowing up our lives. But we had also been looking for a next chapter, and it was becoming clearer every day that it wasn’t going to happen in California. So this song was really an acknowledgment of everything that had been weighing on us for a while, and a fresh, upbeat take on taking a big risk and moving halfway around the world to the Virgin Islands.”

As for the video itself, it’s us carting ourselves and our 8 animals (7 cats and a dog) across country on an epic road trip, culminating in a flight on the ‘Pet Jet’ that got us from Miami to the Caribbean.”

Check out the song and video below. Celebrate The Moments In Your Life is out now.



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