The ‘Speed Orange’ story began amidst the heady rush of mid-nineties swinging London. In those days ‘Speed Orange’ was the collective name for a ragged bunch of filmmakers, guerilla musicians and artists tearing up the English capital like they owned the place.
At the turn of the century, the now lead singer Tony Jackson made a bold move, he put aside his well worn film camera and picked up a guitar, kick-starting a journey that would see him jettison the UK and head south for the rock ‘n’ roll capital of Australia… Melbourne.
Touching down in OZ, the dust didn't have time to settle before Jackson was face to face with the three Swash-buckling troubadours that would ultimately become…
The infamous ‘Speed Orange’
Aaron D’Arcy - Tickling the keys and troubling the six strings.
Ben Roberts - whacking the skins and warbling like a choir of virgins.
Andy Steward - Blinding the bass and burning the sixer.
It had all come down to this moment, a sun-burnt country, four men, all outlaws if you will, together on a single mission… To release the melodies trapped deep in the rubble of their minds.
Whiskey bottles, broken hearts and shattered dreams littered the path as they recorded their debut long player “The Virgin of Guadalupe”
(Named after the patron Saint of México City “The Virgin of Guadalupe” is thought to come to the aid of souls in deep trouble. Legend has it that 'Speed Orange' were visited by the Virgin after a disastrous soundcheck for a gig in México City, Nov 2004… The gig itself went really well.)
Beneath the albums deicevingly upbeat melodies the torture of lost love whistles away like a tormented temptress. Introspective, personal, yet at times downright flirty, the stories told in these twelve songs take you on a journey from despair to hope and back again.
But where it all makes sense, where it all comes together, is the live arena. Its here that 'Speed Orange' have earned their reputation as wanted men.
With spit and fire they play even the most gentle song like it’s a life or death situation, and that’s because for them… It is.
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