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Orange Sunshine - Live At Freak Valley 2013

Orange Sunshine is a relatively new band from Netherlands but their sound is proudly anything but new. Taking their cues mainly from Blue Cheer, Stooges and MC5 along with a quirky dash of psychedelia and a production that is as 70’s as it’s (jokingly) said on the back cover, Orange Sunshine smoke when they hit their stride. If the world was any fair “Lonely Child”, album’s opener, would have been all over the radio by now. Well you’ve guessed it; world is, despite all the war mongering, far from heavens (makes you wonder doesn’t it??) but then again this song is just so damn memorable that will certainly make heads turn then twist before banging in unison. Elsewhere, “I’m a Man” is a classic R&B tune with nice touches of harp but doesn’t score highly on the novelty rate (partly as it stands as a Bo Diddley tribute). “Ain’t No Way” that follows straight after demonstrates again all the strong assets of the band. Nervous pace, dirty fuzzy guitar, vibrating bass, all wrapped under a voice that actually knows how to sing. “Gorilla” spring to mind as a more contemporary reference to Orange Sunshine ditties. The album gloriously closes with “Hey Mama”, which clocks fifteen minutes along with a psyched out drum solo and has “Cream” whipped all over it.

Overall this is a highly energetic album with loads of nice turns that will effortlessly nest on your player for a long time. I bet that the next one will be a pure stomper, as long as they don’t harness their sound on the way that is and fully catch their sound niche (motorwolf.nl)

It was like discovering one of this obscure late-60's heavy rock bands, when I listened for the first time to ORANGE SUNSHINE. A friend of mine had bought the vinyl-edition, and when he put the needle in the groove, I was blown away by the raw heaviness of this power-trio. At least, there was this outstanding cover-artwork, showing the band on the top of an old German tank and all that in 3-D! The singing drummer looks like Jesus, while the bassplayer is wearing a helmet of the German Wehrmacht. Of course, he and the cool-looking guitarist are wearing black sunglasses, too! On the back of the album-cover, I found the year of release: 1969. Well, the illusion was perfect! Some weeks later I found out, that this date was just a fake, but my opinion about ORANGE SUNSHINE remains the same: fucking brilliant! It's real amazing, how authentic this band has captured the spirit of early Blue Cheer and early Stooges. But that's not all here! They drenched this nasty bastard in a bath of hardest boogie and rock 'n' roll and injected a bit of Motor City Blues in it. I guess, you can imagine that "Home Erectus" sounds as vintage as possible, without being old-fashioned. It's an explosive record that's potent enough to blast your ass to kingdom come. While the first edition of the album has been released via Motorwolf Records, this is the Japanese 2005 edition on Leaf Hound Records, and the first 500 copies comes with shaped 3-D glasses. At least, I like to add that I've seen ORANGE SUNSHINE on this year's 10th Roadburn Festival, and it was one of best rock 'n' roll shows in my life! I'm startin' to sweat, when I remember this loud and nasty gig.....

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