Code Orange

Philly Hardcore Shows Presents : The New Reality Tour

Code Orange

Ghostemane, Twitching Tongues, Vein, Kaonashi

Sun, June 24, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

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Code Orange
Code Orange
Nothing lasts forever. All things decay, all things change. The mightiest empires crumble to dust as their kings bleed. Forever, it would seem, is unobtainable.

Code Orange, with their new studio album, seek to obtain the unobtainable; pushing against every boundary, shedding every label. The band has grown immensely, and yet still retains the distinct edge and harshness that has become their caustic calling card. Ever defiant, Code Orange breaks any mold and refuses to be easily defined.

Recorded with producers Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA and Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, MA, FOREVER is an album without limits. Jami Morgan (Drums / Vocals), Eric Balderose (Guitar / Vocals), Reba Meyers (Guitar / Vocals) and Joe Goldman (Bass) pushed themselves to create something wholly unique and startling. “We don’t just jam out and make an album. It’s meticulous. It’s hard. It’s a lot of hours. It’s a lot of frustration,” Morgan remarked of the experience. “It took a lot of effort, but we wanted to create something that, when I put it on my headphones, I just knew. There was no doubt that this was it. If there was doubt, we’d scrap it and we’d do it again. It was tough getting it all to fit together, but when it did it was beautiful.”

The easy route would have been for Code Orange to simply make another record like their 2014 breakthrough, I AM KING. It would have been easy to just enter the studio and churn out the same old thing, but for Code Orange, easy is never an option. “We aren’t just making records to make records. When you start doing that, you’re everyone else,” Morgan said. “We’re built on not doing the same old shit. When you put on a Code Orange record, you don’t know what you’re gonna get. You know it’s gonna be painful, that’s it.”

The contrast between beauty and pain is prevalent throughout FOREVER. The album’s title track is a sludge-fueled nightmare that pummels the listener; it’s Code Orange at their heaviest. Moments later, melody and hints of gracefulness enter with Meyers’ striking vocals on the song “Bleeding in the Blur,” only to be ripped away a track later during the electronic hellscape of “The Mud.” FOREVER is consistent only in its willingness to change and shift.

“We just take it further, but keep it brief,” Morgan stated of the record’s more transcendent moments. Beauty and grace leak through, but are crushed under the weight of the band’s sonic assault. “We want to keep it painful, because we’re not post. We’re not post anything. We’re current. We’re now.”

Of the new album, Rolling Stone said, “FOREVER captures some of the most punishing noise the band has recorded to date, featuring songs rife with sudden transitions to still-harsher textures.” The Nerdist added, “There’s growth here, for sure, but that unmistakable Code Orange sound is still present and pounding you into submission.”

Nothing lasts forever, so Code Orange is content to live in the moment. All they want is to challenge themselves and those around them. To push every button they can. To cause some mayhem and see some blood.

“For us, it’s about reinforcing that we are the four. We’re Code Orange,” Morgan declared. “We’ve been Code Orange since we were fourteen years old.”
Ghostemane
Ghostemane
Rapper and producer known for fusing together hip hop and metal genres for hit songs such as "John Dee," "Venom," and "Kybalion." He's also a member of Schemaposse, Seven Serpents and Nemesis.
Born: April 15, 1991 - Lake Worth, FL.
Twitching Tongues
Twitching Tongues
Though their sound has evolved dramatically since their inception, Twitching Tongues was born of LA’s hardcore scene in 2009. Formed by brothers Colin Young (vocals) and Taylor Young (guitar/vocals) alongside drummer Michael Cesario and bassist Keith Paull, the unit slowly established their reputation locally, embracing the DIY ethic. With their 2010 demo already circulating, their first official release, I & I (Insane & Inhumane) 7”, arrived in 2011, and by the time of July that year rolled around they were touring the US twice annually, also embarking on their first European tour.

Their debut full-length Sleep Therapy was a somewhat bluesier affair than initially intended, and while increasing their profile lacked the grit of the records that followed. Though tracked in 2010, it was not officially released until March of 2012, and it had been circulating on the internet for several months prior to release. Following that was their Preacher Man 7” EP, and their sophomore full-length, 2013’s In Love There Is No Law, where the band’s sound evolved into something that more substantially separated them from their peers. It was during this era that the band experienced their first substantial lineup change, with bassist Paull replaced by Kyle Thomas and second guitarist Leo Orozco also added to their ranks. Taking a darker, harder direction though also inherently melodic, this collection of songs featured a broader spectrum of dynamics, making them a far more unique - and hard to classify - proposition. This sound firmly established Twitching Tongues and what they were about, though not quite fitting in anywhere also made other bands hesitant to take them on the road, leading them to headline constantly. Regardless, through the strength of the record, combined with ever-spreading word of mouth concerning their live shows and an intense touring schedule their fan base continued to grow. This lineup recorded the band’s third full-length, Disharmony (2015), the most ambitious album they had released at that point. Evolving even further from their origins, the unit further upped the aggression and embraced a variety of styles, and vocalist Young delivered the most frank lyrics of his career. While this drew new fans to the band and met with many favorable reviews, it also served to alienate a proportion of their followers, the members having correctly anticipated that it would have a somewhat polarizing effect on those that had connected with their earlier output, though it remains a record of which the Young brothers remain proud.

However, the album also had an inner-polarizing effect, and following the release of Disharmony, Thomas, Orozco and founding member Cesario exited the band to pursue other projects. While this potentially placed Twitching Tongues’ future in jeopardy, Colin and Taylor Young remained intent to move forward, and they went about recruiting drummer Cayle Sain, bassist Alec Faber, and guitarist Sean Martin. With this revamped lineup, the band entered into the writing process for their fourth full-length, Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred. The title, drawn from a quote by famed social philosopher Eric Hoffer - ‘Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life’ - reflects the band’s mentality in approaching the record: paying homage to those who supported them while belligerently responding to their detractors. With ‘failure’ as a core theme driving Colin Young’s lyrics, it also features his first foray into the political arena, motivated by the contemporary political climate to speak his mind. Directly inspired by film scores, the record has a strong epic feel, the band realizing their vision of having the music flow like a story being told. With interconnected parts, musical references and callbacks in each song, everything is tied together in a manner unlike any of their previous releases. At the same time, while maintaining the same levels of hardness and aggression that has characterized their later work, it features much more immediate and memorable melodies, which evoke the sound of In Love There Is No Law yet at the same time feel fresh and new.

Having rounded out 2017 on tour with the likes of Hatebreed, Dying Fetus and previous tour mates Code Orange, in 2018 they will be touring directly in support of Gaining Purpose Through Passionate Hatred.
Vein
Vein
Experimental hardcore band from Boston, MA.
Kaonashi
Kaonashi
Kaonashi is a progressive hardcore band out of Philadelphia, PA. Our sound reflects the mood and our lyrics set it down in stone. Angry or sad, just feel with us.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123