Code Orange may be stuck at home like every other touring band, but they’re making the best of it. In particular, Pittsburgh heavy-music experimentalists have placed themselves at the cutting edge of music livestreaming. First, on March 14th, Code Orange teamed with Twitch for a revolutionary livestream concert film LAST ONES LEFT: in fear of the end, which ambitiously intercut performance footage with cinematic imagery and drew nearly 13,000 concurrent viewers while trending Top 15 on Twitter in the United States. The show — played inside a mostly empty venue due to COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions — also marked the group’s first concert with vocalist-drummer Jami Morgan stepping out from behind the kit and manning the mic as Code Orange’s frontman, as well as including the live debuts of numerous cuts off of the band’s new LP, Underneath.
Next, Code Orange launched the “YOU AND YOU ALONE: a livestream series.” It kicked off March 30th on the band’s Twitch channel with an improvised performance/visual experience from the band’s electronics/synth mastermind Eric “Shade” Balderose. (In addition to spearheading the electronic elements of Code Orange’s music, Shade is also instrumental in shaping the group’s visual output, and he animated and directed the band’s recently released video for the single “Sulfur Surrounding.”) Tonight, April 13th, comes the latest episode in which Code Orange’s Reba Meyers will host a guitar clinic and playthrough Q&A with fans. Future episodes of the livestream series will be announced shortly.
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