Code Orange may be quarantined at home like the rest of it, but they’re not doing it quietly. Instead, the Pittsburgh-based heavy-music trailblazers have placed themselves at the cutting edge of music livestreaming. First, on March 14th, Code Orange teamed with Twitch for the innovative livestream concert film LAST ONES LEFT: in fear of the end, which intercut performance footage with cinematic imagery and drew nearly 13,000 concurrent viewers while trending Top 15 on Twitter in the U.S. The show was played inside a mostly empty hometown venue due to COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions and marked the quintet’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 standouts off the band’s latest full-length, Underneath.
The success of that event inspired Code Orange to launch “YOU AND YOU ALONE: a livestream series,” which kicked off March 30th on the band’s Twitch channel with an improvised performance/visual experience from the band’s electronics/synth guru 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.”) That was followed on, April 13th, by a guitar clinic and playthrough Q&A from Code Orange’s Reba Meyers, and then an entry titled “b e h i n d t h e g l a s s” comprised of a conceptual conversation with Morgan and Balderose about the artwork for Underneath. Next up us is virtual performance dubbed “g o l d m a n x m u d m a n in the c o l d. m e t a l. p l a c e” that’s set to feature bassist Joe Goldman and their new drummer (known as mudman) delivering a playthrough of songs from the album. Tune in to Code Orange’s Twitch channel on Monday, May 11th at 8 p.m. ET to catch it.
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