When the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe, shutting down the live music industry in its wake, just as Code Orange were releasing their highly anticipated new album, Underneath, the fast-rising heavy-music trailblazers could have been defeated. They could have hung their heads and felt sorry for themselves. Instead, the blue-collar Pittsburgh band has adapted to our strange new world and seized it by the horns.
Last night, in just the latest example of their resilience, Code Orange performed on WWE’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House, tearing through the title track off their latest LP, with newly minted frontman Jami Morgan and founding guitarist Reba Meyers trading off vocals amid dramatic smoke and blue lights. The group has a long history with the WWE, having previously played at 2017’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and, in 2019, recording a new version of wrestler Bray Wyatt’s entrance theme.
Code Orange’s latest WWE appearance comes amid their ongoing “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 mastermind Eric “Shade” Balderose. The series has since seen guitarist Reba Meyers host a guitar clinic and playthrough Q&A, Morgan and Shade break down the visual art for Underneath, bassist Joe Goldman and new drummer Mudman play through the album and more.
You can order Underneath now, and also check out all kinds of other cool Code Orange stuff, right here — plus, check out picks for the band’s five most essential songs as part of our “Mandatory Metal” series.