My old band Campion, played a show in Evansville, Indiana in 1999 or 2000, somewhere in there. The guy that set the show up came up to me as we got out of our van and said that it looked like there would be a good turnout and he was really excited that the guys from Mock Orange were there to see the show. I had never heard of them, but he seemed really excited they were there, so I figured I should see what they were all about.
I ordered Nines and Sixes (Lobster Records) from Al at Co-op Records in Rock Island. You know, back in the day when you went to record stores to special order your stuff that was too unknown for them to carry. I was hooked on this cd immediately. I’ve never seen them play live. I really don’t know anything about them, but this cd is probably in my top 5 most played cd’s.
I’ve never been good at describing music. It’s a great slice of that mid to late 90’s emo with cruchy guitars and disonant sounding chords without going down the emo-core (90’s definition) road. There is a pretty equal mix between that sound and the interesting picking type stuff and their perfectly placed vocal harmonies bring it all together.
What always stood out most to me with Mock Orange is the amazing drumming. I have no idea if they still have the same drummer. I consider this to be probably the most creative and interesting drumming I’ve ever heard. I am well aware there are probably better drummers out there, but this guy’s style has always grabbed me. I’ve always felt that with Mock Orange, the drums play a larger role in the music than most bands allow. Take one listen to “Let it show” and you will see what I mean.
* Does it show
* Drinking Song
* All you have