Dirty Orange – ‘Hellraiser’ – MAM Song of the Week

Song Of The Week
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A track inspired by rock’n’roll legend Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead, Hellraiser packs a punch from the start, drawing the listener in with a rapidly building opening section of guitar licks and thumping bass.

After a fast start, the track slows slightly and finds its rhythm, winding its way through the first verse which is driven by frontman George Wilkins fuzzy and intimidating vocal.

The song picks up speed into the chorus and continues to build before a screeching guitar bend signifies the start of a monumental lead break, a fitting homage to Motörhead.

Dirty Orange is a band finding their own sound; they draw influence from some of rock ’n’ rolls greatest bands of years gone by and add their own modern twist to create a powerful, exciting indie-rock sound.

Lashings of 1970s-flavoured rock’n’roll shine through, and a Stooges-vibe is joined by elements of newer age indie ala The Strokes. Hellraiser was produced by Wolsey White, the man behind Hard Fi’s two UK number one albums.

George Wilkins, frontman of Dirty Orange, says: “To put it plainly, the song was inspired by the late great Lemmy Kilmister and his fans. To me, he epitomises ‘Hellraiser’, a live by your own limits attitude, yet without glamorising it. He’s as truer Rockstar as you’ll find and was a huge character. The music scene is a much lesser place without him.”

Dirty Orange play a four-date UK tour in support of the release. Leeds & London both sold out, with Manchester and Birmingham still to come. Tickets are available via See Tickets & Skiddle.

Feb
08 – Leeds, Verve – sold out
23 – London, Water Rats – sold out

Mar
09 – Manchester, The Castle
23 – Birmingham, The Victoria

Featured image by Simon Bohrsmann