Wild Sweet Orange, who hail from Alabama, have been catching a lot of buzz from the critics and fellow music bloggers since their 2007 'Whale' EP came out. The pleasantly surprising part of that is, that Wild Sweet Orange are not your A-typical blogged about flavor of the moment hipster band. The group draws more on classic americana based roots and rock n' roll for inspiration, which is sort of a forgotten and often overlooked genre in today's music world, and half the reason why this blog was created in the first place.
WSO is out now with We Have Cause to be Uneasy , their debut full length, which was recorded over the past two years and was produced by Mike McCarthy who has worked with Spoon and Patty Griffin. A big chunk of that time saw the group honing it's craft and sound out on the road supporting bands like Counting Crows, and fellow southern boys, the Whigs. Listening through to 'We Have Cause To Be Uneasy' shows the band to be particularly tight and in sync as a unit, maybe in part to the time spent playing out, but also due to the fact that the core of the group, singer Preston Lovinggood along with bass player Garrett Kelly and drummer Chip Kilpatrick, have known each other since elementary school. The group can shift from quiet to loud on the new record, and bring a building intensity to most of the tracks, perfect examples of which are, "Tilt", "Crickets" and "Either/Or", the latter of which closes with an exploding finish. The band is equally strong in it's softer moments too, whether it's the dysfunctional youth of "Sour Milk" or on the closer "Land Of No Return", which could be the strongest song on the album.
Singer Preston Lovinggood say's of the new album...."We've put all of ourselves into this record. We've given it our all and I think it's a great picture of our life."
In addition to the new record coming out the band has recently appeared on the Late Show w/ David Letterman, along with recording a recent session with Daytrotter. They can currently be seen out on tour, to check dates or listen to Wild Sweet Orange you can visit their myspace.