Can call them country if you really want, but don't expectThe Orbans
to agree. The description might have fit better with these guys' past incarnations--as the Lifters and Thief--but even with a slide guitar and a banjo behind him, frontman Peter Black says no way is next month'sWhen We Were Wild
a country record.
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The four guys have been playing together for about two years in their current incarnation, but when they get together on June 18 at Lola's on 6th in Fort Worth, they'll be celebrating their first full-length release.
With a little help from the burgers and beer, we lured the Orbans to Oak Cliff last week for a live session and the requisite interview. Then we made bassist Cliff Wright man the grill. While the sun set, the burgers sizzled and something ominously rustled in the trees, the band recounted their time recording live in Austin, and the days they spent cooped up in a Los Angeles studio to get their 16-song production just right. You'll hear pieces of three of those tracks in the video above, plus the quiet number "Darlin My Dreams" in its entirety.