[Over these last few days of 2010, we'll be presenting our favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1, one track a day. Today, we take an in-depth look at song No. 6 on the list -- and, please, feel free to click after the jump to watch its accompanying music video. Also after the jump, check out songs Nos. 50-7 in the Top 50 list that will update as it grows...]
But an orban? Who knows.
And maybe that's fitting. The Orbans, after all, are pretty tough to define themselves. By infusing pop, country, alt-country and rock into their broad instrumentation, they're a band that's fairly difficult to define. Even the band would agree -- although its members are pretty sure about what they aren't. And that would be? Anything country-related, they say.
Which, indeed, is the band denying the easiest classification thrown their way -- not unlike the Old 97's before them.
Not bad company to keep. And, actually, intentional or not, there's a lot of Old 97's in The Orbans' sound.
Which is to say that The Orbans are a band that just writes songs and worries about them being good rather than how they fit into their catalog.
And, boy, do they write good songs. The Orbans' June-released debut, When We Were Wild, is as strong a front-to-back album as was released by any act in the region in 2010. And none are better than "Like a Liar."
Showcasing frontman Peter Black's compelling vocals and near-perfect pop-rock songwriting, "Like A Liar," which finds the rest of the band smartly playing within themselves and inside the lines, is, by far actually, the best pop-rock song to come from the region this year -- and maybe even the past five.
Credit Black's impossibly memorable refrain for that much. After just one listen, his deliberately delivered accusation, "You're a liar," unrelentingly snags its claws in your mind -- and threatens to maybe never release its grasp.
But who would want it to?
And that's the point. Classify them as pop, rock, country, alt-country or, well, however you wish. Whichever you decide upon, it doesn't change this unavoidable truth: The Orbans' songs are undeniably good.
The Top 50 Local Songs of 2010 (Links to music videos and free song downloads available where applicable; links to streams where neither a download nor video exists.)
50. Dear Human - "Waiting"
49. Nervous Curtains - "All Yesterday's Parties"
48. Spector 45 - "Try Try Try"
47. Smile Smile - "Beg You To Stay"
46. Robert Gomez - "A Natural State"
45. Florene - "Parc Bitch"
44. Mount Righteous - "Eat Your Wife and Kiss The Barbecue"
43. The Strange Boys - "Be Brave"
42. Soft Environmental Collapse - "A Horse & Buggy Complex"
41. Deepspace5 - "Killing With Kindness"
40. Sextape -- "Lubricated Intimacy"
39. Museum Creatures - "Song ABC"
38. Ocelot - "Beating Hears"
37. Sir Silky - "The Squeeze (The Answer)"
36. Bone - "Homegurl"
35. Ishi - "Come Closer"
34. Hoyotoho - "Born Black"
33. Dorrough - "Get Big"
32. Katie Carroll - "Paper Girl"
31. Final Club - "Ruded"
30. Treal Lee & Prince Rick - "Throwed Off (Fuck Errbody)"
29. South San Gabriel - "All Night Long"
28. The Rocket Summer - "Walls"
27. Darktown Strutters - "Lucifer Rising"
26. School of Seven Bells - "Windstorm"
25. Damaged Good$ - "WEHATEDAMAGEDGOOD$TOO"
24. The Burning Hotels - "Austin's Birthday"
23. Doug Burr - "At The Public Dance"
22. The Flowers of God
21. Dondria -- "You're The One"
20. Sundress - "Locust"
19. Blixaboy - "Lion Eyes (featuring Emil Rapstine)"
18. A.Dd+ feat. Brown of Sore Losers - "Likeamug"
17. The Secret Handshake - "Every Single Time"
16. Lalagray - "The Hard Part"
15. Sore Losers - "Free Loaders"
14. Leg Sweeper - "Sexy Weekend"
13. Midlake - "Rulers, Ruling All Things"
12. Ryan Thomas Becker - "So Speak"
11. Analog Rebellion - "You've Been Had (Machine)"
10. Mind Spiders -- "Worlds Destroyed"
9. Kimberly -- "Sociopath"
8. Old 97's -- "The Magician"
7. The Beaten Sea -- "Doctor's Not Gonna Cure Our Ills"
6. The Orbans -- "Like a Liar"
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