Orange 9mm "Driver Not Included" CDPosted on Friday, January 13th, 2006 @ 11:15am » permalink
Here's another one that's definitely way up there in terms of being one of the most frequently played CD's in my entire collection. Probably best known for being vocalist Chaka Malik's focus post-Burn, as he was the mainstay amongst almost constant lineup changes, Orange 9mm formed in the early-90's and released two EP's and three full-lengths before all was said and done sometime around late-1999/2000 or so – at which point the band sort of seemed to fizzle away.
"Driver Not Included" is the key essential classic amongst the band's output. I bought this shit the day it came out it's lingered around in my regular rotation for over a decade now – a flawless album on every level: Amazing lyrics, perfect production, exceptionally awesome songwriting, etc. In my mind this is one of the greatest post-hardcore releases of all time, and one that truly exemplifies all of the finest traits of the genre with its intensely rhythmic nature that's loaded with dissonant guitar textures that occasionally border on being noisy (but never uncontrolled). They took a little flak from some listeners due to the hip-hop influenced flow of some of the vocal arrangements, but in my opinion Orange 9mm handled those influences better than just about anyone could ever hope to, and while it was a distinct benefit in the end, it wasn't really as much a part of their core sound as some would have you believe. What can I say? A totally badass band, and I fucking worship this record. "Can't Decide" is probably one of my top 10 favorite songs… ever since I was a kid. You absolutely can't go wrong with this album.
Stand real close to me and do just like I do open your mind and cock the trigger back far pull it at the point where you feel most pain pull it at the point where you feel most alive I can't live life's so dirty we're so lost standing on the edge of our lives without a dime or a thought or a dream dizzy just crying to fall head over heels in love with something…
I guess this one's also officially out of print these days, but since there are so many inconceivably stupid people in the world you can benefit from their mental incapacities by finding the disc all over the place for less than a buck. Do yourself a favor and make the grab: