Peter Black’s voice is just as melodious over the phone as it is on his band’s first full-length album, When We Were Wild. Check out what he had to say about his Fort Worth-based band, The Orbans.
If you could tell me one thing about the band that no one ever asks – what would you want people to know?
No one ever asks, “are you guys all friends?” or anything like that. But yeah, it’s kind of weird, we don’t really argue. If there’s an argument, it takes about fifteen seconds to go away, and I think that’s one of the things that makes it easy to get around. I think that’s one of the exciting things about this project — making future records and being together.
Naturally, your band name cannot be found in the dictionary. What does it mean?
[Laughs] It’s been really fun with that name, a lot of people come to us with different meanings, saying, “I think it means this, is it this?” and they’re actually much more interesting then the way we arrived at it. There’s an old piece of audio gear in studios called Orban compressors. After about three weeks of thinking, we kept coming back to it. The funniest [story] that someone has come to us with is back in the medieval times, it was the name given to traveling magicians. We also get, “were you big Roy Orbison fans?” and yes, but that’s not it either. It’s fun to hear what people come up with.
You guys have such a unique sound. Who do you look to for inspiration?
Our keyboard player, Justin, said it best when he said that it’s basically a culmination of all the music that [we] listened to growing up. It could be a throwback to The Beatles, or something that’s Tom Petty about this or that. It’s a lot of classic elements. (more…)