The Orange Peels EPK


• San Francisco’s KFOG has added “Aether Tide” to its rotation. The song also appears on the station’s “Local Scene 10” CD
• Played the Mountain Winery, a 3,000 seat amphitheater in Silicon Valley
• Successfully funded vinyl release on Kickstarter
• Played live sets on WFMU (New York) and WLUW (Chicago)
• Featured on NPR’s California Report, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune and more (Click here for more Orange Peels news)
• Guest edited Magnet Magazine in June 2013.

Over the course of five albums, The Orange Peels have built an indie-pop and rock following in the U.S. and beyond, winning critical acclaim with each new incarntation. Evolving with each formation of the band, today’s Peels have arrived at a sound and live show that has taken them to the next level on Sun Moon (Minty Fresh, 2013, distributed by Redeye). Founding members (singer-songwriter Allen Clapp and bassist Jill Pries) are joined here by lead guitarist John Moremen (Half Japanese, Roy Loney and the Phantom Movers) and drummer Gabriel Coan (Carta, Continental), who bring big-screen rock, electronic and ambient elements to what began as an indie-pop band from San Francisco. The result is something bigger, something unexpected (Click here for full band bio).

San Francisco Chronicle / Feature
If you had Bay Area indie combo the Orange Peels pegged, just peel back the glossy pure-pop shell, lend an ear to its new album, “Sun Moon,” and you’ll find a juicy, vulnerable new incarnation, especially when the bravura finale, “Yonder,” rolls around, and vocalist and bandleader Allen Clapp, in full-throated falsetto Freddie Mercury mode, entreats, “Take my hand,” as the rest of the band takes off for space-rockin’ parts once left unexplored.

The Orange Peels: Sun MoonThe California Report / Review & Radio Broadcast
“Each song, at the very least, brings new ideas and idiosyncratic twists to old forms, the kind of things that made such acts as Big Star, Squeeze and Crowded House their own name brands within the larger form. At its best, as on the ‘70s-referencing “Bicentennial Bridge,” “Sun Moon” holds the kind of playful, experimental spirit that marked one of power pop’s most individualistic figures, Todd Rundgren.”

The Big Takeover / Review
“Allen Clapp builds his tunes on his and lead player John Moremen’s big guitars that jangle with managed bombast instead of delicate, twee frailty—as big as R.E.M. circa ‘Begin the Begin’—along with grandiloquent keyboards, bells and Jill Pries’ boomy bass. And rising Phoenix-like out of the beautiful blare instead of sitting above it, Clapp’s voice goes from achingly husky to a powerful falsetto at the first sign of a dramatic ascending hook . . .”

Allmusic / Review
“. . .Quite a few of the songs sound like the group is heading off into new directions, like on the expansive “All at Once” or cinematically epic “Yonder,” which unspools over seven minutes of majestic pop grandeur. It’s a direction the band could keep heading in and do some really strong work in the future. Mixed in with the lighter fare, though, these heavier songs sound great.”

The Aquarian Weekly / Review
“Not that I’ve been there, but Sunnyvale, California sounds like the premiere habitat for rock band such as The Orange Peels, whose fifth disc, Sun Moon, overflows with bright, healing alt pop salvos that sound primed for vacation playlists. . .”

PopMatters / Review
“The change in approach to making this album has landed the Orange Peels with a real winner. . . This is clearly a band to watch and, even more so, listen to with enrapt attention.”

(Click here for more Sun Moon press from 2013)


Listen to the full album on SoundCloud.


2013 TOUR

5/17 San Francisco: Cafe Du Nord
5/18 Los Angeles: The Satellite
5/31 Arlington: IOTA
6/1 Philadelphia: Tin Angel
6/2 Brooklyn: The Littlefield
6/29 Sacramento: The Fox & Goose
6/30 Winters: Berryessa Brewing
7/26 San Francisco: Bottom of the Hill
8/16 Saratoga: The Mountain Winery
8/22 Chicago: Schubas
8/24 Minneapolis: Aster Cafe River Room
8/25 St. Louis: Foam
10/27 San Francisco: Bottom of the Hill
11/16 Berkeley: The Starry Plough