“We hope people take away a sense of connection to us through our music,” said the members of the Indie band Orange Avenue recently. “We want people to relate to the messages that we are getting across in our music. It is about the roller coaster that life is. Never a dull moment, always an obstacle you have to over come.”
The Daytona Beach, Florida based Indie band cites musical influences from The Killers, All American Rejects, Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Nirvana. Individually, the band members have specific musicians they admire. Chris Yetter (guitar) appreciates the work of David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, “One of the most brilliant guitar soloists I can think of.” Sean Sedita (drums) admires Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers because of “His work ethic, feel, and solid playing.”
The five piece band’s impression of the Indie music scene is, “It is growing and a force to be reckoned with. It’s a DIY world. Indie bands are starting to get recognized a lot more and are gaining a lot more traction on what the major labels once dominated.”
“We think it’s important to support each other. Other bands may say different, but we think it’s important to stick together. Fight the fight together.”
Orange Avenue weighs in on the importance of the internet for an Indie band, “If you don’t have it then you are basically dead in the water. It’s the major tool to survive and talk to your fans. Without it, it’s hard for fans to know what you are doing and where you will be. Twitter, Facebook, website, and Ourstage are huge assets to us. If you are an Indie band starting out, we highly recommend you get familiar with those sites and start interacting with your fans.”
The band’s latest CD, Small Victories, was released today on iTunes and at their web site store. Music fans can read the Examiner’s CD review here. “It is something that we worked very hard on the past year. This record has something for everyone on it. It is a roller coaster ride. We overcame so many things to make this, hence the title Small Victories.”
The band will be celebrating the CD release with a FREE show on Wednesday in Orlando, FL at The Plaza Live. A portion of the proceeds from the album sales will be donated to CureSearch, a nonprofit organization that supports children’s cancer research.
Orange Avenue plans to be going on a mini tour in March, invading some big Spring Break cities in Florida, and hopefully hitting cities throughout the world by the end of the year. Music fans can check out the Indie band’s music and follow along with them on their official site, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and You Tube channel.