STATESBORO — The Orange Constant is bringing vintage rock with a contemporary twist to The Blue Room on Friday, Oct. 4.
The band began in 2012 when Nickalous Benson and Andrew Brantley met in class at Georgia Southern and quickly realized that song writing was a passion of one anothers’.
“We were both the same level of guitar player… we were also the same level of songwriters,” Benson said. “Andrew and I really hit it off.”
After adding and losing two band members, Tyler Walker, Chris Freiberg and Sam Groveman were brought on board to complete the five-man band.
Now based in Athens, Georgia, the band wants to break genre barriers and reach all audiences of all ages through their “organic charm of southern psychedelia, heartfelt narrative and progressive composition all with a spontaneous yet pop-like sensibility,” their website reads.
That pop-like sensibility is drawn from Benson and Brantley's early influences like The Beatles and Neil Diamond.
“We were influenced by the idea of writing music but also the idea of improvising music on stage,” Benson said.
Some songs are popular for a while, but the band knows not to burn the good ones out. Reinchronic is the track that Benson is the most excited to play Friday, coming off the band's newest album.
The song has a “jazz, funky piano ballad breakdown moment,” that Benson is excited to play live.
“The Orange Constant thrives on creating songs that differ from one another and possess their own inspired character,” Freiberg wrote in an email.
Benson, Brantley, and Freiberg have all graduated from college but know that music is what makes them happiest, according to Benson.
“We’re not on the fast track to do this,” Benson said. “We aren’t writing these songs for people to gobble up to the masses.”
That happiness and enjoyment in making music is what Benson wishes to reflect while on stage.
“TOC's debut album, Time to Go (June 2015), was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer “John Keane (R.E.M., Widespread Panic) and garnered praise from Relix Magazine as a ‘confident and polished debut album’,” Freiberg wrote in an email. “Shortly after, the band won the 2016 Flagpole Athens Music Award for best "Jam/Funk" band.”