Track Premiere: Orange Island – ‘Four Letter Tattoos and White Flags’

Hailing from the suburban mill town of Clinton, Massachusetts, Orange Island were once a household name during the late ’90’s and early ’00’s post-hardcore scene. Though they were often mislabeled as emo, a more accurate description of their sound would be abrasive, yet mature, indie-rock with an astute understanding of pop melodicism.

During their tenure, the band put out albums with Triple Crown and Rise Records and toured with The Movielife, Taking Back Sunday, and other luminaries of the era.

One Night Stay combines melodic hardcore, complex guitar interplay with lots of pop-influenced choruses and deeply somber lyrics that focus on the darker sides of life. While out-of-print for the last 15 years, the album sees a reissue, and release on vinyl for the first time, via Iodine Recordings on September 30. It is fully remastered and features production by Matt Squire (Taking Back Sunday, Thrice, and The Used).

“Four Letter Tattoos and White Flags” is the first of the tracks from the record the band and label are sharing leading up to the record’s release.

Of the song, drummer Chuck Young says, “On their worst nights, townie bars emit a cacophonous symphony of, ‘You think you bettah than me?’ Moving away can feel like a betrayal, ambition: a threat. This was my way of, not only responding to that perceived chorus but also shouting out the various ways the people I loved had gone from child to adult—hometowns feeling more reserved for growing up than for evolving as a well-rounded person. How can you ‘you think you bettah than me’ someone at war, the famous at the funeral home, the committed, the working class?”

Preorder it here.

Rumors of reunion shows in ’22 also abound…

Photo by Dickie Cummings

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