Orbit called it quits on New Year’s Eve 2001, with one major regret. “That’s the story behind the story,” Buckley continues. “We finished a second album for A&M called Guide to Better Living, and it’s just sitting on a shelf somewhere. It definitely was very difficult on Jeff and myself — we spent about nine months of our lives making that record.”
Orbit were very much of their time — their catchiest songs were built around the same loud/quiet/loud dynamic shifts that Nirvana borrowed from the Pixies, with big, distorted guitar riffs rubbing up against raw-throated vocals. But taken out of the post-grunge context, they’re a three-piece modern-rock band who don’t sound all that out of place in ’08 — as they discovered back in December.
“I didn’t quite know where Orbit fit in terms of doing a reunion show,” Buckley concludes. “So I put us on those shows with the Sheila Divine and it went well. I think we’re all at a place in our lives where it would be great to make music again. So this show is sort of like embarking on seeing where this goes from here rather than just being nostalgic about it. I don’t think we’re ever going to do 150 shows in a year again. We’re at different places in our lives now. We just want to see if we can do good art together again.”
ORBIT + TAXPAYER + THE FATAL FLAW + THE AIRPORT | T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | June 6 | 617.492.BEAR
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