Saturday, January 19, 2008

Georgetown Orbits - S/T

Ready To Launch Records 2007

Seattle, Washington is the birth place of some of the most prolific music today.
On this very breeding ground was born The Georgetown Orbits. In their few years together as a band they have really polished their sound, and really built a great local fanbase. Determined to push ahead, the GTOs have stayed busy with loads of shows. They've shared the stage with such bands as The Skatalites, the English Beat, Bad Manners, The Toasters, Wesbound Train and more.
In 2005 they recorded a self-released live CD, and in 2006 they recorded some songs for a 7" single. And now towards the end of 2007 they released their self-titled full length debut album.

This debut album really shows off their musicianship, and strong grasp of Jamaican music styles. Each band member's diverse background is readily apparent in each and every song.

They got some tight heavy reggae tunes that I'm sure melt the dance floor live.Songs like Shoe Suede Blues, and Mic Check(dub past 8) drive this point home.

They do some funky reggae, and soul influenced tunes like Funky C, Funky Do, and Give and Take. These tunes are a great follow up to their live rendition of the classic Booker T tune Green Onions, which they kill on.

And if you wanna hear some straight up ska scorchers, that's their specialty.
The song You Know The Story will make you ask, "Is this the Skatalites?" Seriously a nicely crafted tune. A heart-throbbing beat that'll put you at ease and bring you down to your knees begging for more. Beautiful improvisations from the horn section, guitar, and keys. They even dash in some Latin influences with If I Can Have This Dance. A fine Latin rhythm with Spanish/English lyrics. Red hot guitar work and spicy hip-moving horns.

They even speak out about the issues were surrounded by today. Listen to The Shady Bunch, and Tribal War. The song titles say it all. The feeling is reminiscent The Slacker's International War Criminal.

I really enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish, they arranged the songs just right. The last two tracks are dub versions of Tribal War and Shoe Suede Blues with a groove that'll have you starting this thing from the beginning over and again.
To top it off, the CD has a cool design like vinyl, and the liner is just as great, these guys got style.


Check out to buy the album and for more info and free live track downloads.

Notes: Catch the Georgetown Orbits on tour now with Get Down Moses this week-
They played in Eugene, San Fran, San Luis Obispo, and are
playing LA in a few days, then Ashland on Wednesday.
For more show info check

We interviewed bass player Toby Kremble of the GTOs last year, read that here

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