On Friday, November 11, Gainesville, Florida’s Orbiter will release their new EP Head Wound via Salvaged Records. The group’s members are scene veterans, having been played in a number of bands including Rose Cross, Towers of Hanoi, The Takers, Human Parts, Escape Grace, and Cutman. And their new EP is a thick slab of stoner rock riffs, psychedelic vibes, rock ‘n’ roll strut and big hooks, at times reminiscent of Torche with more of a post-hardcore influence—and coincidentally, the EP was mixed, engineered and mastered by Torche‘s Jonathan Nuñez—or an even heavier Shiner. It’s heavy and raw, but catchy throughout, and ahead of its release on Friday, the full EP is available to stream below.
Vocalist guitarist Jon Reinertsten said in a statement, “During the recording of Southern Failures, we had a song that was pretty much finished called Head Wounds. We decided to save it for the next batch of songs because it didn’t really fit with the songs on that record. With Hamilton joining us on bass earlier on, and me moving from drums to guitar, we wanted to start fresh and capture the sound of the band with this current lineup. We hammered out the next 3 songs during the pandemic and realized they all fit well together as an EP. It seemed fun to us, because we could put a lot more time into writing and recording a smaller batch of songs. I feel like we’ve all grown into our roles within the band and enjoy exploring new riffs and noise together. It’s easier to write as a band now, from when we first started out. Jonathan Nunez was a big part of those songs too. He pushed us to perform at our highest potential and helped with the landscape of each song. Adding all the noise to the songs was no doubt my favorite part of the experience down at Sound Artillery. Now we’re excited to finally release this little beauty into the wild! Many thanks to Jeremy at Salvaged records for making that possible.”
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