(Credit: Brook Pifer/Orange Avenue)
You can call it emo, you can call it rock, you can call it pop-punk, but in the end, pop music is pop music, and Daytona Beach, Florida’s Orange Avenue make some really, really catchy pop.
Led by frontman Derek Anderson, this Florida five-piece started out in 2007, with a spunky, self-titled debut LP. After sharing stages with acts ranging from Rihanna to All-American Rejects, the band returned to the studio to record last year’s excellent Reset EP. And while it wasn’t a complete break, or new start, it did represent a decided leap forward in songwriting and production.
While their music has the energy of punk, it has the sheen of the best radio pop, calling to mind the likes of Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox Twenty. Anderson has a great way of matching melody to lyrics. And nowhere is this more evident than on the soaring “This Time Baby.”
Check out Orange Avenue tour dates, music and videos at the band’s MySpace page.