06/09 Festival of the Arts Grand Rapids, MI Info


Sean Stynes – Guitar, Vocals
Curtis Kuipers – Bass, Vocals
Dan Julian – Drums, Percussion
Nick Hoke – Keys, Guitar, Vocals

The Gorgeous Oranges are a psychedelic rock band based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Originally called Wala Gum the band was started as a recording project by Sean Stynes and elevated by founding members Curtis Kuipers and Dan Julian. The band’s latest album Not Today Satan continues the band’s experimental approach to recording and production with a new batch of eclectic sounds and songs. Newest addition, Nick Hoke brings another element of harmony and atmosphere to the band. The Gorgeous Oranges combine hard-hitting psychedelic moments with melodic songwriting that weaves in and out of pop sensibilities

“The palette of sounds on Wala Gum’s (aka Sean Stynes) debut EP, “Big Posie,” is otherworldly. From the distant opening chords of “Shark Attack” to the fuzz-driven riffing that concludes the title track, the EP is completely immersive. Written and recorded entirely by Stynes, the indie-rock tunes on “Big Poise” are fueled by smooth guitars and ethereal synthesizers. But there’s just as much to marvel at in terms of songwriting. These five songs contain an album’s worth of feeling, with lyrics and arrangements that ground and make whole such ambitious soundscapes.” – Devin Anderson, Local Spins

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