Over the last couple years The Aviation Orange have been perfecting their unique mix of guitar and synth rock. Adept song writing, sonic experimentation and the dueling vocals of guitarist Michael Nesci and keyboardist Cherie Hannouche combine to make this band stand out. The Aviation Orange draws upon various influences: from 80's Post Punk to 90's Shoegaze to early Brit-Pop.
Since recording their eponymous debut LP in early 2009, the band has been expanding their reach and touring the country, including performances at Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival, New York's own CMJ Music Marathon, and several showcases at the 2010 SXSW. As well as a spot on the main stage at the 2010 Kahbang! Music festival in Maine.
The video for the first single off that album, "Radio", premiered on MTV U's The Freshman. Following its broadcast, "Radio" climbed the charts on MTVMusic.com
peaking at #8 and leading to a spot on the website's Top 100 All-Time Videos.
The debut brought further attention from various publications including: Becoming Filter Magazine's "Undiscovered Band of the Month," winning the Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month, and being chosen for a spot in the June 2010 music sampler for Under the Radar Magazine.
In 2011 the band is looking to build from that success. To start the year the band finished up recording their follow up EP - “East of Here” - at James Iha’s Manhattan studio: Stratosphere Sound. Band mates Alex Beninato and Michael Nesci took helm of engineering and producing duties, bringing the band a renewed sense of focus and a matured sound that harkens back to 80’s greats The Smiths and New Order. Although the EP is set for an early August release it is already making waves. The ethereal dancer “Ingenious Us” will be featured in the upcoming Spring 2011 Under the Radar sampler and The Album Project declared it “… a must listen…” Big things are ahead for this quintet in 2011.
releases 09 August 2011
Spin: “Channeling a mix of greats like New Order, the Pixies and the Shins, this quintet from Brooklyn makes infectious indie synth-pop songs their number one order of business.”
Filter: "Undiscovered Band of the Month"
H Magazine: “NYC’s The Aviation Orange have mastered the art of blissful, atmospheric indie-pop.”
The Deli Magazine: “The Aviation Orange play alternative electro with a strong emotional element...The band brings danceable energy that...translate[s] into a fun live performance.”
City Beat: "The Aviation Orange's sound hovers in the triangulation of Franz Ferdinand, Modest Mouse and Echo & the Bunnymen, with Berlin connecting the dots. The band built steadily from mid-tempo to pulsating crescendo pretty quickly and their engaging Indie Rock/Synth Pop found a lot of fans in the sizable audience."