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Code Orange at the Shelter, 3 Things To Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Thanks to a Grammy Award nomination earlier this year, Code Orange has become this year’s designated Who dat? rock band.

The hardcore troupe from Pittsburgh has actually been winning fans, as well as rave reviews, since it emerged a decade ago as Code Orange Kids. But the Grammy nod for Best Metal Performance for the group’s 2017 album “Forever” -- on top of a Golden Gods Award for Breakthrough Band and a Kerrang Award as Best International Breakthrough earlier this year -- exponential elevated awareness for the group.

Code Orange is taking it all in stride -- in fact, it hasn’t broken stride in its touring schedule, and it recently released an EP, “The Hurt Will Go On,” that features a guest appearance by Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor...

• Code Orange’s Grammy experience was “pretty cool,” according to drummer and co-founder Jami Morgan. “It was just cool we could be part of that type of deal,” he says by phone. “Of course I never thought in my life we’d be part of something like that. But when it did we felt very comfortable, and it was fun, many. It was cool to represent what we feel is our (musical) world in some kind of way at something like that. Hopefully we can get back there and keep doing that for many years to come.”

• Morgan, 25, professes not to be surprised by Code Orange’s success with “Forever” -- “If I thought it was a surprise than I probably wouldn’t be doing it,” he notes -- but he says it’s only pushing the group have more of it. “You can’t count on what people are going to like, but I definitely knew (the album) was our best thing, by far,” Morgan says. “Now it’s just about working hard, always looking ahead and just doing everything that comes and trying to take advantage of people enjoying the record. It’s the same as always, just that there are more (people) interested in us now.”

• The new “The Hurt Will Go On” EP is just a tip of the iceberg for Code Orange, according to Morgan. “We’re more than ready to go on many things -- I won’t say an album, necessarily, although we’re working on that s well. We’re just working on a lot of different things, a lot of angles musically. We want to be able to put out music a little bit quicker while at the same time gearing towards albums and things like that. I feel like that’s what other kinds of music do, but heavy music doesn’t do that as much. We’re trying to strike a balance between putting songs out, putting remixes out, putting albums out, as long as they feel good and feel like something we want to do.”

If You Go:

• Code Orange and others

• Wednesday, June 27. Doors open at 6 p.m.

• The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

• Tickets are $20.

• Call 313-061-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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