Code Orange (formerly Code Orange Kids) is an American hardcore punk band that formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. The band signed to Deathwish Inc. and have since released two studio albums through the label: Love Is Love/Return to Dust (2012) and I Am King (2014).
Formation and early years (2008–2012)
The band formed under the name Code Orange Kids in 2008 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They started out playing "really straightforward punk," but would eventually take their music in a heavier direction with the introduction of new member Bob Rizzo, who met members of the band at a local show. By early 2012, the band described themselves as "doomy, abrasive" hardcore punk similar to Black Flag, Converge or Integrity. The band found some difficulty touring in their early days. Because all the members went to various high schools in Pennsylvania, they were not old enough to play at some of the clubs and could only tour between semesters. Despite this, Code Orange Kids opened for such bands as the Misfits, The Bronx, Nekromantix and Anti-Flag. Early self-published releases from Code Orange Kids included 2009's Winter Tour Demo, 2010's Demo 2010 and 2011's Embrace Me/Erase Me. Code Orange Kids released the EP Cycles through Mayfly Records in 2011.
Code Orange Kids announced they signed to Deathwish Inc. in January 2012. At the time of their signing, the average age among band members was 18 years old. In April 2012, the band released a split EP with Full of Hell through Topshelf Records. A Max Moore-directed music video for the song "V (My Body Is A Well)" from the EP was also released. Code Orange Kids toured North America with Touché Amoré, Defeater and Birds in Row in April 2012, and toured Europe in July 2012.
Love Is Love/Return to Dust (2012–2013)
Code Orange Kids have released their debut album, Love Is Love/Return to Dust, in October 2012 through Deathwish. The album was recorded in June 2012 with Kurt Ballou of Converge at his own GodCity studio. Commenting on getting to work with Ballou, drummer Jami Morgan said, "Kurt has made tons of our favorite records and we respect him as an engineer and musician immensely, as many others do." The album's release was preceded by a music video for the song "Flowermouth (The Leech)" in October 2012.
The band will begin touring in support Love Is Love/Return to Dust with a short Canadian tour with Bane in October 2012 followed by a North American tour with Gaza and Full of Hell from November through December 2012. On this tour, the band was robbed of over US$10,000 worth of belongings in New Orleans, Louisiana. In February/March 2013, Code Orange Kids toured the US with H2O and Terror; with Circle Takes the Square and Full of Hell in Europe in July/August 2013; with Terror and Fucked Up in North America in October 2013; and with Every Time I Die and Letlive in November/December 2013.
Name change and I Am King (2014)
Recording for Code Orange Kids' second studio album began in February 2014 with Kurt Ballou. Speaking on the sound of the new album, Morgan said it would mark "a very new era for our band," and that, "It's different. A lot of the heavier parts are heavier and sometimes more obvious. A lot of the odd parts are weirder and a little more anti-social. Things are a lot more blended together." On June 5, 2014 the band announced that it was changing its name from "Code Orange Kids" to "Code Orange," and will be releasing its sophomore album titled I Am King on September 2, 2014. Three months before the release of the album, the band released a music video for the title track, "I Am King," in June 2014 followed by an online stream of "My World" in July 2014 and a music video for "Dreams in Inertia" in August 2014.
Code Orange's first tour in support of I Am King was a six-date stint with Killswitch Engage surrounding the band's participation in This is Hardcore Festival 2014 in July/August 2014, followed by a North American co-headlining tour with Twitching Tongues in September and October. They also appeared on 2015's Mayhem Festival, and toured the U.S. from June to August.