October 5, 1999
PRETEND I’M HUMAN,
Orange 9 mm,
Orange 9mm is a band with a unique mix of sounds and a unique name. Their sounds fuse the classic alternative of, say, Goodbye to Pop, with the rap style of Curtis Mayfield and P- Funk. These sounds are mingled with lyrics that are inspired by three guys’ hopes, dreams, and fears.
PRETEND I’M HUMAN is an honest, though provoking CD. The CD is a big step up for this New York-based band. Their producer Neil Perry (who has worked with The Smashing Pumpkins and Everclear) says, “I haven’t heard anything like this before.”
In days of Backstreet Boys, N’ Sync, and Brittany Spears, it is good to know that there is a group of musicians out there, especially in the midst of these teeny-bopper groups that get started by an established record company -- usually some producer saying, “I’ve got 12 songs to dance and sing to 12-year-olds.”
That is why I want to introduce everybody to Orange 9 mm. Visit the corner where Hip Hop and Alternative cross, and you will see a little band called Orange 9 mm.
-- Ian West