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OriginSan Francisco, California, California, USA
GenresIndie rock,
psychedelic rock
Years active1998–2006
LabelsEenie Meenie Records
MembersMike Drake
Matt Harris
Patrick Main
John Hofer
Bob Reed
Past membersChad Dyer
Jim Lindsay

Oranger was a San Francisco indie rock band.

Band history[edit]

Mike Drake, Matt Harris and Jim Lindsay knew each other from playing together in previous bands Overwhelming Colorfast and Stick Figures. They formed Oranger in 1997 with Chad Dyer of American Sensei on bass, Mike Drake providing vocals and guitar, Jim Lindsay on drums and Matt Harris performing lead guitar.

The four first performed at the San Francisco Noise Pop Festival. Dyer soon left the band and Oranger established itself as a trio. After the success at the Noise Pop Festival, they recorded their first album Doorway to Norway. The album was recorded on a Tascam 8-track cassette and released in 1998 on their own Pray for Mojo record label. In early 1999, Scott Kannberg (of Pavement) aided the band in re-releasing the album as the premiere release on the fledgling San Francisco indie label Amazing Grease Records.

In 1999, Patrick Main was added to the lineup and the band began recording their second album, The Quiet Vibrationland, taking its name from a lyric from The Who's rock opera Tommy".[1] It was tracked on an Ampex MM1000 tape machine previously owned by The Beach Boys. Vibrationland was released in 2000.

In 2003, Oranger released the double album Shutdown the Sun/From the Ashes of Electric Elves on San Francisco indie label Jackpine Social Club.

Lindsay left the group in 2004 and currently plays drums for The High Water Marks.

Oranger's last album, New Comes and Goes, was released in 2005 on Los Angeles indie Eenie Meenie Records. Also in 2005, the band's cover of the 1954 hit song "Mr. Sandman" was featured in the Xbox video game Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel Without a Pulse" and in the television show "Vampire Diaries"

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Mike Drake - vocals, guitar
  • Matt Harris - bass, vocals
  • Bob Reed - guitar
  • Patrick Main - keyboards
  • John Hofer - drums

Former members[edit]

  • Chad Dyer - bass
  • Jim Lindsay - drums


  • Doorway to Norway (1998)
  • The Quiet Vibration Land (2000)[2]
  • Shutdown the Sun/From the Ashes of Electric Elves (2003)
  • New Comes and Goes (2005)



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