Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Orphan Boy

Orphan BoyOrphan Boy are a band we’re extremely thrilled to have come across- AMBY adores them! This group are delivering music with fantastic lyrics, kinetic-pop vocals, and great rock n’ roll guitar riffs. With such a unique sound, we had to find out more. So to see what they’ve been up to, AMBY spoke with Orphan Boy’s vocalist Robert Cross about the story behind Some Frontier, stages falling apart, and how their name apparently came from alphabetti spaghetti!

AMBY: Hello Orphan Boy! How’s the band doing?

Orphan Boy: Surprisingly well thanks, considering. You wouldn’t think so to look at us but we’re musically very healthy.

AMBY: Aside from gigging, what have Orphan Boy been up to lately?

Orphan Boy: Writing and recording songs for our third album, with occasional gigs, and living our double lives.

AMBY: Some Frontier is an amazing song. How did it come about?

Orphan Boy: I wrote at my mother-in-law’s house one Saturday morning. I used to stay there at weekends when I came home from Manchester, after my son was born. I’d disappear upstairs every now and again where I kept an acoustic guitar under the bed. Then I wrote it in the bathroom when I had a spare ten minutes.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

Orphan Boy: Dunno really. In the past our gigs have been littered with instruments breaking, things falling over, stage invasions, people falling over, etc. All a bit Laurel and Hardy. One gig springs to mind, in Chorley or somewhere, where we were supporting a contortionist and playing after a puppet show. The stage was made out of cubes that kept sliding out of place and, while the stage was falling apart midset, it was invaded by a pregnant girl who kept climbing on top of me and Smithy. A minefield of health & safety issues there…

AMBY: What does the band have planned for 2013?

Orphan Boy: There’s some new music on the horizon. We’re introducing a fourth member and he’s going to play a bit of saxophone; amongst other tasks. We’ll be playing a lot more gigs towards the summer.

AMBY: Where does the name Orphan Boy come from?

Orphan Boy: From Smithy. Apparently, he used to arrange alphabetti spaghetti on his plate until he found the words he was looking for.

AMBY: Which artists have you been listening to lately?

Orphan Boy: Not a great deal in the last few years really. Last CD was a Eurythmics Greatest Hits from Morrisons for £2 over Christmas. I enjoy peace and quiet when I can get it. I listen to a lot of our rehearsal room recordings on my phone. And the new So’n’Sos album which I was given a copy of and sounded great.

AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?

Orphan Boy: It would be called All Romance Will Fail and it would have a soundtrack filled with all of the great bands we’ve met along the years who never got the success they deserve. The North would look run down and later there’d be a London montage. Sounds great? Someone should make this film soon before we become successful and cause a clichéd ending.

AMBY: What’s the best part of being in Orphan Boy?

Orphan Boy: Being able to get the music that’s in my head out of my head and onto sticky dancefloors.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Orphan Boy: The new Orphan Boy album. You might think I’m exaggerating, but this album is going to literally blow people’s minds. It’s going to be a planet-shagging monster of a record. Literally.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Orphan Boy that nobody knows yet?

Orphan Boy: We once got stranded in the middle of Soho in the middle of winter and had to sleep rough, cuddled together to stay alive. By 6am we were in early stages of hypothermia and had to stand under the dryers in a McDonald’s toilet for ten minutes until we stopped shaking. Then we had to defend our Fiesta from traffic wardens for five hours until we could call out a locksmith to create new car keys so we could begin the long drive back to Manchester. I love that story.


Thanks very much Orphan Boy, for giving us your answers!

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