Sunday, August 3, 2008

Orbit - Libido Speedway (1997, A&M)

"Libido Speedway" is the debut full length from Boston, Massachusetts power-trio Orbit, released in 1997 on A&M records. The band formed in 1994 and issued an EP, "La Mano" the following year on Lunch Records, a label founded by Orbit drummer Paul Buckley. The band played dates in support of bands like Archers of Loaf and Weezer, quickly garnering the attention of major record labels and ultimately signing with A&M. Upon its release in 1997, "Libido Speedway", spawned the minor alternative-rock radio hit "Medicine" (video included below). By the time the band was finishing up their second record, A&M was dismantled under the 1999 Polygram/Universal merge, and Orbit was without a record deal. Orbit went on to release two EPs and 2001's "XLR8R" full length on Lunch records before going their separate ways. As of December 2007, however, the band has reunited and is playing shows in the Boston area. Bassist Wally Gagel, who left the group in the late 90s, went on to become a producer/engineer for the likes of The Rolling Stones, Muse, Eels, Old 97's, and even pop stars Jessica Simpson and Hannah Montanah.

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