Orion are a self-styled post-punk four-piece based in the Inner-West of Sydney-- and if you haven't noticed already, I enjoy hyphens. So we had a chat and they agreed to be part of the series (and yes I know right off the bat we're stretching the concept of busking to the limit, but such is life), and Taylah started clicking away. After their set, which I'll be hones and say we missed because I needed dinner, I began to interview them and Taylah kept clicking.
It's here I hope you realise two things; this isn't a review and it won't be a regular interview. I asked a bunch of questions, and they gave a bunch of answers, and neither my question nor their answers were that exciting. Orion are made up of Sarah on synths, Dizzy on bass, Yuta on vocals and Chris on guitar. I don't pretend to know much about them, but that isn't really the point of this series, I'm not auditioning for Rolling Stone magazine.
The first thing I noticed about Orion is that they're a tight-knit unit. They have the kind of familial energy that comes from playing together for five-years. The second thing I noticed was that they were self-conscious. What I mean to say is that they lack self-assuredness, not musically (I listened online and they produce tight, breezy pop-punk that is radio ready), but in a PR sense. They didn't quite seem to know how to approach us. Perhaps it was the vagueness with which I explained our project, or perhaps it was a deeper uncertainty about what kind of image they wanted to project for themselves; but they closed ranks. It was an attitude they wore just as easily as their scruffy musician get-up and rolled cigarettes. What it wasn't was the groundbreaking vulnerability I had hoped for this series.
As we spoke I began to figure the band out. Yuta is the shy front man, gifted but uncertain of the spotlight. Chris is intelligent (completing a PhD in Film Studies), funny and also shy. Dizzy was interesting, from the nickname to his jokes about the deep-state the was the most deliberately enigmatic. More than anything I think he is protective of the band. Finally, we come to Sarah. She seemed to me to be the beating heart of the band. She quickly became the focus of Taylah's lens and from the outset she had been the dominant voice in the interview. She is funny and articulate and the boys seemed happy to let her speak for them.
Beyond that I can't say much about Orion that Taylah's photos don't say better. Except to say this, and forgive me that it's corny, if music is the food of love-- as a writer far superior to me once said-- then surely we need more shopfronts for bands like Orion to perform in. Four young, shy musicians, who came to music as a way out of the monotony of country and suburban life, deserve to have their songs heard in more than just dusty corners of the internet and empty Wollongong shopfronts.
So in the end "Nights on Crown" may have been a cheap Vivid knock-off, but at least it gave us one more shopfront of music because, to steal from Shakespeare again, all the world may be a stage, but when it comes to live music at least, increasingly it isn't.
Orion's music is available here.