Orthy being a band is the product of a happy accident. The project was originally nothing more than an outlet for the edits Ian Orth would make to play out at his Learning Secrets party in Austin, Texas. Through a series of bizarre twists and turns one of his edits ended up in the hands of Tim Sweeney who gave it a few spins on his radio show Beats In Space. This in turn caught the ear of Roy Dank from the boutique NYC label, The Wurst Music Co. who at the time was just evolving the label from an edits based imprint to one focused on pushing out original material. Dank pushed Orth to expand his focus away from edits and instead evolve the ideas on his bedroom demos.
Drawing on his love of Tom Petty, Beach Boys and House music, Orth crafted the songs that would make up his debut EP Sueños which Dank released in the fall of 2011. Quickly after the release, live requests began to roll in and a band needed to be put together so Orth pulled together four of his best friends, Jeramy Neugent, Alec Padron, Markus Diffee and Michael Zawodniak to help him transform his ideas into an actualised live experience. Orthy has spent a large part of the last year and a half perfecting their live show on a series of small tours with acts like Holy Ghost! and with Orth himself writing his debut full length which will be preceded by the Dither Down Records release of the E.M.I.L.Y. EP, a collection of love songs written for his wife.
Being in love is special. When you’re deep in it, all you want to do is share that feeling with the world. That’s exactly what Orthy has done on the E.M.I.L.Y. EP, his second musical missive and testament to his wife. The four songs on E.M.I.L.Y. are the resulting work of months of writing and recording at the couple’s home in Austin, Texas. Drawing on their mutual love of all things house music, power pop and new wave, E.M.I.L.Y. plays out as the soundtrack to the couple’s history. Continuing with the message of his debut EP Sueños, the songs on E.M.I.L.Y. are steeped in the timeless tableaux of youth, life and the carefree confidence love allows.
E.M.I.L.Y. EP will be released on January 21 2014 on Dither Down.