Orange Crush

As an outfit worshipping at the altar of British rock, Nothing Rhymes with Orange may not have had to put up much of a fight to win the devotion of South Florida's famished Anglophiles. Fortunately local renown and lack of competition hasn't dulled its ambitions. Five years after solidifying its lineup, the quartet has released three albums, including the recent Polite Gothic. And with a major-label showcase in New York City just completed, the group appears ready to make the leap onto the national stage.

Nothing Rhymes with Orange is presently putting the finishing touches on new tracks in New York's Threshold Studios, a facility once used by Jeff Buckley as a practice space. "I think our guitar sounds held us back a bit before," admits NRWO vocalist Carl Almasy. "But we have the right people helping us now, and the production is sounding great."

Almasy names "Intermission" and "Billy the Kid" as new songs that stay true to the band's British touchstones -- early U2, the Chameleons, and the Cure -- and simultaneously imbue its trademark sound with a palatable, uniquely American feel, even though one would be hard-pressed to trace that American influence back to South Florida. "We've been listening to British bands for so long that the sound has really become a part of us," says Almasy. "I'm not sure it matters where we're living."

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