It's been a long journey the past two years for Richmond, Virginia's Safety Word Orange. After forming the band in late 2007 and recording their debut Self-Titled EP in Los Angeles, California, Safety Word Orange moved back to their hometown of Richmond, Virginia to continue the movement they started out west.
Safety Word Orange was formed when lead singer James Mason met guitarist Robbie Rusbuldt in Los Angeles in late 2007. Upon returning to Virginia they began searching for a more permanent line-up. The first addition was guitarist Jackson Wise, followed by Reid Taylor on the bass and Travis King on drums.
In 2008 SWO was named "Indie Artist of the Year" by Music Emissions who said, " Safety Word Orange has a great start here; they have the ability to write power-pop songs that have a feel good vibe." Their pop-rock instrumentals are the foundation behind lead singer James Mason's Third Eye Blind-esque vocals, backed by the clear tones of both Wise and Rusbuldt. "With as much musicianship as you can handle, Safety Word Orange is one of the best bands you've never heard." says Starpulse.com.
In January 2010, Safety Word Orange finished recording their second record, "On Your Mark, Get Set..." at Red Wire Audio with acclaimed producer Bryan Russell (Straylight Run, Envy On the Coast) The record is set for release on May 18, 2010.