While often the fictional world bleeding into the real is a sign of impending madness, in the case of “Orange Is The New Black” band Sideboob, its crossover into the land of IRL is nothing short of genius.
I won’t spoil anything for those who have not yet plowed through season two — what were you doing all last weekend? — but basically warden’s assistant Joe Caputo (Nick Sandow) has a band called Sideboob that performs in episodes five and six. And, miraculously, said band is not confined to the screen — it released three classic rock-tinged fist-bump-fests via Bandcamp as well. Chip in $3 for a download so that these guys can finally buy a van and hit the road.
The show’s music supervisor, Bruce Gilbert, was heavily instrumental when it came to putting together Sideboob — as well as the show’s recently released soundtrack.
“It’s truly an eclectic mix of songs that are on that show — from country to gangster rap,” he told MTV News. “There’s such a dynamic and diverse cast and it lends itself to so many opportunities.”
Luckily, that diversity afforded the creation of Sideboob, which sounds basically like the kind of act a dad in a sitcom swilling beers in a recliner would dig. The kind of dad who says “dig.”
The bio on Bandcamp reads thusly:
SIDEBOOB, formerly THE ALBERT ROTH PROJECT, formed in a garage five years ago when four friends playing poker were hit with a lightning bolt of rock genius. A band the likes of which had never been seen before in the upstate New York area, SIDEBOOB takes its influences from a wide variety of sources ranging from classic rock to arena rock. The band’s name originates from that time Gabe wore a tank top to the neighborhood pool and his wife wouldn’t stop commenting on how much SIDEBOOB he was showing. Their latest single, “Workers in the Mine,” is heralded as their “best song to date*.”
“They’re a fictional outfit that was drummed up in the ‘Orange’ writer’s room,” Gilbert said. “It was really effortless. They just sort of brought it to me and asked how easy it would be execute.”
Gilbert turned then to the band Adopted Highways, who stepped in to write music to the lyrics the “Orange” writers had penned. That band features Jennifer O’Connor (who has released her own solo music on Matador Records and Red Panda), Tom Beaujour (who owns and operates a studio called Nuthouse Recordings, where they cut their tracks) and Tim Foljahn (who has worked with the likes Cat Power and Thurston Moore).
On the show, Nick Sandow sang on “You Slay Me” and Tim and Tom played support — along with Nada Surf’s Ira Elliot, for whom Tom as produced.
“He didn’t quit his day job, right?” Gilbert said of Sandow’s vocals.
According to Gilbert, the “band” has been getting great response online. “They’re really psyched,” he said. “They’re so happy. They’re just getting a lot of love for it … ‘Orange’ just has really awesome fans and they want to be involved and take part in anything that’s involved, even peripherally, to the show.”
As for whether the guys will return in season three, Gilbert is unsure. “I don’t know that the writers have plans to do more like it, but they may do more of the same,” he said. “Maybe they’ll have Sideboob come back. I’ve only read the first two scripts, so nothing yet.”
Sidenote: Notice how he said “two scripts”? Episode one, season three is already underway…