The Tempest, 431 Natoma (between Fifth and Sixth streets), S.F.
With the Deadly Weapons and the Jack Saints
Saturday, Jan. 18, at 9:30 p.m.
Tickets are $5
The band also performs with the Shemps on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Mission Records, 2548 Mission (between 21st and 22nd streets), S.F. Admission is free; call 285-1550 for show time.
Formed from the remnants of the Long Beach punk outfit Blue Balls a little over a year ago, the Orphans have won a loyal L.A. following on the strength of solid song structures, over-the-top live energy, and punk tomfoolery (bassist Wade occasionally breaks beer bottles over his head). The band's audience is so loyal, in fact, that a fan formed a label, Malo Records, for the sole purpose of putting out the Orphans' first release, a three-song 7-inch.
More recently, the group signed with L.A.'s Kapow Records and finished some new material, including the Iggy Pop-style stomper "Falling Down" and the lurid "Moscow Message." In reference to the latter tune, Stiletto says, "It's a super-special song about when I almost accidentally sold myself into a Russian prostitution ring. True story."