Jam band The Orange Constant headed to Hilton Head Island Friday

Posted by ERIN SHAW on June 5, 2014 

The Orange Constant, a jam band from Statesboro, Ga., will play at The Smokehouse on Hilton Head Island Friday night.


It's hard to come up with a good band name these days.

It takes a lot of time and persistence according to Lee Guentert, drummer for rock jam band The Orange Constant. Guentert and his four band mates got theirs on a sunny afternoon a year and a half ago. When the sun hit the egg crates they had put on the windows in their practice space, the whole room took on an orange glow. The Orange Constant was born. 

The Statesboro, Ga.-based band will bring its jams to The Smokehouse on Hilton Head Island Friday night at 9:30. It's the group's second ever visit to the island, something Guentert said it hopes to do more now that The Orange Constant is starting to get a regional following. 

In addition to Guentert, the band is Andrew Brantley on vocals and guitar, Nickalous Benson on guitar and William Goggans on bass. Guentert, Brantley and Benson recently graduated from Georgia Southern University, and Goggans still has a year to go. 

"I would describe our sound as accessible rock with intricate instrumentals attached to it," Guentert said. 

Some songs are structured compositions with traditional verse-chorus, and others are loose enough to allow room for drawn-out jams, similar to music from Phish, Umphrey's McGee or Moon Taxi. 

"It's material that is hard to define, but we think exciting. It will keep you at the venue for a whole time. You're not gonna want to leave, hopefully," Guentert said.  

It's easy to get caught up in the gentle electric guitar plucks and washes of percussion of The Orange Constant's original tunes. Then the band might switch things up with cover by The Allman Brothers, Incubus or My Morning Jacket, Guentert said. 

But the relaxed tone and sunny vibes are constant. 

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