Orlando spent a decade with the Maccabees and in 2016, when the group disbanded, he started writing The Gritterman, his first book.
The story is about a seasonal hero and the work he loves. He uses his vehicle as an ice-cream van in summer but it is in the winter when he is a gritterman that “he comes into his own” until the council insists his services are no longer required.
The book, by Particular Press, is out in September and comes with an accompanying album narrated by comedian Paul Whitehouse.
Orlando said: “I had written a song about the idea of a seasonal hero. My hero in the song was a man that gritted roads and as I worked on the song, The Gritterman’s character began to form.
"The more I worked on the song the more I got attached to the character and it was that attachment that was the starting point for the book.”