(Liverpool Academy, 22/05/2006)
Live Review


How the flighty have risen, just three months ago the soaring Californian outfit, Orson were playing an intimate set in front of a hundred fifty odd people at the Academy Three in Manchester. Tonight, two top ten singles later, a sold-out Liverpool Academy One venue brims with excitement. The pulse of the outfit, drummer Chris Cano makes a lone dash to mount his drum rack and pounds out a throbbing solo introduction to 'Happiness', authoritatively shaking the crowd up for the entrance of his colleagues. Last onto the stage is the Oasis Fan hat wearing front man, Jason Pebworth who uses the cordial crowd reception as a shot of adrenalin and gives the masterful offering from debut album 'Bright Idea', some hearty soul.

The muscle of the internet is flexed with vigour, as a knowledgeable Liverpool crowd throw their hearts and souls into joining in with the wistful, 'Already Over' from the above mentioned, currently unreleased debut album. This prompted Pebworth to enquire as to why so many know the song so well? Then, he continues to ironically hail the invention of the computer. It was probably by listening to the next song on the set list, the catchy and stammering vocal toed, 'Bright Idea' that prompted many to delve deeper and immorally into the wider range of this year's The Killers material.

Surprising highlight is the subtle, folk tainted, but damning swipe at an artist who in Orson's mind was signed undeservedly 'Congratulations Jessie, You Finally Made it', surely such a thing doesn't happen in this industry does it? The slower and lovelorn 'So Ahead Me', ends the main set in a soothing, yet heart aching pop fashion. Surprisingly, this is good enough for some who happy make their way out into the wet Liverpool night, not needing to wait around for number one single 'No Tomorrow'. Maybe, these prophets knew that tonight this number will be exposed as a flat pop song that doesn't take more than a few listens and it is made to sound a little laboured. That blip is soon forgotten as the racing set ender 'Yours Truly', provides for a vibrant close to an evening that sees Orson, whose name comes from the Latin for Bear-like, continue to grow as a confident and prowling live act.

David Adair

Site - http://www.orsonband.com