On the 27th of January Orson are set to release their british debut 'No Tomorrow'. Having ended 2005 in a whirlwind California's Orson are all set to take 2006 by storm having been hailed as "the missing link between The Rolling Stones and Scissor Sisters" but their infectious brand of rock is hard to pigeon-hole.
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Their debut UK performance was at Manchester's In The City in October of last year, by November they had been signed by Mercury Records and they closed the year supporting Duran Duran. Orson play what their singer Jason Pebworth calls simply "two-guitar power-pop", or, equally simply, "rock and roll that girls can dance to."
Orson formed in 2000 around a core of Jason Pebworth and guitarist George Astasio. The group took its name from Hollywood legend Orson Welles. Jason Pebworth is an unconventional rock singer. Before putting Orson together, he performed for several years in various theatre productions. He writes songs on piano, having never learned to play guitar, although he often wishes he had, because, of course, "it's more authentically rock and roll". And his influences are a mixture ofÃ¢Â€Â¦ well, just about anything and everything. "I love Broadway tunes," he declares, "and I love Black Sabbath."
Orson's songs are mostly about girls, about falling in or falling out of love. They form what is essentially a diary of Jason's own love life. "I torture myself over lyrics," he says. "Ultimately, the best stuff, the funniest lines, come out of the most heartbreaking times. To me, Elvis Costello is one of the great lyricists. He can make something really funny out of something truly tragic. I like that approach. It's like the great comedians."
No Tomorrow is just one of the stories Jason has to tell. "It's about when I first moved out to LA," he says. "I was seeing this girl and she'd just quit drinking. I was madly in love with her and I was pretty sure she was in love with me. But we went to a rave Ã¢Â€Â“ they still called them raves then. I told her we could still go and not get fucked up. But all of her friends were there, totally wasted. We drank a lot of Red Bull and saw how silly everyone looked. And then we realised there was nothing between us! The next morning it was over. That's why it's called No Tomorrow.
Jason remains philosophical about the girl in No Tomorrow. "It's OK," he laughs. "I got a good song out of it!" And with Orson, it's all about the songs.
Orson embark on their first UK tour.
10th Galway, IR - Roisin Dudh
11th Dublin, IR - Whelan's
13TH Northampton - Soundhaus
14th London - 100 Club
15th Leicester - Charlotte
16th Brighton - Concorde
18th Birmingham - Bar Academy
19th Manchester - Academy 3
20th Leeds - Cockpit
22nd Liverpool - Academy 3
23rd Glasgow - Barfly
24th Newcastle - Academy
26th Bristol - Fleece & Firkin
27th London - Scala
28th Sheffield - Leadmill
1st Nottingham - Rescue Rooms
3rd Stoke - Sugarmill
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