Melbourne Ska Orchestra Sierra Kilo Alpha Album Out Now!

It’s been 3 years since Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut launched, and today, April 22 sees their sophomore album Sierra-Kilo-Alpha touch down in stores.

“I’m pretty proud of where we are with this album,” enthuses Nicky Bomba. “There’s a presence and punchiness to it that makes us smile. To me, it’s mature songwriting, yet still having that element of sounding fresh, and that’s always a hard thing to do – I think we accepted the mission and delivered.”

The early word from reviewers is in – The Music declaring it their Album Of The Week (April 20, 2016) with Liz Giuffre describing the album as “Sonic escapism at its best.”

While Blank Gold Coast & Tom Magazine’s Trevor Jackson called it – stating “It’s playful and catchy as hell, as good ska should be, but the MSO is more than just a big wall of sound paying homage to a genre. From the outset the band wanted to incorporate many other musical elements into their sound – jazz, funk and African rhythms amongst them. … Throughout Sierra Kilo Alpha the MSO is clearly honouring the genre’s legacy, yet they never lose their sense of fun in delivering the outcome.”

John Hardaker from The Orange Press declared “The snaky, swirling melody of opener ‘Escher’ sets the mission statement – heavy on the horns, beefy on the funk, yet with enough of the dancing lightness of snap-brim ska to get your ass on the floor. Pat Powell‘s knowing vocal – as all across Sierra-Kilo-Alpha – comes across with a grin and a worldly wink. 

Leading single ‘Funkchuck’ is chunky, funky and motors along on a rocksteady groove to where it’s going. ‘Bombay Detective’ opens with sitar-exotica – like so many arrangements here, it suggest a movie-for-your-mind: a thrill-ride thriller, moody, racy, noir. 

‘Nothing in The Way’ has a circular, snaking riff, like the opener, ‘Escher’ which shows the quiet genius in Bomba’s horn and rhythm arrangements – nothing gets in the way of the groove, yet there is always so much to listen to on the way. 

Afro-Cuban flavours sepia ‘Solitary Island Sway’ and ‘Special Thing’ while the largely instrumental ‘Vespa Ska’ has tremolo spaghetti-Western guitar setting the showdown scene. ‘Sly Boots’ (my gold star for next single) is Nutty Boy ska with a gold-plated hook.”

Hitting the top of the AMRAP regional charts with the album’s second single Funkchunk, the song was also promptly added to Double J and has enjoyed strong support from Triple J’s Roots N All & ABC local radio stations Australia-wide.  Alongside all the great community radio airplay right around the country it seems Australian audiences have fully embraced the return of Melbourne Ska Orchestra to their airwaves.

Audiences can embrace Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s renowned live shows when they hit the road tonight. Starting in Queensland, before heading to Sydney, Jenolan Caves/Blue Mountains, Adelaide, hometown Melbourne, Coffs Harbour and Mullumbimby.  The tour will stretch from April 22 to June 25 – full tour details available at www.melbourneskaorchestra.com  – all before playing the main stage at Splendour In the Grass 2016.

Following on from the Australian release and tour, Melbourne Ska Orchestra will be heading off to the UK in August to promote Sierra-Kilo-Alpha there, with appearances at The Garage London, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Boomtown Fair and Kaya World Music Festivals.

There is a feeling of excitement building for this release and you can be assured Melbourne Ska Orchestra will follow through with an unforgettable stage performance!

In the words of John Hardaker  – “The sound is huge and the band is tight; the MSO will be touring with up to 30 players, taking Sierra-Kilo-Alpha across Australia…And as throbbingly vital as this album is, you know their live shows will be through the big-top roof. Don’t miss them.”

SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA out today via FOUR|FOUR 

BUY IT HERE

FOR FULL TOUR DETAILS, HEAD TO

www.melbourneskaorchestra.com

SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR 2016

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Only three years from Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s debut album –sees the release of their second album, Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, April 22, 2016 – picking up where they left off, taking the age old style of Ska and adding to it with aplomb. The band’s debut resulted in sell-out shows both in Australia and abroad, many high profile festival appearances internationally, a slew of award nominations and some wins both here and in the UK.

Sierra-Kilo-Alpha is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s own history – a nod to the past with an eye firmly on the future, dangerous and free. Recorded at the ABC and Freeburgh studios in Melbourne, in the winter of 2015. Sierra-Kilo-Alpha throbs with hope, excitement and freshness. The band has recently signed record deals in both the US and the UK, after two years of very successful touring to the regions. So 2016 will see the new record released across the globe, with touring to follow.

MSO’s live performance is nothing short of spectacular, sometimes tipping the 30 player mark. The National album launch tour kicks off at The Night Quarter on the Gold Coast, April 22. Touring with between 20 and 30 band members at all times MSO will play both capital city and regional dates, spanning from April to June. Showcasing new songs from Sierra-Kilo-Alpha, fans are in for a treat; it will be an unstoppable dance floor across the nation!

All of this before the band head over to the UK in August, to play at The Garage in London, Kaya World Music Festival and Boomtown. 2016 sees Melbourne Ska Orchestra off and running, at break neck speed…

Get your tickets to one of the album launch shows now before you miss out!

Presented By: RHYTHMS, TONEDEAF, SCENESTR, THE BRAG & BEAT

Fri 22nd April
THE NIGHT QUARTER, Gold Coast QLD
www.nightquarter.com.au / 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 6pm

Sat 23rd April
THE TRIFFID, Brisbane QLD
w/ Special Guests CHEAP FAKES
www.thetriffid.com.au / 9 Stratton St, Newstead
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors open 8pm

Sun 24th April
SOL BAR, Sunshine Coast QLD
www.solbar.com.au / Ocean St, Maroochydore
Tickets $35 +bf from venue & www.oztix.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Fri 13th May
MANNING BAR, Sydney Uni NSW
w/ Special Guests Hot Tomato Band
www.manningbar.com / Manning Rd, Camperdown
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors open 8pm

Sat 14th May
THE GRAND ARCH, Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains NSW
A Special Night, with guests THE RHYTHM HUNTERS
Jenolan Caves Rd, Jenolan Caves NSW
Early bird tickets $50 + bf for limited time, $60 + bf GA from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/35437
Doors open 6pm

Fri 20th May
THE GOV, Adelaide SA
w/ Special Guests GORILLA JONES
www.thegov.com.au / 59 Port Rd, Hindmarsh ADELAIDE
Tickets $35 + bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 8pm

Sat 28th May
MAX WATT’S, Melbourne VIC
w/ Special Guests KOOYEH
www.maxwatts.com.au / 125 Swanston St, MELBOURNE
Tickets $35 +bf from https://maxwatts.ticketscout.com.au
Doors open 8pm

Fri 24th June
SAWTELL RSL, Coffs Harbour NSW
www.offbeatoperations.com.au / First Avenue, Sawtell NSW
Tickets $30 +bf from www.oztix.com
Doors 7.30pm

Sat 25th June
MULLUMBIMBY CIVIC HALL, Mullumbimby NSW
55 Dalley St, Mullumbimby NSW
Tickets A$32.00 +BF &cc / Y$26.00+BF&cc / C$20.00+BF&cc / under 5yrs free – from www.redsquaremusic.com.au
Doors 7.00pm

FUNKCHUNK single is available now
LISTEN HERE

New Album SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA, out April 22
Via FOUR|FOUR

In the studio with Melbourne Ska Orchestra for album #2!

It is a real treat being in the studio with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra – A fantastic mix of chaos and creativity at the same time, all whilst maintaining a huge sense of humour and good times.

The guys are currently recording their second album at the ABC studios, Melbourne.

Check out some working shots here. Photo credit – Glen Thompson.

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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA “GET SMART” WITH MARCH TOUR

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MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA had an incredible year in 2013 with the release of their debut album taking things up a notch or ten.

MSO was nominated for an ARIA award for Blues and Roots album of the year and took out the Age EG World Music and the Reggae Steady Ska album of the year awards.

However, it is the stage where this 30-odd piece truly shine. MSO started selling out headline shows within a few months of their album release and have become a highlight of the National festival circuit with a sway of high profile International offers starting to land.

Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio, Bustamento), MSO bring an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist, keys and 4 singers. The “Get Smart” Tour demands you to get your body moving with the life force that is MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA.

GET SMART TOUR PRESENTED BY THE MUSIC

FRI MARCH 14 – HQ – ADELAIDE W/EL MOTH – BUY TICKETS HERE
SAT MARCH 15 – HI FI BAR – MELBOURNE W/EL MOTH & DJ KILMARNOCK STEVE – BUY TICKETS HERE
FRI MARCH 21 – HI FI BAR – BRISBANE W/BELLYAS – BUY TICKETS HERE
FRI MARCH 28 – HI FI BAR – SYDNEY W/TBC – BUY TICKETS HERE

LISTEN HERE:

www.melbourneskaorchestra.com

Melbourne Ska Orchestra presents…THE DIPLOMAT TOUR

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra (MSO) hit the road earlier this year to celebrate the release of their debut self-titled album. Managing to fill venues with hoards of smiling faces and dancing bodies. . A 100% strike rate of rave reviews, packed venues with hoards of smiling faces and dancing bodies, the grand adventure is well and truly underway.

Although touring 30+ members is no mean feat, the time has come to hit the road again and take this unique ramshackle train a little farther afield. Starting in Brisbane at the BigSound conference in September, MSO will then travel to Adelaide and Western Australia, before heading back to the East Coast for a Sydney show and run of festivals including; Caloundra and Queenscliff.

An explosive celebration of music unfolds on stage with some of Australia’s finest musicians, when the 30-odd piece orchestra hits the stage. Imagine the force of an 18 piece horn section, a mean rhythm section, percussionist, organist and 4 singers and you may only begin to understand the life force that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Fronted by Nicky Bomba (Bomba, John Butler Trio, Bustamento), with his professional, energetic and impulsive conducting style, Melbourne Ska Orchestra is a fun-loving big band experience. Influenced by the golden ska period of the 60’s, the 2Tone jump up from the UK, their new album of original material showcases the international quality of their songs. A massive hit at festivals; the MSO is fast becoming a must-see institution with members hailing from some of the best ska and reggae bands in Australia.

Out now on FOUR|FOUR, the self-titled debut album from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is the culmination of years of passion and performance from one of the most energetic and inspired ensembles currently winning over audiences right across the country. This is music at its most entertaining; vibrant, surprising, and with a beat to shame the Devil. This is Ska.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the new single release, late August. “The Diplomat”. Featuring vocals by Nicky Bomba, the sultry Rebecca Ari and Pat Powell (‘Best Things In Life Are Free’, as seen on the National Freeview TVC), and with that distinctive Big Band sound, the song is sure to get your money maker skankin.

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“The gig was amazing”. – Lachlan Douglas, Scene Magazine

“The sheer amount of manic movement and spirited skanking evident at the show simply proves the power of Ska and Reggae. There’s something in the music that makes people move without thinking, seemingly hypnotized.” – Jon Jobbagy – AU Review

“It’s a crime that the Melbourne Ska Orchestra are not more popular… The MSO put on an outstanding show that lit up the room and they wrung every ounce of enjoyment out of a crowd that ignored any specific demographic and who were all there together to skank Friday into oblivion. Mission accomplished.” – Matt MacMaster – The Music/Drum Media

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra present “THE DIPLOMAT TOUR”
Presented by: dB Magazine, X-PRESS Magazine & The BRAG

Saturday 21st Sep
The Gov, Adelaide SA
www.thegov.com.au
59 Port Rd HINDMARSH
Tickets $35 + bf from , www.oztix.com.au & www.moshtix.com.au

Friday 27th Sep
Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
www.flybynight.org
Parry St, FREMANTLE
Tickets $35 + bf from www.flybynight.org
Doors open 8pm

Saturday 28th Sep
Astor Theatre, Perth WA
www.liveattheastor.com.au
659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, PERTH
Tickets $35 + bf from the venue, www.showticketing.com.au & (08) 9370 5888
18+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
Doors open 7.30pm

Sunday 29th Sep
Wave Rock Weekender, WA
For all ticketing and bill info go to www.soulhighway.com.au

Saturday 9th Nov
Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
www.factorytheatre.com.au
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, SYDNEY
Tickets $30 + bf from www.ticketek.com.au
Doors open 8pm

ALSO PLAYING:
Sep 11th & 12th
BIGSOUND, Brisbane
For all details go to: http://www.qmusic.com.au/bigsound/2013/

Saturday 5th Oct
Caloundra Music Festival
Kings Beach, CALOUNDRA
with Boy and Bear, Xavier Rudd, Katchafire, The Basics + many more
For all ticketing and line up info go to www.caloundramusicfestival.com

Saturday 23rd Nov
Queenscliff Music Festival
with The Living End, John Butler Trio, The Grates, Spiderbait + many more.
For full line up and ticketing details go to www.qmf.net.au

Ready? Set? SKA!! Melbourne Ska Orchestra Album Tour kicks off This Week

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The guys from Melbourne Ska Orchestra are jumping out of their suits with excitement this week as they get ready to bring the party to you on the Melbourne Ska Orchestra ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR – kicking off this Friday in Sydney.

With over 30 of them in tow, it’s a RARE chance to see them outside of festival land where they have been making big noise for a while now.

Showcasing their brand new self-titled album – which we released in March. The love has been strongly felt from fans and after some monster shows at Golden Plains and Byron Bluesfest, tickets are selling fast.

This will be their FIRST time in Sydney and Brisbane. And though Melbourne skankers have had the pleasure before, prepare for serious special-guest action in all 3 shows.

Melbourne has The Strange Tenants (need we say more – The Godfathers Of Australian Ska), Sydney, The Auskas, and Brisbane, The Cheap Fakes. This is as well as Mista Savona on the decks, or in Melbourne with Savona Sound System featuring some of Melbourne’s finest MCs.

Up front and skankin’ will be Mr Charisma himself, conductor Nicky Bomba, with the talents of MSO siren Rebecca Ari, the soulful Pat Powell and ska-tastic Stevie Montgomery. Not to be forgotten is the killer 14 to 19 piece horn section, expert percussion & steel pans and powerhouse rhythm section.

Showcasing new songs and classics, this is going to be something very special. So, iron your suits and dresses, get your best hats and style up for the MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR.

Don’t miss out!

PRESENTED BY… ABC DIG MUSIC & SPA

Friday 3rd May
THE METRO
SYDNEY, NSW
with Special Guests “AUSKAS” + “MISTA SAVONA” (DJ Set)
Doors open 8:00pm
BUY TICKETS $30 + BF from www.ticketek.com.au

Saturday 4th May
THE FORUM THEATRE
MELBOURNE, VIC
with Special Guests “STRANGE TENANTS” + “SAVONA SOUND SYSTEM”
Doors Open 8:00pm
BUY TICKETS $30.00 + BF from www.ticketmaster.com

Saturday 11th May
THE TIVOLI
BRISBANE, QLD
with Special Guests “CHEAP FAKES” + “MISTA SAVONA” (DJ Set)
Doors Open 7:30pm
BUY TICKETS $30 + BF from www.ticketek.com.au

“…the MSO shows just how much fun can be had with a cracking tune, great players and a keen sense of humour”
Polly Coufos – The Australian Newspaper

“Verdict – Infectious”
Daniel Johnson – Daily Telegraph

“…they’ve done the genre proud”
Daniel Johnson – Courier Mail

NUMBER ONE!!

Beyond excited and proud that the debut album for Melbourne Ska Orchestra has been #1 on the ARIA chart for Top 20 Jazz & Blues Albums!

This is the first #1 record FOUR FOUR has had to date…

http://www.ariacharts.com.au/chart/jazz-albums/992

chart number one