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 – ‘Third Time Lucky’ Video

Melbourne Ska Orchestra, the largest aggregation of its kind ever gathered on one stage anywhere in the world, have unveiled their globe-trotting video for Third Time Lucky, the latest cut to be taken from their 2013 self-titled debut album.

As readers can see below, it’s been a busy year for the fun-loving, always-skanking, 30+ piece group, comprised of some of Melbourne’s most beloved musicians, including members of John Butler Trio a la the collective’s charismatic leader, Nicky Bomba.

All the footage featured in the clip is taken from the Orchestra’s June-July trip throughout the Northern Hemisphere. The trek included several appearances at world-renowned festivals, such as the UK’s beloved Glastonbury Festival, Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Canada, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The band are now gearing up to close out this year’s Australasian Worldwide Music Expo in Melbourne this November. The event’s incredible finale will feature a massive party made up of all the bands whose members belong to the Melbourne Ska Orchestra – something no true ska fan will want to miss.

The AWME closing party will also be the backdrop for Nicky Bomba’s relaunch of his and Joe Camilleri’s Transmitter Records label. The outlet was forged to provide a home for reggae, ska, calypso, and world music in Australia and to provide an avenue of release for Nicky and Joe’s own compositions.

“The last couple of years has seen a great enthusiasm for our style of music and it seemed like a natural progression to step everything up,” said Nicky in a statement. Transmitter Records’ re-launch will see the label moving into a brand-new era, with an ever-expanding family of like-minded musicians.

To celebrate, Transmitter will be re-releasing gems from the label’s back catalogue, including a Bomba box set and releases by Limestone, Banana Oil, and Drums & Lions. Meanwhile, the AWME closing party will provide a showcase for new releases by Bustamento, Ska Vendors, and Mighty Duke and the Lords.

Melbourne Ska Orchestra National Tour Dates

w/Bustamento, The Ska Vendors, Mighty Duke & The Lords

Sunday, 16th November 2014
AWME Closing Party, The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
Tickets: The Hi-Fi

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

BOMBA and BUTLER dance to a new Ska…

In a personal statement to fans over the weekend, John Butler & Nicky Bomba announced the departure of Bomba from the John Butler Trio. Nicky’s involvement with his many successful projects, particularly the rise of the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, is the reason behind the change. Nicky and John both agreed on the focusing of energies as a positive step forward.

In May this year the Melbourne Ska Orchestra embarked on their first debut album tour, selling out venues in Sydney (The Metro), Melbourne (Forum) & Brisbane (The Tivoli) .The response was overwhelming, and the self-titled album gained rave reviews and radio support nationally.

To celebrate this new chapter, the band has just released a new single ‘THE DIPLOMAT’ from their acclaimed self-titled debut album. (A timely title given the election frenzy!). Setting out on tour in September, the 30-piece ramshackle juggernaut that is the Melbourne Ska Orchestra will hit BigSound (Brisbane), Adelaide, Fremantle & Perth, followed up by a host of festivals and a Sydney date in November.

The announcement seems to have received the respectful blessings of many fans with an understanding of John and Nicky’s long association.
It is evident the respect is high between the two, Butler stating:

Nicky has been a part of the Trio in some way or another in different forms over the past 10 years, and somehow I think he will always be some kind of thread in the weave that we are. We are blood and soul music brothers. But Nicky is a front man through and through, and over the last few years watching his amazing Melbourne Ska Orchestra go from strength to strength and the opportunities for this grand dream of his open up wider and wider I had to ask him, and myself; is now a good time for him to ride that horse while she’s heading for a full gallop? Seeing him play to a sold out Metro City gig in Sydney a few months ago made my heart full and happy. It felt and looked “right”. It is an amazing time in Nicky’s world as all his stars are aligning for his own project, and I honour that path completely and am so happy to watch my brother shine. John Butler

Nicky Bomba stated:

As a songwriter and performer in my own right, the time felt right to hop back on my own ship to nurture the stories I’ve created. Along with my other projects, The Melbourne Ska Orchestra has gathered some steam of late and the stretching of energies and clashing of dates meant something had to give. John and I understood the scenario and like seasoned travellers at a crossroad, we both happily agreed on this GPS recalculation! Nicky Bomba

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Melbourne Ska Orchestra present “THE DIPLOMAT TOUR”

Saturday 21st Sep
The Gov, Adelaide SA
59 Port Rd HINDMARSH
W/ BABYLON BURNING & DJS Kilmarnock Steve & Old Skool Andy
Tickets $35 + bf from , www.oztix.com.au & www.moshtix.com.au

Friday 27th Sep
Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Parry St, FREMANTLE
W/ BELEZA & DJ DAN GROK
Tickets $35 + bf from www.flybynight.org
Doors open 8pm

Saturday 28th Sep
Astor Theatre, Perth WA
659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, PERTH
W/ MOD SQUAD & DJ DAN GROK
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:
Thursday 12th Sep
BIGSOUND, Brisbane
For all details go to: 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

14-17 November
AWME, Melbourne
For more information see: www.awme.com.au

THE NEW SINGLE “THE DIPLOMAT” IS OUT NOW
THE “MELBOURNE SKA ORCHESTRA” ALBUM IS OUT NOW
AVAILABLE ON FOUR|FOUR / ABC

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