Tuesday, March 07, 2006

CD of the Day, 3/7/06: Orson-Bright Idea

Mark my words, these guys are going to be next big thing. This LA band is already building a buzz in the UK, where this album is going to be released in May. Lead single "No Tomorrow" is already a smash over there.

According to play.com, Orson play what their singer Jason Pebworth calls simply "two-guitar power-pop", or, equally simply, "rock and roll that girls can dance to". But this is power pop with a more modern sound, and these guys borrow some from Franz Ferdinand and the Scissor Sisters, as well as from some classic influences like the Stones. The album opens with the title track, which is a great power pop tune with its driving beat; "No Tomorrow" is full of sass and has a slinky groove; "Already Over" reminds me of The 88 via Cheap Trick and Butch Walker; and "Tryin' to Help" rocks like TSAR. They then move into danceable territory with the Ferdinandesque "So Ahead of Me" and "Last Night". "Look Around" is the obligatory ballad a la Jet's "Look What You've Done", and then they return to power pop with the last two tracks, "Save The World" and "OK Song", the latter of which reminds me of the Valley Lodge release that was in my top 20 of 05.

As for US availablity, I'm not sure. This album was originally released in 2004 via cd baby (where I picked it up what seems like eons ago), and the page for it remains here. The page says "coming back in stock soon", and you can leave your email with cd baby to be notified when they have it. So perhaps it's a temporary thing, and they haven't pulled it from there as a result of the upcoming UK release. Unfortunately, there are only 3 samples streaming on cd baby, so you'd be better served going to their myspace page, where "No Tomorrow", "Bright Idea" and "Tryin' to Help" are streaming in full, along with a video for "No Tomorrow". But the good news is that you can stream one-minute samples of the remainder of the tracks at their official site.

Currently available or not, I probably won't need to do too much reminding if it's not available until later on, because I have the feeling you'll end up sick of reading about these guys by the end of the year. So do what you can to enjoy their music before the hype takes over.

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