Orson (band)

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Background information
Origin Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Rock, power pop
Years active 2000–2007
Labels Mercury
Past members George Astasio
Johnny Lonely
Jason Pebworth
Chad Rachild
Johnny Fedevich
Jason Byrum
Chris Cano
Kevin Roentgen

Orson was a Brit Award-winning American rock band from Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, formed in 2000.


Orson started its life under the name of "Halogen" in 2000; and consisted of vocalist Jason Pebworth, guitarists George Astasio and Chad Rachild, bassist Johnny Lonely (aka John Bentjen), and drummer Johnny Fedevich. Within the first year of the band's existence, Fedevich was replaced by Jason Byrum, who himself was replaced by Chris Cano; creating the line-up of the band that would exist for most of the rest of its' history.

Their self-financed debut studio album, Bright Idea, released by Mercury Records in 2006, was produced in Los Angeles by Noah Shain and achieved chart success in the UK with the first single, "No Tomorrow". The album and single both debuted at number 1 (UK). Bright Idea went Platinum in the UK charts and has gone on to sell just under a million copies worldwide.[1] It was during the latter stages of the recording of this album that Rachild departed the band and was replaced by Kevin Roentgen.[2]

The band first performed on UK radio during a live session on BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary Show. Later, when they appeared at the 2006 Virgin Mobile V Festival in Staffordshire and Chelmsford in the UK, lead singer Jason Pebworth exclaimed, "It's good to be home!" This is because the band moved to London from Los Angeles in 2006.

Lead singer Jason Pebworth said in an interview that the band's musical influences are Led Zeppelin, Flaming Lips, Beck and Björk.[3]

Other UK television appearances include Concert for Diana, Top of the Pops, Pop World, 1 Leicester Square MTV UK w/Russell Brand, Sharon Osbourne Show, The Charlotte Church Show, Davina and Top Gear.

In 2007, Orson won the Brit Award for Best International Breakthrough Act for their second album Culture Vultures; before deciding to disband shortly thereafter.[4][5]

During the course of the band's life, Orson toured as support act for Duran Duran, Robbie Williams and Basement Jaxx as well as headlined their own UK tours multiple times from 2006-2007. Festivals they have played include Fuji Rock, T in the Park, Oxegen, V Festival, Pukkelpop and Lowlands.[6]


Signed to Universal Publishing, Pebworth and George Astasio remain successful writers and producers under the name The Invisible Men, along with colleague Jon Shave, formerly of Xenomania. They have already had hits with artists like The Noisettes and Gabriella Cilmi, and also work with Iggy Azalea and Jessie J.

Johnny Lonely continues to perform as well as managing new artists as 'Lo Pro' in Los Angeles, and performed with Roentgen on the Hott Mess EP.

Chris Cano works continuously as a drummer and toured with mega-band Ozomatli.


Chris Cano, Johnny Lonely and Kevin Roentgen formed the band Goldsboro in 2010, and independently released their debut album produced by Noah Shain in the Spring 2012. They were hand-picked by Guns N' Roses to open their Up Close and Personal Tour March 2012 "LA Takeover" shows at the Wiltern and House of Blues. Their song "Angels" appeared in Season 4 (Episode 11) of Sons Of Anarchy. Their song "Great White Buffalo" has received repeated airplay by Sex Pistols Steve Jones on Jonesy's Jukebox on Los Angeles radio station KROQ.




2000 2000 2000-2006 2006-2007
  • George Astasio - guitars
  • Johnny Fedevich - drums
  • Johnny Lonely - bass
  • Jason Pebworth - vocals
  • Chad Rachild - guitars
  • George Astasio - guitars
  • Johnny Lonely - bass
  • Jason Pebworth - vocals
  • Chad Rachild - guitars
  • Jason Byrum - drums
  • George Astasio - guitars
  • Johnny Lonely - bass
  • Jason Pebworth - vocals
  • Chad Rachild - guitars
  • Chris Cano - drums
  • George Astasio - guitars
  • Johnny Lonely - bass
  • Jason Pebworth - vocals
  • Chris Cano - drums
  • Kevin Roentgen - guitars


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2006 Bright Idea 51 29 48 32 38 1
  • UK: Platinum
2007 Culture Vultures
  • Released: October 22, 2007
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2006 "No Tomorrow" 21 61 17 65 26 100 40 24 1 Bright Idea
"Bright Idea" 34 11
"Happiness" 27
"Already Over" 174
2007 "Ain't No Party" 78 21 Culture Vultures

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