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|Origin||Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock, power pop|
|Past members||George Astasio
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 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 in the UK. Bright Idea went Platinum in the UK charts and went on to sell just under a million copies worldwide. Rachild departed the band a year after recording Bright Idea and was replaced by Kevin Roentgen.
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.
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.
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 manages new artists under the name 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 the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones on Jonesy's Jukebox on Los Angeles radio station KROQ.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2006||"No Tomorrow"||21||61||17||65||26||100||40||24||1||Bright Idea|
|2007||"Ain't No Party"||—||—||—||—||—||78||—||—||21||Culture Vultures|
In popular culture
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- Their single "Tryin' to Help" featured in the 2006 romantic comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing.
- Orson were nominated by Q magazine for "Best New Artist of 2006" along with Lily Allen, Arctic Monkeys, Corinne Bailey Rae and The Kooks.
- Orson appeared at the Concert for Diana on 1 July 2007.