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 Jason Pebworth
George Astasio
Johnny Lonely
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.


Originally the band called itself Halogen. 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]

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.[2]

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.[3]

Orson have 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.[4]


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 (John Bentjen) 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.

Former members[edit]

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


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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