SIERRA-KILO-ALPHA ALBUM LAUNCH
Three years after the release of Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s (MSO) debut album comes the release of their second album, Sierra-Kilo-Alpha—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 MSO’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 2 years of very successful touring in the regions. So 2016 will see the new record released across the globe, with touring to follow.
MSO’s live performances are nothing short of spectacular. Touring with between 20 and 30 band members at all times, fans are in for a treat; it will be an unstoppable dance-floor at the Triffid!
Cheap Fakes’ latest album, Modern Vintage, is an aptly titled record that brings a modern approach to a classic brass-fuelled funk sound. As expected, with the magic touch of John Merchant (Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Bee Gees, Barbra Streisand), the production on the record is world-class and truly matched by impressive performances by the band. Merchant uses his experience to capture the essence of the band’s energetic live performance creating 14 songs ranging from 3:15 hook-filled tracks like Just In Case to progressive jams such as Sweet Suit.
The influence that John Merchant had on Modern Vintage can not only be heard in the production but also in the structure of the songs themselves. This is a result of an ongoing relationship between Merchant and the band that first began at an Australian music conference in 2013. Merchant was instantly drawn to Cheap Fakes’ sound and was especially impressed by Andrews’ unique vocal delivery. Then, after months of pre-production and many long Skype calls, Merchant made himself available to fly back (between sessions with Barbra Streisand) to record Modern Vintage out of pure passion and a belief in the band’s sound.