Get Smart – Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Get Smart – Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Band Biography from their webpage

In 2003, the time was right. A world-record attempt to have the largest number of horn players on stage at the same time playing the ska-skank saw a slew of musicians take the stage at St Kilda’s Gershwin Room, and although nobody remembered to check if the record had actually been set, from this sold-out performance the Melbourne Ska Orchestra was born. Assembled from some of Australia’s preeminent names in Ska and Reggae and fronted by inimitable frontman Nicky Bomba (Bomba, Bustamento, John Butler Trio), the soaring popularity of the band is seeing the MSO fast becoming a fixture of Australia’s musical landscape.

Out now on FOUR|FOUR, the self titled debut album from the Melbourne Ska Orchestra is the culmination of years of passion and performance from one of the most energetic and inspired ensembles currently winning over audiences right across the country. This is music at its most entertaining; vibrant, surprising, and with a beat to shame the Devil. This is Ska.

“…one of the most interactive and captivating bands around”

The Music, Helen Lear, ‘The Diplomat Tour’ Live Review, Sydney, 9 Nov 2013


“…magnetic, hypnotic, and altogether unreasonably enticing”

Glam Adelaide, Gordon Forester, ‘The Diplomat Tour’ Live Review, 21 Sept 2013


“Melbourne Ska Orchestra…deliver an expansive, polished and ultra-fun journey through ska’s multiple waves and global influences”

Time Off Magazine, Mitch Knox, Album Review, 5 June 2013

“…step-lively takes on everything from the Get Smart theme to “Papa’s got a Brand New Ska”

Rolling Stone Magazine, Album Review, May 2013

“worth the wait”

PBS Radio Feature Album March 2013

“The vibrancy and animation you find in the Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s debut self-titled album is a genuine ear opener. Composed of seasoned professional musicians who have perfected the ability to improvise, their overall sound can be described as nothing short of fresh and magical”.

Nikita Andrew, Lips Magazine, 28 March 2013

“The album itself is fresh and immediate. Ska lovers and reggae enthusiasts alike will warm to the sounds”

Rhythms Magazine, Kate Welsman

“Conductor Nicky Bomba has some of Melbourne’s finest musicians under the spell of his magic baton”

Album Review, Marc Zanotti, Music Feeds, March 2013

“…the band have predictably conquered the festival circuit, where their overflowing membership surprises the eyes while their music tickles the ears”

The Big Issue, No.22, Album Review, Doug Wallen, March 2013

“…while spirited covers are definitely a calling card for the ensemble, originals like Lygon Street Meltdown couldn’t have come from anyone – or anywhere – else”

The Big Issue, No.22, Album Review, Doug Wallen, March 2013

“This isn’t simply a Ska revival, but a delicately thought out concept with soaring arrangements that gives a nod to the traditional at the same time as remaining decidedly modern and giving the style an injection of life it doesn’t necessarily “need”, but is certainly most welcome”

“…this is the album of the year…Bless you Nicky Bomba for conceiving this band. 10/10″

Jon Jobbagy, Album Review, The AU Review, 2013

“…after watching frontman Nicky Bomba for five minutes – conducting the band, conducting the audience, riffing like an auctioneer and scatting like a jazz monster – it’s clear the man was born to be in front of an audience”

Tonedeaf, Live Review, Frances Vinall, Feb 2013


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