15 September 2011

Unearthed Review: Sunchaser & the Wayward Orchestra. Four and a half stars

| johnboy
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Sunchaser & the Wayward Orchestra

Unearthed Review continues its inexorable progress through the Canberra musicians on the TripleJ Unearthed website.

By popular request today we’re having a listen to Sunchaser & the Wayward Orchestra.

They have this to say about themselves:

Amid the carnage of used coffee mugs, discarded pizza boxes and empty pale ale bottles Sunchaser & the Wayward Orchestra rose from their collective couch to record 6 fresh tracks of Celtic, Classical, Electro tinged Stadium rock songs. Although the ensemble is happy to describe themselves as a rock band with mini rock orchestra they also happily tread through the sound scapes of many genres, from the street corner barbershop vocals and Celtic rock electric violin in Paid to Smile to the religious zealot preacher ranting his way into the classical rock intro of Rescue. Sunchaser & the Wayward Orchestra place no limits when it comes to capturing the right sonic atmosphere for the vision of the lyrics.

Jason Campbell-Smith, Band front man and carnival ringleader for this collective of like minded souls was awarded 1st and 3rd place in the rock/indie category at the 2008 Australian Songwriter Association Awards. He also took out ‘Songwriter of the Year’ the highest honour for new original songwriters. The band performed live at the highly prestigious event which has since been broadcasted on Australian TV.

The band has also received:
– Airplay on Australian and International Radio.
– Song placement on the ‘ASP International Surfing Tournament 2007’ broadcasted to 275 million people worldwide, including Free-To-Air & Cable TV in Australia, as well as the US, Japan, Europe and South Africa.
– Several top 5 positions in international Song Contests.

Do you like old Bon Jovi records? If you ever waved a lighter in a stadium you’re really going to like Sunchaser & the Wayward Orchestra.

The recording might sound a little scratchy at first, but suits the music well.

This is great stuff, redolent of 70s rock anthems, and very well arranged to take advantage of classical instrumentation.

Well worth the download.

Four and a half stars.

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