If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither straitlaced nor straightfaced, but neither are they vaudevillestyle kitsch and they’re coming to Australia this July!
As group member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape.
Originally formed two decades ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon with a massive fan base, more than 80 million views on YouTubeand proven success with holiday releases, 2008’s HOLIDAY SPIRITS and 2009’s CHRISTMAS CHEERS as well as WITH A TWIST (their first full length departure from holiday music (2010), UNDER THE INFLUENCE (2013), UNDER THE INFLUENCE: HOLIDAY EDITION (2013), THE NEW OLD FASHIONED (2015) and THE ART OF A CAPPELLA (a 2 CD deluxe edition of songs picked by Straight No Chaser from their catalogue for this special edition available 1 July, 2016). Under the Influence featured guest artists including Sara Bareilles,Phil Collins, Elton John, Jason Mraz,Dolly Parton, Seal, Rob Thomas and Stevie Wonder.
Their 2013 Holiday EP, titled Under the Influence: Holiday Editionincluded a track with the legendary Sir Paul McCartneyand their 2014 Christmas track entitled Text me Merry Christmas featured singer/actress Kirsten Bell.
The group originally came together in 1996 at IU, basically as “10 guys who happened to be good friends who also liked to sing.” Choosing the members carefully for personality as well as vocal talent, SNC set itself apart from other a cappella groups with its contemporary repertoire and dynamic approach, quickly headlining concerts both in Bloomington and on road dates.
When the founders began graduating in 1999 and went on to jobs mostly outside of music, they chose replacements and established SNC as an ongoing group on campus with future generations of ambitious IU undergrads. More than 100 members have passed through the group’s ranks so far. Such was the impact SNC made at IU that the school hosted a 10th anniversary reunion show for the original lineup in 2006, and when Stine posted clips from a 1998 concert on YouTube, SNC’s fan base grew exponentially. In 2007 alone, the group’s version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” was viewed more than seven million times. Today that number has surpassed 20 million.
Straight no chaser is the real deal, the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humour. On the road, Straight No Chaser has built a reputation as an unforgettable live act.
Australian audiences are in for a treat of beautiful harmonies, much loved songs with not a blue blazer in sight!
Pre-sale starts 10:00am Thursday 21st April. On sale Friday 22nd April. Tickets via: www.wearenice.com.au
Wednesday 13 July. Astor Theatre, Perth
Friday 15 July. The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday 16 July. Seymour Centre, Sydney
Sunday 17 July. The Palms at Crown. Melbourne