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 strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsc – and they’re coming to Australia this July! As original 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 32 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with holiday releases, 2008’s HOLIDAY SPIRITS and 2009’s CHRISTMAS CHEERS as well as WITH A TWIST (released in 2010), UNDER THE INFLUENCE (released in 2013) and THE NEW OLD FASHIONED (released in 2015). 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 Edition included a track with Paul McCartney and they 2014 Christmas track entitled Text me Merry Christmas featured singer/actress Kirsten Bell. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, 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 humor.