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Why it took so long for a lowdown, dirty garage rock band to name an album Disgraceland is a mystery. But the point is that The Orwells have finally done it, and it's a very deserving album indeed. The Chicago band were barely out of high school when they made some impressive noise with their 2012 debut, Remember When, and won David Letterman’s heart with an amusing appearance on his show in early 2013. Disgraceland is exactly what it should be: squalling guitars, crusty distortion, cranium-shattering tom assaults, and efficient melodies that are almost embarrassingly tasty and memorable. Mario Cuomo—whether singing of vomit-choking, motorcycle-crashing, or front-seat automobile-trysting—has an uncanny way of delivering a hooky turn of phrase with a voice hewn out of damp wood soaked in day-old beer. There’s really not a bad track here, but the grinding yowl of “The Righteous One” and the unhinged, relentless pummel of “Who Needs You” could bring Joey Ramone back. Not old enough to drink in most states, The Orwells could show many a grizzled rock band a thing or two.

Customer Reviews

Rebirth of Exciting Music

People need to take this as an example and start making raw music like this again. The music nowadays seem dull and repetetive!

Mellow and rocking

This album is perfect for people who like rock mixed with some mellowness! It's like the doors plus the black keys.

Wonderfully gritty and driven music

Fun, dirty, energetic rock and roll! Great album from start to finish


Formed: 2009 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The Orwells were attending high school in Elmhurst, Illinois when they formed in 2009. Cousins Mario Cuomo (vocals) and Dominic Corso (guitar) teamed up with brothers Grant (bass) and Henry Brinner (drums), alongside their friend Matt O'Keefe (guitar), and started making music together. Along with hitting the books and skating, the Orwells started recording their raucous indie rock songs. In 2011, they signed to L.A.-based blogger Justin Gage's Autumn Tone record label after they sent him a link...
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Disgraceland, The Orwells
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Indie Rock, Rock, Adult Alternative
  • Released: May 27, 2014

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