12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Orwells formed in ninth grade and issued this debut album Remember When barely out of high school. While their mix of garage, indie and punk rock is not unfamiliar, their energy and bratty playfulness is a welcome addition to a grand tradition that includes Keith Moon, Iggy Pop, Dee Dee Ramone, and Sky Saxon (The Seeds). Songs like “Mallrats (La La La),” “All The Cool Kids,” “Suspended” and “Painted Faces and Long Hair” joyfully goof on their youth and on the ridiculous predicaments that occur when one’s hormones are raging and everyone is staying up too late. Singer Mario Cuomo has a naturally divisive stage presence that was highlighted during a controversial appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, where chaos reigned supreme. The group’s raw exuberance and Cuomo’s moody lead singer weirdness made for genuine fireworks, the same that can be heard throughout this debut album. Vintage organ lurks behind the madness of “Hallway Homicide,” where guitarist Dominic Corso reels off some nasty guitar leads. The blare of unison vocals on the chorus of “In My Bed” is another moment of raw beauty.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Orwells formed in ninth grade and issued this debut album Remember When barely out of high school. While their mix of garage, indie and punk rock is not unfamiliar, their energy and bratty playfulness is a welcome addition to a grand tradition that includes Keith Moon, Iggy Pop, Dee Dee Ramone, and Sky Saxon (The Seeds). Songs like “Mallrats (La La La),” “All The Cool Kids,” “Suspended” and “Painted Faces and Long Hair” joyfully goof on their youth and on the ridiculous predicaments that occur when one’s hormones are raging and everyone is staying up too late. Singer Mario Cuomo has a naturally divisive stage presence that was highlighted during a controversial appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman, where chaos reigned supreme. The group’s raw exuberance and Cuomo’s moody lead singer weirdness made for genuine fireworks, the same that can be heard throughout this debut album. Vintage organ lurks behind the madness of “Hallway Homicide,” where guitarist Dominic Corso reels off some nasty guitar leads. The blare of unison vocals on the chorus of “In My Bed” is another moment of raw beauty.

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4.6 out of 5
102 Ratings
102 Ratings
nbdrummer

Velvet Underground's debut album..?

Anyone else notice that the iTunes Editor Note's section of this album is about Velvet Underground's debut album? Interesting.

pie master

Tingles in meh Pringles

This is what beautiful sounds taste like.

Ps it makes me tingle

Unknown 04

Gotta have

These guys are awesome. It's good to know bands can still make music like this.

About The Orwells

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 to their video with hopes it would lead to being featured on his website. The combination of their raw youth and rasping melodies on single "Mallrats (La La La)" was picked up by bloggers and was swiftly followed by the release of their debut album, Remember When, in 2012. They graduated high school early in 2013 and immediately set out on the road and toured nonstop for the majority of the year, stopping briefly to record the Other Voices EP with TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek in the summer.

Their frenetic live performances brought interest from a host of major labels, but they eventually signed to Atlantic Records and headed to the studio with producer Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian) to work on new material. The following year they toured North America with Arctic Monkeys and made a memorable appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. Their sophomore effort, Disgraceland, was released in 2014 and reached number 69 on the Billboard album chart. The Orwells spent time touring and hanging out in their shared apartments (one of which housed an indoor skate ramp), and started working on songs for their next album. Inspired by films and books, Cuomo pushed himself to write more mature lyrics. The other bandmembers responded by cleaning up their sound and, with the help of producer Jim Abiss, added some sonic muscle to the songs. Terrible Human Beings was released by Atlantic at the beginning of 2017. ~ Scott Kerr

ORIGIN
Chicago, IL
FORMED
2009

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