While on tour in Seattle last month, The Orwells stopped by the city's KEXP radio station to perform a set of four songs that will appear on their upcoming album, Disgraceland, which is due out on June 3rd. Above, watch them tear though "Let It Burn," "Dirty Sheets," "Righteous One" and "Who Needs You," and sit in for a short interview with host Greg Vandy.
After "Let It Burn," Vandy shared a little-known fact about The Orwells being, in essence, a family band. Drummer Henry Brimmer and bassist Grant Brimmer are twins, guitarist Dominic Corso and frontman Mario Cuomo are cousins, and the brother of Matt O'Keefe, the second guitarist, makes the band's videos. Vandy then asked asked about the upcoming album, mentioning how much he liked Remember When, the band's self-recorded debut, and O'Keefe responded:
"It's still in the same vein as the last one. We just had a little more resources that we could work with, so we took advantage of it and saw what would happen if we got to work with some of our favorite producers in actual studios and got a lot more instruments to mess around with. But we didn't stray too far from Remember When's path."
Those producers in question are Jim Abbiss (who's produced albums by Björk and Arctic Monkeys), Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Chris Coady (Grizzly Bear, Foals), constituting a lineup of some of indie rock's most respected names. But compared with most of the bands those producers have worked with The Orwells have much more of a garage-oriented sound, the main influences of which O'Keefe said are, "The Nuggets box sets, and then the revival of that, which was like Black Lips and Ty Segall."
If you like no-frills rock songs about tasting bodies, drinking beers and double dares, The Orwells should be your new go-to band. Preorder Disgraceland on The Orwells’ official website, and check out more of their music, videos and news on their Zumic artist page. The setlist of their KEXP show is below.
The Orwells live on KEXP 3/25/2014:
"Let It Burn"
"Who Needs You"
Source: KEXP Official YouTube Channel