The interviews that Nardwuar conducted during SXSW just keep rolling in. The "Human Serviette" has already shared videos with Schoolboy Q and Charli XCX, and now he's let loose an eleven minute interview with Chicago garage rock upstarts The Orwells. Watch it above.
Nardwuar begins by mentioning that Orwells frontman Mario Cuomo shares his name with the former Governor of New York, and then explains in nearly the most awkward manner possible that he wrote a song called "Mario Cuomo Works at Domo" in 1998 (Domo is a Canadian gas station). On this, and other occasions throughout the interview, Nardwuar's strange tactics for eliciting stories are met, understandably, by blank expressions from The Orwells.
Nardo then goes on to mention the band's frequent covering of Iggy Pop & The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog," asking if fans have ever mistaken the song for an Orwells original (which, sadly, they have). He then gifts the band a live Stooges album and a bobblehead of guitarist James Williamson. After some discussion about Cuomo's penchant for pantsless public appearances and a "superfan" of the band named Eric "The Nihilist" Kolkey, the interview moves on to an Orwells rarity: the song "Blunts" by MC MC.
The song is The Orwells' "one and only rap song," released under a pseudonym and sounding pretty typical of the band until Cuomo starts dropping verses about Bacardi, kush and a girl dropping her "ass like it's acid." Cuomo talks about the song's popularity ("like, 3,000 YouTube views"), and Nardwuar rewards the group's love of hip hop with some Tribe Called Quest goodies. The last memorable part of this interview (at least for my native Washingtonian ass) is Nardwuar asking the group about eating at the famous Ivar's seafood restaurant in Seattle, which he compares to Chicago's Harold's Chicken. Cuomo struggles to remember the restaurant, but then explains how another staple of Evergreen State diets interfered with his enjoyment of the food: "I threw it up like 20 minutes later after I shotgunned a Ranier."
All in all, this was another tremendously enjoyable interview from Nardwuar, who seems to be amassing those at a rate unmatched by any other music journalist. Check out more of The Orwells' music, videos and news right here on Zumic.