Australia’s Top 40 chart is currently inundated with [national and international] artists making songs of [the genres] pop, dance, electronic, R&B, hip-hop and the like, so it’s refreshing to know that there are bands out there still making good ol’ rock and roll music.
The Orwells from Chicago, Illinois are one of those bands doing exactly that and they’re currently in Australia for the first time ever to appear at a few festivals happening around the country as well as play some headlining shows on their own to show (and perhaps remind) our country what rock and roll is.
Their debut album “Terrible Human Beings” was released earlier this year and Aussie punters will finally get the chance to experience their live shows, which have been known to have a reputation of their own for their energy and unpredictability of not knowing what can happen on the night.
Confession: Prior to being asked to interview them, we didn’t know all that much about The Orwells, so we took this chance as the perfect opportunity to get to know them a little better.
Scroll down for a short and quick interview with the band’s vocalist Mario Cuomo.
Who are you guys and what are you guys all about?
We’re 5 guys, we make rock and roll music. We’re about making songs and playing in front of people.
You’re often referred to as the brat rock crew, the scrappy punk band, the garage rock rascals – How did you get this reputation??
Being young during an awful time for music journalism.
Your record is titled “Terrible Human Beings”. Are you referring to yourselves or are you spreading the word about another group of people? If so, who?
Taking the words out of someone’s mouth that we don’t hang out with and have never met us.
You’ve been touring your latest record pretty heavily in the States and around the world since its release. What song/s from the new album gets the best response live?
‘Hippy Soldier’, everyone likes a singalong.
How has your sound/songwriting changed from the first song you wrote to your latest single, ‘Vacation’?
It has nothing to do with chicks.
60s pop. 70s hard rock. 80s indie. What was the best era for music and what are you listening to these days?
Lotta new wave n synth horror soundtracks, good montage music to walk to the gas station to.
You’re about to embark on a national tour of Australia, playing a bunch of festivals and side-shows – how are you feeling about it and what can fans expect from your live shows?
I hear they’re real party animals down there, hope they don’t disappoint.
Which do you prefer – playing the big music festivals/stadiums or performing at the more intimate venues? Does the mood of the night or your audience ever influence a change in your set-list?
Shit crowd, shit show, call us immature but I ain’t that great an actor yet.
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not on the road or recording?
Movies and skating.
You’re from Chicago. How do you feel about deep-dish pizza – do you rate it, or is it over-rated? Also, where is the best place to get deep-dish pizza? 🙂
Lou Malnatis, best in the city.
The Orwells are currently in Australia for a string of festival performances and side-shows. Be sure to check them out when they’re in your town at one of the shows listed below:
THE ORWELLS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.theorwells.com
Thursday 21 Sept – The Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW
Friday 22 Sept – The Foundry, Brisbane QLD
Saturday 23 Sept – Jack Rabbit Slims, Perth WA
Thursday 28 Sept – Red Bull Sound Select, Melbourne VIC
Friday 29 Sept – Red Bull Sound Select, Sydney NSW
Saturday 30 Sept – Sweaty Palms, Central Coast NSW
Sunday 1 Oct – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong NSW
Wednesday 4 Oct – Sosueme. @ Beach Road Hotel, Bondi NSW