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They Came. They Saw. They Conquered: The Orwells at Underground Arts

The Orwells | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN
The Orwells | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

BuzzFeed can suck it. Punk rock is alive and well in the Millenial generation, and if you need proof look no further than The Orwells. The group of early-twenty-somethings who hail from the rural outskirts of Chicago grew up with a punk rock education that’s become increasingly prevalent among today’s college-aged kids. The group’s new album set to come out this February, Terrible Human Beings, will likely be the latest addition to a flurry of great garage-punk albums to come out in recent years.

It’s a list of bands that’s becoming ever more impressive, featuring acts like FIDLAR, Twin Peaks, Speedy Ortiz, Bully, Tacocat, Downtown Boys, The Summer Cannibals, and Philly’s own Sheer Mag. But without a doubt, chief among them is The Orwells. The Orwells have a more melodic take on punk than most other punk bands; it’s a sound not unlike that of The Replacements or The Clash. The band’s two albums to date are brilliant, but the band’s live show is what makes them stand out.

That show was on full display Friday night at Underground Arts. The Orwells kicked things off with the latest single from the new album called “They Put a Body in the Bayou,” sending the overwhelmingly under-25 crowd into a moshing frenzy. Continue reading →

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FIDLAR and The Orwells bring the party to the First Unitarian Church

FIDLAR at First Unitarian Church
FIDLAR at First Unitarian Church I All photos by James Breslin

Los Angeles skate punk band FIDLAR stopped by First Unitarian Church with flower punk kids The Orwells this past Friday night, in what was equal parts a show and a party. The Orwells opened the show with good vibes and simples grooves that got the crowd moving very quickly. The bass and drums were the driving force in this young band’s energetic set. The party got started with The Orwells, but it blew up once FIDLAR took the stage. As they opened with their party anthem “Cheap Beer,” the crowd went into a fit of yelling, moshing, and crowd surfing. The band went wild on stage, jerking around at any moment that they weren’t singing or yelling at the microphone. Vocalist and guitarist, Zac Carper, went especially bonkers as he laid on the ground and jumped into the crowd at one point. They played even faster than they do on record, and the crowd responded spectacularly. FIDLAR brought their garage rock full force during the entire set, and sounded really good especially considering the venue. Check out photos from the show below.

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Watch the The Orwells turn into a surreal version of The Supremes on the video for “Blood Bubbles”

orwells Chicago’s exciting punk rock kids The Orwells have a new video for “Blood Bubbles,” a song from their new Other Voices EP. The band returns to town on Friday, October 25 to the First Unitarian Church opening for Fidlar. The video for “Blood Bubbles” was directed by Eddie O’Keefe from The Teenage Head.

The ORWELLS – Blood Bubbles from Eddie O'KEEFE on Vimeo.

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Download “Other Voices” by The Orwells (Playing First Unitarian Church 10/25)

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Chicago-based garage rockers The Orwells will be releasing their new Other Voices EP on June 25th, and they’ll be touring across the country this fall with FIDLAR. Although the five-piece are barely out of high school, they’ve already secured a spot playing Lollapalooza this summer. Most of the songs on the new EP are available to stream on the band’s Soundcloud page; you can listen to and download their self-produced version of the track “Other Voices” below. It’s a rollicking good time – a brash rock n roll tune that makes you wish you were at a beer soaked house party. You can catch them with surfy punks FIDLAR on October 25th at the First Unitarian Church.

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Teenage garage/punk rock kids The Orwells playing the North Star in March

Here’s a show that you may not want to let slip by: The Orwells are playing the North Star Bar on Saturday, March 2nd. These Chicago based garage/punk rock teenage high school kids more than deliver the rock on their debut album Remember When. Released last August on Autumn Tone Records, the album is a beautiful mess of classic teenage rock and roll. It’s everything a rock and roll record in the truest sense should be – it has loud guitars, bashing drums, torrid, screamy vocals, songs about doing things bored teenage kids do and songs about the existential issues teenage kids think about. Sure, it’s all been done before, but on Remember When, The Orwells seem to capture the moment just right. Don’t miss these kids. They may inspire you to go back in to the garage.