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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
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Albums by
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Top Songs by
The Orwells

  1.   Song
  2.   Who Needs You
  3.   They Put a Body in the Bayou
  4.   Black Francis
  5.   Halloween All Year
  6.   Mallrats
  7.   Buddy
  8.   Double Feature
  9.   Last Call (Go Home)
  10.   Southern Comfort
  11.   Body Reprise
  12.   Painted Faces and Long Hair
  13.   The Righteous One
  14.   Bathroom Tile Blues
  15.   In My Bed
  16.   Ring Pop
  17.   Heavy Head
  18.   M.A.D.
  19.   Norman
  20.   Salvation Is A Parking Lot
  21.   Head
  22.   Under the Flowers
  23.   Hallway Homicide
  24.   Vacation
  25.   Always N Forever
  26.   Like No One Else
  27.   All the Cool Kids
  28.   Hippie Soldier
  29.   Creatures
  30.   Fry
  31.   Let It Burn
  32.   Gotta Get Down
  33.   Dirty Sheets
  34.   Open Your Eyes
  35.   Blood Bubbles
  36.   Other Voices
  37.   Ancient Egypt
  38.   Suspended
  39.   Lays at Rest
  40.   Never Ever
  41.   North Ave.

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