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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
The Orwells

Top Songs by
The Orwells

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

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