See why the exciting young garage rock band are comparing themselves to One Direction.
Of all the subgenres of music emerging these days, The Orwells, as they describe themselves, stand in a league of their own: “hot, horny, and seductive."
The Illinois rockers formed when the five members – Mario Cuomo (vocals), Dominic Corso (guitar), Matt O’Keefe (guitar) Grant Brinner (bass) and Harry Brinner (drums) -- met in middle school, which was not that long ago.
“We realized we dug the same kind of tunes," said Cuomo. "Then a series of failed bands led to The Orwells.”
In 2011, The Orwells caught the attention of Justin Gage, a blogger for Aquarium Drunkard, who signed the band to his Autumn Tone label. Cuomo, who is a year older than the others, graduated high school in 2012 but had to wait before the band could begin to focus full time on music. The biggest challenge, says Cuomo, was “convincing my parents not to kick me out of the house for a year while I waited for the rest of the band to graduate."
Autumn Tone released The Orwells' debut album 'Remember When' in August 2012, which led to MTV calling the group “one of the most criminally overlooked artists” of the year. Last month, the band released a new EP, 'Who Needs You' (East End/Canvasback). After playing Lollapalooza in August, they are no longer being overlooked.
While there’s no specific theme to the album, Cuomo explains that 'Who Needs You,' which was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio, tackles “the lust and want for basic needs like love and freedom.”
Tracks like 'Who Needs You,' which NPR's All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen deemed his official summer anthem, and 'Open Your Eyes' center around issues of lack of satisfaction with “the hand you are dealt," explains Cuomo, "doing whatever you can to improve your circumstances, and not worrying about what it takes or who you’ll disappoint."
The Orwells are currently in the midst of a North American tour with FIDLAR. Aside from promoting their album, Cuomo says the goal for this year is to score more groupies than pop band One Direction. That’s when they’ll know they’ve “officially” made it.
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