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

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