Live Review: The Orwells @ 100 Club (NME Awards Show) 24.02.14

The Orwells @ 100 Club

The Orwells @ 100 Club

If there was one band post 77’ that could fit the bill to play the legendary 100 club on London’s bustling Oxford Street then it has to be Chicago Punks The Orwells. Although barely out of their teens notoriety already proceeds them and if anyone saw their performance on Letterman’s show last-month you’ll know were talking about!

Tonight frontman Mario Cuomo rocks-up onstage swigging from his bottle of house red (which duly gets polished) before opener ‘Other Voices’ reminds us there is actually a smidgen of musical-substance behind their old school “Rock n Roll” mentality.

The 50 minute set includes a mix of new and old, debut single Mallrats (La La La) and new track ‘Dirty Sheets’ go down a storm with the crowd. In between the band indulge a-little with three brand new tracks for our ears, titled ‘Bathroom Tile Blues’, ‘Gotta Get Down’ and ‘Let It Burn’.

The five-piece also time found time for a short cover of The Foundations ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ which created a brief sing-along, before ending the night was the anti-establishment bashing ‘Who Needs You’ which concludes with one girl onstage grappling and kissing Mario’s face-off… I’d be surprised if he was in any-state to remember the next morning!

By Michael Jamison

The Orwells played:

  • ‘Other Voices’
  • ‘Righteous One’
  • ‘Dirty Sheets’
  • ‘Halloween All Year’
  • ‘In My Bed’
  • ‘Gotta Get Down’
  • ‘Let It Burn’
  • ‘Not A Problem’
  • ‘Blood Bubbles’
  • ‘Bathroom Tile Blues’
  • ‘Mallrats’
  • ‘Who Needs You’

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