The Pavilion aka the upstairs room in Brick lanes – Vibe bar is an unusual setting to see The Orwells. The last time we saw caught the Chi-town residents was downstairs in the prestigious 100 club.
Tonight’s gig was only announced at short notice last week – But with the bands ever growing profile here in the UK they didn’t have any problems selling out the cosy 170 capacity venue. Blackpool three-piece Darlia provided the support with a hot-shelled twenty five set of Nirvana inspired post-grunge engulfing the non-air conditioned room in a wall of sweat.
Headliners The Orwells led by enigmatic frontman Mario Cuomo are renowned known for their unpredictability and tonight the band had to battle through technical issues with guitarist Dominic Corso’s pedals failing him on several occasions resulting his guitar being launched off stage during ‘Other Voices’.
The hour long set included several tracks taken from their upcoming LP ‘Disgraceland’ – ‘Southern Comfort’, ‘The Righteous One’ and ‘Who Needs You’ along with several covers including Gorillaz hit single ‘Clint Eastwood’, The Foundations’ ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ and The Stooges’ ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’.
Recent single ‘Dirty Sheets’ saw frontman Mario head over the barrier into the sweat-filled crowd losing a shoe as a result much to his dismay, bringing to an end another crazy-unpredictable set from the Chicago Punks.
By Michael Jamison