Live Review: The Orwells @ Dingwalls, Camden 06.06.14


In the week The Orwells released their brilliant sophomore LP ‘Disgraceland’ the band played a raucous sold-out show at Dingwalls in the heart of Camden Town.

The Elmhurst, Illinois residents can be labelled as many things but being choreographed isn’t one of them… False starts littered the set – as did losing front-man Mario Cuomo several times to the over enthusiastic crowd. And that’s what’s most charming about the band, they know how to put on a hot, sweaty and a predictably-unpredictable live show and tonight was all of that.

The Arctic Monkeys taunts were kept in the locker (thankfully) and instead they focused on producing a frenetic set covering key tracks from their new LP ‘Disgraceland’. ‘Dirty Sheets’ and ‘Southern Comfort’ in particular brought on a near riot in the crowd keeping the worn out security on their toes.

Tracks from their 2012 debut ‘Remember When’ were also well received, particularly the anthemic ‘Mallrats (La La La)’ and they continued their customary short-sharp cover of The Foundations, ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’…

Leaving the stage after an hour with a semi-naked Mario Cuomo in tow, The Orwells continue to turn heads and cause controversy… But they’re not here to be your best-friend and that’s the way we like em.

******** (8/10)

By Michael Jamison

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