I asked the lead singer of The Orwells Mario Cuomo what the band’s goal was, and his response – “It might not be good to have one. If you reach that, then you’ll be totally fucked.”
And going from garage band to world tour in just a few years, I think I’ll take that advice. And even so, the band doesn’t have any delusions of fast fame; they just want to keep getting better, playing music for themselves and anyone else that enjoys it and make being in a band a little cooler in their hometown.
They aren’t perfect. Far from it. And only one of them is (barely) old enough to drink a beer. But the music is real and that is what makes it so good. They aren’t taking you on a trip to outer space, it’s a rock and roll show, influenced by the Black Lips and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
The Orwells band members met in high school, two of them brothers, and gradually gained attention. Next week, these kids take the stage at Irving Plaza October 15, supporting their latest album Disgraceland. According to Cuomo, the eleven tracks are a “good representation of the last couple of years,” surfing through themes of the lust and angsty politics of bored teenagers in the suburbs of Chicago.
But there won’t be a Disgraceland part two. Cuomo called the album a closing point and wants to start a new chapter, switching the focus of his lyrics.
“I don’t want to talk about high school anymore. I don’t want to talk about politics. Now it is time to talk about other things I’m interested in. Like bullshit, like stories, like fiction. I’d rather write a song about a horror movie or a samurai – it’s not personal, I’ve never been a samurai, but I think it is interesting. How boring would movies be if everything was written about something that happened in the director’s life.”