On Monday the Orwells released a new single off their upcoming album, Terrible Human Beings, coming February 17th.
“Double Feature”, a whopping 7-minute track, is the last song off the coming album and was played often as their final song in recent summer shows.
This comes as the third single release off the band’s soon-to-be junior album after the releases of “They Put A Body In The Bayou” and “Buddy”.
If these songs are any indication as what will be on this album, fans should look forward to another loud, in-your-face album from the Chicago natives.
The song starts off with a heavy guitar riff layered with lead singer Mario Cuomo’s always cleaver lyrics. It eventually leads to an awesome yelling portion of the vocals before a woozy mix of the ride symbol and guitar picking. The song is ended off with a heavy rocking outro capping off 7 minutes of madness that guitarist Matt O’Keefe claims, “is like one of those stories that got passed around in email chains and AOL message boards a decade ago”.
You can hear a slight maturity in the band in this song as you have slowly been able to over the past albums; but now, more than ever, they pose this out-for-no-good type of style in everything they do that makes their music that much better.
Along with this song release came the release of their Spring tour dates:
02/20 – Munich, DL @ Strom
02/21 – Berlin, DL @ Musik & Frieden
02/22 – Cologne, DL @ Luxor
02/23 – Utrecht, NL @ Den Helling
02/24 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
02/25 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Rotonde
02/27 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere
03/01 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
03/02 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hound
03/03 – Brighton, UK @ Haunt
03/04 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
03/05 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
03/07 – London, UK @ Scala
03/16 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
03/17 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
03/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
03/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
03/22 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
03/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Gallery
03/27 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers
03/28 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
03/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
03/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
03/31 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic
04/03 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
04/04 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
04/06 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
04/07 – Houston, TX @ The Secret Group
04/08 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
04/09 – Norman, OK @ Opolis
04/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Ready Bar
05/17 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
05/18 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
05/19 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
05/20 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
05/22 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
05/23 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB
05/24 – Albany, NY @ The Hollow
05/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
05/27 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar
05/31 – Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at the Outer Space
06/02 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
06/06 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
06/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
For the Orwells, this album will be a long time coming.
After their opening gig for Cage The Elephant in Council Bluffs this past summer, Cuomo described this record making process as “long and stressful” with having most of the material finished for a long time before its soon release.
All of that waiting time, however, has allowed for a good amount of touring and testing the songs out, leading to some awesome and improving live shows.
After all, the Orwells are known so greatly for their on-stage spectacle that brings a refreshing revival to punk antics in the 21st century.
Having rekindled the fire with Disgraceland producer Jim Abbiss on songs, listeners should expect a solid, refined Orwells sound come February.
Grown up? Maybe. Still raging? Always.