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The Orwells

Remember When

(Autumn Tone; US: 7 Aug 2012; UK: 6 Aug 2012)

Teenage garage rock that doesn't act its age.

The Orwells are a group of teenagers from the west suburbs of Chicago. They have shaggy hair and wear tattered jeans and sneakers. Their songs have titles like “Mallrats (La La La)” and “All the Cool Kids” and “Suspended”. But it would be a mistake to dismiss them as just another high school band.


Remember When, the group’s debut album, is a surprisingly assured slice of contemporary garage rock. The guitars jangle and scrape. The rhythm section swaggers and grooves. But the secret weapon here is singer Mario Cuomo’s leering voice, which alternates between snotty and suggestive.


No, there’s nothing groundbreaking on this album, but the songs show that the Orwells are on to something. It could be fun watching this band grow up.

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Matt Arado is an award-winning journalist and entertainment writer who lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two boys. He is also pursuing an MFA degree in creative writing at Columbia College Chicago. He kicks himself daily for never having seen Husker Du, Nirvana or the Jesus Lizard live on stage. Follow him on Twitter at @mjarado.


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