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The Orwells: Remember When

Matt Arado

Five teens from suburban Chicago make a surprisingly assured racket on their debut album.


The Orwells

Remember When

Label: Autumn Tone
US Release Date: 2012-08-07
UK Release Date: 2012-08-06
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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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