Rock 'n' roll was never meant to be tame.
When American television bosses censored Elvis Presley by shooting him from the waist up, the King didn't suddenly take up the waltz: he simply kept on bumpin' and grindin' to his heart's content.
The Orwells seem to tap into this dirty, unfettered spirit. Live, the band are a chaotic blur of country riffs, moonshine whiskey and quicksilver slide guitar.
New single 'Dirty Sheets' is out on January 13th, following a short burst of adrenaline fuelled UK shows. Attacking the toilet circuit with all the glee of two year olds let loose with the prize china, The Orwells are imbued with a twinkling, evil charm.
Truly, these are children you wouldn't allow near the scissors unsupervised... Clash have managed to obtain some live footage, shot at a recent headline London show.
Frontman Mario Cuomo is wearing a leopard skin blouse, slashed open to reveal his chest drenched in sweat. The band careen around him, with The Orwells sounding like a surreal, dream-like re-incarnation of the New York Dolls.
Watch it now.
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'Dirty Sheets' is set to be released on January 13th. The Orwells are set to play the following UK shows:
20 Birmingham The Hare and Hounds
21 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
22 Glasgow Broadcast
25 Brighton The Haunt
27 Manchester Night & Day
1 Bristol Thekla
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