The Orwells get straight to the rock in The Current studio

The Orwells perform in The Current studio
The Orwells perform in The Current studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
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  • The Orwells - Buddy (Live on The Current) 01:27
  • The Orwells - Vacation (Live on The Current) 02:52
  • The Orwells perform in The Current studio (full session + interview) 14:24

Although the Orwells are from Chicago, lead vocalist Mario Cuomo is wearing a Minnesota Vikings sweatshirt. He makes clear he's not pandering. "[I'm a] big fan, since the baby days," Cuomo says, "growing up watching Vikings games with my grandpa, and I just always stuck with them."

Touring in support of their third studio album, Terrible Human Beings, the Orwells are playing a sold-out show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, and Cuomo says he'll wear a Vikings jersey during the show. Before the gig, the Orwells — Cuomo, guitarists Matt O'Keefe and Dominic Corso, bassist Grant Brinner and drummer Henry Brinner — stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Mac Wilson.

The song "They Put a Body in the Bayou" contains eerie imagery, but the tone of Terrible Human Beings seems fun in spite of that. O'Keefe says the process of making the album was definitely enjoyable. "This is probably the most fun we've had, even writing the songs," he says. "It was a good time."

The Orwells primarily let the music do the talking, wasting little time getting right into the rock. Use the audio player above to hear the complete in-studio session with the Orwells.

Songs Performed


"They Put a Body in the Bayou"
"Buddy"
"Vacation"
All songs from the Orwells' 2017 album, Terrible Human Beings, available on Atlantic Records.

Hosted by Mac Wilson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark and Elijah Deaton-Berg
Photos and web feature by Luke Taylor

Resources


The Orwells - official site

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    Mario Cuomo of The Orwells performs in The Current studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • The Orwells perform in The Current studio
    Brothers Henry and Grant Brinner comprise the Orwells' rhythm section. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Henry Brinner of The Orwells performs in The Current studio
    Henry Brinner of The Orwells performs in The Current studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Dominic Corso of The Orwells performs in The Current studio
    Dominic Corso of The Orwells performs in The Current studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Matt O'Keefe of The Orwells performs in The Current studio
    Matt O'Keefe of The Orwells performs in The Current studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Henry Brinner of The Orwells performs in The Current studio
    Henry Brinner of The Orwells performs in The Current studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Grant Brinner of The Orwells performs in The Current studio
    Grant Brinner of The Orwells performs in The Current studio (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • The Orwells wear their Chicago roots on their sleeve.
    One of the Orwells wears the band's Chicago roots on his sleeve. (Luke Taylor | MPR)
  • Mario Cuomo of the Orwells relaxes in The Current studio.
    Mario Cuomo of the Orwells relaxes in The Current studio. (Luke Taylor | MPR)

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