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The Orwells - Terrible Human Beings

by Jim Harris Rating:9 Release Date:2017-02-17

The Orwells made an impressive debut in 2014 as a group a rowdy teenagers cranking out loud, jangly garage rock, and hailing from a suburb of Chicago, they sounded like Nirvana meets Cheap Trick at times, and often could slide right in there with any of those loud and rollicking Brit-pop bands.  They sounded well beyond their years with clever song structures and catchy progressions.

Now they have all almost reached drinking age, have appeared on David Letterman, and have come up with one of the best albums of the year so far in Terrible Human Beings.

The most charming thing about Terrible Human Beings is it doesn’t fall into that trap of love songs and obnoxious cleverness that many young bands fall into.  The lyrics are dark and the up to mid-tempo structures have them sounding more like the Pixies than Nirvana and oh, they pay a great debt to the Pixies on virtually every other song and even have one song called ‘Black Francis’.  Along with the opening track, take a listen to ‘Buddy’, it’s a short little power ditty that would make Frank Black proud. There is nothing wrong with such an influence, all great artists take the structures and influence of other great artists and make it their own.

Terrible Human Beings shows a band coming into their own at a far younger age than most bands.  The Orwells are still a rowdy loud grungy punk-influenced power pop band, and they just keep getting better. I don’t want to use the word maturity but The Orwells rock it on Terrible Human Beings.

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