Don't Hate the Orwells Because They're Much, Much Younger Than You
What's so funny about these anecdotes is that they're being told from a place of retrospect, when most of the group's members haven't even finished school. It's like a turbo-charged version of nostalgia, juxtaposed against the background of an equally turbo-charged trajectory.
Yet The Orwells aren't a look at us we're the youngest kids in the room trope. That would get annoying quite fast. Instead, they have a sort of youthful doggedness about them-- guitarist Matt O'Keefe, perhaps the most outspoken member of the band, remembers how when they were starting out in Chicago they often had to play dinnertime sets at venues because they were underage. But they pressed forward, finding clubs that would put them on.
They've been writing a new record, which is still untitled, but will be released sometime in 2013. "We want none of the songs to sound like they could have been from Remember When," says O'Keefe. "But we also don't want it to sound like anything but an Orwells record." The irony of a band writing a follow-up album called Remember When before some of them are old enough to vote is the most delightful kind of paradox. Somebody buy these guys a beer.
The Orwells play the Echo tonight