We have all loved the Orwells since that career making performance on Letterman last year with lead singer Mario Cuomo (Andrew’s Daddy in his second career) rolling about the floor and Dave so blown away he demands and doesn’t get an encore.
But here is another reason to love the Chicago punk rockers, guitarist Matt O’Keefe dispatching the headliners of their last tour, the dreaded Arctic Monkeys to UK website Gigwise. “Every night, no matter how he (Alex Turner) was feeling, he’d go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you’d pretty much seen every date that they’d played.”
Mario, not at his most politically sound, added: “You can reach that level without turning into that. Like Nirvana played bigger shit than that and it’s probably a different show every night. You don’t have to take that route, you can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing, but still treat is as a spontaneous show at a small club.”
Well, yes, exactly, feel it guys, you’re not wind up monkeys now are you? Surely rock is about improvising within set parameters. Arctic Monkeys, who I haven’t much liked since their “Dancefloor” days apparently didn’t get the message. I saw em opening for KoL once and they were ghastly.
As for the Orwells? I haven’t seen em yet but if the Letterman video below is anything to go by, I should.
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Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1980 (Volume 12, Number 7)
Boy Howdy! did Susan Whitall put together a solid team of writers
its own glammy road not travelled
“This was his best performance ever.”
his best song since “I Will See You In Far Off Places”
expected series of punk veterans
I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – November 1980 (Volume 12, Number 6)
an almost indefinable purity