Posted in music on January 21, 2014

The Orwells @ BV-Soundwave stage @ Lollapalooza (more by Cory Dewald)
The Orwells

Last week The Orwells made their network television debut on Letterman, an impressive rock 'n' roll performance that even got Dave and Paul super worked up. The video is below if you haven't seen it. Make sure you watch to the end.

Catch the band on their upcoming tour which includes a free show at Rough Trade in Brooklyn, dates with the Arctic Monkeys, SXSW, and a run with Twin Peaks which brings them to Bowery Ballroom. All dates are also listed below.

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The Orwells - Who Needs You - David Letterman 1-15-14

The Orwells -- 2014 Tour Dates
1/30 Miami, FL - The Fillmore*
1/31 Orlando, Fl - Hard Rock Live*
2/1 Saint Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live*
2/3 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore*
2/4 Richmond, VA - The National*
2/6 Boston, MA - Agganis Arena*
2/7 Portland, ME - State Theatre*
2/8 New York, NY -- Rough Trade In-Store
2/10 Covington, KY - Madison Theater*
3/4 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
3/6 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
3/7 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
3/8 Washington DC - U Street Music Hall
3/10 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade - Hell Stage
3/11 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack
3/?? Austin, TX - SXSW
3/19 Phoenix, AZ - Rampage Fest
3/20 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory - Constellation
3/21 San Diego, CA - Che Café
3/22 Los Angeles, CA - Troubador
3/23 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
3/25 Seattle, WA - Neumos
3/29 Columbus, OH - The LC Indoor Pavillion
4/1 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
4/2 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock

* w/ Arctic Monkeys
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Comments (20)

Their singer is kind of embarrassing...

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:10 AM

I mean really embarrassing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:12 AM

Why did they all freeze up at the end?

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:17 AM

broken string on the guitar, dude

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:30 AM

fall over a monitor on letterman = instant rockstar. ask Fatbags Casablancas!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:33 AM

upstaged by Shaffer

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 10:43 AM

They are kids, come on now. I've seen them twice and they are actually really good.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 11:01 AM

shit sandwich...

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 11:03 AM

Yeah, I like this band, but it's kinda lame how they just stood there at the end when Paul was trying to get something going. Seize the moment!

Also, it's pretty hilarious how the seasoned musicians in the house band immediately figured out how to duplicate the song after watching it that one time.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 11:05 AM

They just got heckled by Paul Schafer!

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 11:40 AM

if you can't play these songs with five guitar strings, you probably shouldn't be playing in a band that's on the letterman show @10:30

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 12:02 PM

I never heard of the Orwells, but I saw this performance on Letterman. At first I thought "not bad, the singer has a great voice", but then it fell apart. What good is having a great voice if you are not singing? You can't play another song? Seriously? The guitarist was only playing chords, you can easily get by with a broken string.

They went from being great to terrible in the span of one song.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 12:18 PM

Umm, watch it again. It wasn't just a single broken string they were all broken. @12:18

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:08 PM

"Umm, watch it again. It wasn't just a single broken string they were all broken."

At 3:42 you can see he has only a broken low E string. After the 4 minute mark, you can see some strings are still on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 1:51 PM

Like Free Energy ripping off the descending riff from "Cousins" by Vampire Weekend. Good energy but they totally choked at the end.

Posted by Skippy | January 21, 2014 2:06 PM

dipshit should have changed his strings before the performance.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 2:46 PM

"dipshit should have changed his strings before the performance."

First of all, you don't necessarily want new strings before a show because they will sound a tad harsh/bright. They need to be broken into.

Second, the string (single) was broken either on purpose or while grinding against the amp.

You are a dipshit, but then again, so it the band.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 4:11 PM

It was my first Time to experience the group also. At first I thought u got to be kidding then I thought what a trip then I just wasn't sure. I've seen Dave only ask two groups to play another , the other VINTAGE TROUBLE and those guys ran with it. These guys were in shock and it looks like the lead singer just really derailed the whole damn train. Just say unprepared. Dave doesn't have a history of asking musical guest for one more . I believe I would be prepared. They went PENTHOUSE TO OUTHOUSE !

Posted by Mark Potts | January 22, 2014 12:54 AM

The singer is horrible, he sounds like the awful singer from Kings Of Leon. this is just another douche bag poseur, aping old Iggy, pretentiously wearing different sneakers and a motorcycle jacket. I love when the actual musicians in Shaffers' band play the shitty song better than the Orwells did. Please go away Orwells.

Posted by Anonymous | January 22, 2014 9:04 AM

You make your network debut on David Letterman who asks you to play out the show instead of his own band. That hardly ever happens. And they all just stand around and are too stupid to know what a great opportunity they were offered. Broken strings or not, you go with what you have and if they needed guitar accompany to help, just ask the band. Losers

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2014 1:58 AM

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