16 Feb 2017

With their new album coming out on 17 February, The Orwells select some tracks which inspired them during the recording process.

Gouge Away - Pixies

Pixies have always had a big influence on us. I remember being in the early stages of writing for this album, and Dominic and I driving in my car listening to this song thinking, “how does something so simple sound so massive?” We tried to figure that equation out on THB.

Spiders (Kidsmoke) - Wilco

The drum loop idea at the end of “Double Feature” was directly influenced from this song. Pretty great guitar stuff in here. Buncha noise.

Ultralight Beam - Kanye West

The Life of Pablo came out while we were in the studio - and while there’s no direct  musical influence from it to THB - watching the whole roll out and this display of what a record could be / doesn’t have to be, inspired us to take a step outside the box a bit.

Illegal Bodies - Simply Saucer

This songs heavy duty. Lou Reed fronting MC5 or something. Listened to this a lot while in the studio.

Kintabú - Piero Piccioni

This old horror film soundtrack called Colpo Rovente was playing a bit while we were recording this record. The instrument’s tones and some of the more out there stuff on this record were inspiration for some of the more textural shit we wanted to add.

Memphis - Chuck Berry

For some unexplainable reason I didn’t hear this song until I was 21. It kicked of a big Chuck Berry phase for me. I was listening to a lot of him when we were writing the record. Keepin’ it bare bones, making sure the melody and chords were there before anything else.

The Orwells play Scala on 7 March with support from King Nun and Whistlejacket. Get tickets now.

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