Chicago’s favourite young punks, The Orwells, are back after a two year break, writing and recording their new album Terrible Human Beings which is out in February. Clearly though the appetite hasn’t gone away as they kick things off with recent release ‘Body in the Bayoux’. In a similar vein to tracks from last album, Disgraceland, it shows a slightly more polished sound than their debut LP proper but is still equally chaotic with Mario Cuomo’s brash vocal delivery.

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Beers are flying everywhere and bodies are too as they run through Disgraceland singles ‘Dirty Sheets’ with it’s sleazy bassline and ‘Let It Burn’ which gets the first crowdsurfer of many over the next hour.

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Chat is kept to a minimum and they treat us to seven new tracks, they don’t venture too far from the sound of Disgraceland – and why should they? Proper punk bangers like ‘Fry’ and ‘Heavy Head’ are clear crowd favourites leaving an excitement for the upcoming new LP.

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It’s nice to hear ‘In My Bed’ from their first album which fits in well amongst all the new material, but one the best reactions of the night is for ‘Who Needs You’ which sees Cuomo writhing around on top of the crowd.

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It looks like they might come back for an encore but they decide against it, still we can’t complain. Apparently they’re back in Spring for a full European tour in support of Terrible Human Beings.

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All photos: Lindsay Melbourne