The Orwells with FIDLAR

Published On October 28, 2013 | By Jeff Ihaza | Music

1 The Orwells will melt your face off, and that isn’t a bad thing. The Rock n’ Roll ethos that characterized your parents’ “wild days,” is alive and well in the Chicago quintet’s raucous guitar-ravaging ballads. It makes sense that the band formed when its members were in high school, as their music carries a characteristic angst of those years that can’t be faked or manufactured.

Their debut album Remember When was released to critical acclaim for its proper revival of the garage-rock style that makes bands like Weezer perennial all-stars. Their song “Who Needs You?” was featured on an episode of NPR’s “All Songs Considered.” Co-host Bob Boilen said of the group “You can’t say The Orwells without saying ‘young,'” after calling the song his summer anthem.




The Chicago rockers make their way to Pittsburgh with fellow face-melters FIDLAR, whose brand of California skate-punk has been woefully absent from the indie music landscape for far too long. The LA punks put on shows that’ll make you sweat, and there’s no escape from the chaos that ensues. Cathartic guitar slaying and care-free mosh-pits make FIDLAR an underground favorite who are sure to rise to prominence as their style of performance catches on (which it will).


The show goes down at The Smiling Moose tonight. This 21+ show is $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

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