The last we heard from The Orwells, they were wrestling with sound technicians and ripping apart venues. But between brawls and raucous concerts, the band has indeed been working on a follow-up to their 2014 sophomore breakout, Disgraceland. They’ve teased the new material at a few small Chicago shows over the summer, and have now shared a piece with the rest of the world in the form of fresh track “Buddy”.
As we’ve come to expect from the Illionois punks, the song is a quick jab of punchy garage rock that pays tribute to the band’s hard partying lifestyle. In fact, the lyrics seem to be about frontman Mario Cuomo’s conquests while on the road. “And what’s to make you stay?” he asks . “A pocket full of rubber/ And my hand on your face.” Take a listen above.
For more of that new Orwells jam, you can catch the band on their newly announced string of intimate tour dates. Dubbed the Underplay Tour, the November trek will see them perform in considerably smaller venues than normal along the US coasts and on two UK stops. Find the complete schedule for what is sure to be a rowdy bunch of shows ahead.
In a Facebook post announcing the single and tour, the band promised that “the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT is just around the corner,” so stay tuned for more word on their new record.
The Orwells 2016 Tour Dates:
11/01 – Washington, DC @ DC9
11/02 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
11/05 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
11/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
11/16 – Portland, OR @ Star Theatre
11/18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
11/19 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell
11/29 – Leeds, UK @ The Wardrobe
11/30 – London, UK @ The Dome