March 2nd | SWX
Photos: Craig Simmonds
One thing’s for sure, The Orielles don’t hold back. The moment they hit the stage on Monday night, the cosmic disco began. Heading straight into the astral single, ‘Come Down on Jupiter’ from their latest album, Disco Volador, they had the room bopping within seconds. Soon laughing, too, when guitarist Henry Carlyle Wade greeted the crowd with a thoroughly West Country, “Alright, me lovers!”.
Gliding smoothly into the next newbie, the band had each transition perfected to a T and jumped from track to track with ease. Having only just released their second album, it was a relief to see their new material so well-received, and the effect it had on the room was electrifying. You could see how eagerly the crowd had awaited the return of one of the most unique indie bands around.
Any fan of The Orielles knows that they can be counted on to write a great song, but I hadn’t expected to be so blown away by their amazing instrumentals. Understated Sid on drums kept everyone on track, with her perfect timing and relentless energy. Despite being hidden away in the background, her bold drumming patterns could not be missed. Her talent is first-class and deserves some serious recognition.
Her sister, Esme smashed the bass with a confident calmness which any musician would envy. And Henry, honestly, if his manic dance moves and dry banter don’t capture your heart, his guitar skills are guaranteed to. At times his impressive strumming skills stole the show; he really can freestyle with the best of them.
The Orielles could ride the wave of their debut album forever and none of us would complain. The handful of beloved Silver Dollar Moment tracks they treated us to were, by far, the favourite moments of the night. The unrelenting funk of ‘Bobbi’s Second World’ took the show to new heights, with the follow-up of ‘Sunflower Seeds’ pushing the crowd over the edge of bliss. Its precise blend of contradicting tempos held us in some kind of limbo between a slow dance and mosh pit, with the band controlling our movements like teasing puppet masters.
This quartet have a knack for knowing how to pace an audience. They teased us with the kaleidoscopic dance track that is ‘7th Dynamic Goo’, just to slow things back down with the calmer ‘Whilst the Flowers Look’. All this intentional teasing was a massive build-up of tension to their final song of the night, the one we’d all been hoping to hear. The other-worldly masterpiece that is ‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’.
Glad of the final hit we needed, this finale entranced the entire dancefloor of SWX. Its exceptional instrumentals provided the euphoric release we craved. If you only hear one of the band’s songs live, it needs to be this one.
With the highly-strung culture we live in, often music can feel like an industry which moves too fast to make an impact. We’re inundated with a constant stream of new artists and songs, accustomed to instant gratification. This set list challenged that idea of the quick fix.
The band’s playful tension-building felt like a revelation. They’ve still got a few tricks left to learn, but keeping their fans lusting for more is one they’ve certainly perfected.
See the video for ‘Come Down on Jupiter’ here: