The Orwells Played One of the Best Performances at GovBall this Year

Posted on: June 5th, 2017 at 5:07 am by

When last we caught up with the Orwells, they were opening for the Palma Violets four years ago at the Bowery Ballroom. Their performance at Governors Ball yesterday was one of the best at the festival.

The Orwells took the main stage (i.e. GovBall Stage) early in the afternoon of the third day. Fans flocked to the spot despite the rain. Led by the seductive, yet borderline-creepy Mario Cuomo (no, not the former New York governor), the Chicago-based band fueled the energy to the point of mosh pit. Cuomo flailed and writhed, grabbing his crotch and ass cheeks, often while leering at those in the front row.

They kicked off with new earworm “Black Francis,” and didn’t look back. Heads bopped to other cuts like “They Put a Body in the Bayou” and “Let it Burn,” but the urgency of “The Righteous One” (with the medley of “Steady as She Goes” by Raconteurs) really got them going. Including a variation on the mosh pit with the youth of America just sitting until the right moment…

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