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GETTING TO KNOW: The Orwells

By Matt O'Keefe of The Orwells, Photo by Jory Lee Cordy on June 27, 2014

 

GETTING TO KNOW: The Orwells

 

 

OUR BAND'S SPIRIT ANIMAL


Jason Lee, he is the spirit of this band.

 

OUR LEAST FAVORITE THING IN THE UNIVERSE


Henry’s iPod. 

 

ON THE ROAD


Henry kidnapped a little boy at a gas station and paid him to set up his drums for him before shows. We now call him Grant.

 

 

DREAM COLLABORATION


DVDA.

 

BEST SHOW EVER


Probably the ones we can’t remember playing.

 

WORST SHOW EVER


Probably the ones we can’t remember playing.

 

IDEAL SITUATION FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO OUR MUSIC


In a garage, in the Midwest, with a warm tallboy, just after cutting the grass in the backyard.

 

WE'LL KNOW WE'VE MADE IT WHEN…


We’re in a South Park joke.

 


 

THREE ALBUMS THAT INSPIRED MATT O'KEEFE OF THE ORWELLS TO MAKE MUSIC

 

The Stooges

The Stooges (1969)

I first heard this album when I was a freshman in high school. I think I was playing Paper Mario at the time. Right after listening to it, I went upstairs and cut my finger with an X-Acto knife so it could scab over; then I could rip the scab off on my strings and bleed on my guitar when I played.

 

 

 

 

 

The Modern Lovers

The Modern Lovers (1976)

One of the best representations of American suburbs. This is what we tried to copy on Disgraceland.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Keggs

“To Find Out” (1967)

Not an album, but damn good. Rock and roll at its best. The rumor is that two days after recording it, the lead singer was decapitated in a motorcycle accident.