The Orwells w/ Skaters @ The Fonda-Concert Review
The Orwells @ The Fonda in Los Angeles W/ Skaters – September 29, 2014
It was just a sleepy Monday night in LA, a good night to stay in, grab a pizza and watch football. Er ah, naw, we chose different. The Orwells are in town baby! And this was Monday night, but the energy level and crowd reaction was more like a super charged Saturday night. The opening band SKATERS brought a fun filled set of everything from rock, to ska, to death metal, you name the genre they touched on it. Cool band, fun energy and the crowd loved it.
The Orwells took the stage and the crowd went nuts. Lead singer and ringleader of the party animals Mario Cuomo was in rare form, his long curly red hair and batman shirt was covered in seat and it was as if Jim Morrison’s spirit returned in the form of a pseudo punk alt band and was back with a vengeance. The show started off full throttle with “Dirty Sheets” from their latest record that I absolutely love called ‘Disgraceland’. Before the first song was over Mario Cuomo had already went full steam ahead and stage dove straight into the raucous crowd. Beer was flying through the air, bodies everywhere, it was a full blown musical assault.
The highlights of the night were “The Righteous One”, and the psycho prom like number “Halloween All Year”. A fun crazy moment was went the band kicked into another gear with “Mallrats (La La La)” with full blown sing along from the crowd. In the end the band finished with “Who Needs You” which is one of their best live songs, and “Southern Comfort”, which is the kick off opener on ‘Discgraceland’.
These guys are young, the have talent, and they have an incredibly fun and crazy singer. They have my attention and I am anxious to see where they will go next.