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Chicago sounds merge with unconventional European pop at The Cluny on Sunday 27th August, as Illinois rockers The Orwells perform alongside local oddball noise popsters Them Things.

With their earlier work, like seminal second album Disgraceland which was released in 2014, drawing comparisons to New Yorkers The Strokes’ spiky rock, The Orwells’ later output shows a distinct maturing of their sound. Recent album Terrible Human Beings veers from one extreme to the other; the frankly frightening opening track, They Put A Body In The Bayou, kicks off the record with intent as Mario Cuomo’s pissed off vocals and whining guitar combine in a stadium-sized track that’s a firm live favourite, while the 86-second blast of Buddy is as exuberant as it is nostalgic, and the seven-minute long Double Feature’s epic sprawl of angsty vocals and plucky guitars is a fitting ending to a record which has attitude in spades. Considering their career began while they were still in high school, it’s hardly surprising it’s taken a while for their sound to find its own feet, and thankfully their bratty charm is up front and centre.

Providing support, Newcastle residents Them Things offer up their eccentric psych-fuelled sounds to kick the evening off. The morphing of British, French and Russian creative minds, the four-piece will provide a nicely diverse opening set.

The Orwells play The Cluny, Newcastle on Sunday 27th August.

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