The Orwells

March 18
8 p.m.
Indie Rock, Rock

The Orwells are a rarity in 2017, maybe even a small miracle: a young-as-fuck garage-rock band signed to a major label. Led by singer Mario Cuomo and hailing from the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst, the five-piece showed loads of potential on their 2012 lo-fi debut, Remember When, released before they’d graduated from high school. Then their confident sophomore album, Disgraceland, scored them widespread popularity after a fervent and reputation-establishing 2014 Late Show with David Letterman performance of “Who Needs You,” one of the definitive rock cuts of the past five years. Working again with producer Jim Abbiss (best known for handling the Arctic Monkeys’ debut and Adele’s 19 and 21), the Orwells struck the perfect balance of polish and weirdness on their latest record, Terrible Human Beings. Their second release for Atlantic, it boasts the raw, uncompromising power of records released on indies like In the Red and Castle Face. The Walters open.