Great news: young West Yorkshire three-piece The Orielles have just signed to Heavenly recordings. The band – Esme Hand Halford on bass, sister Sidonie on drums and Henry Wade on guitar, are known for their lush garagey sun-drenched sound  – a Californian vibe by way of Halifax (the Califax sound, perhaps). Since the band got together they’ve been gigging up and down the country at a host of venues and festivals, so they’ve already got plenty of experience under their belts. 

Numbers such as Jobin reflect the band’s sunny vibe, complete with dense, ripply guitars, with a layer of rich harmonies coming through. The bass-heavy Twin Freaks is perhaps my favourite Orielles track, a gorgeously sultry, laid back number with Esme’s vocals, seductively sweet but there’s a hint of a darker edge. In fact it’s that post-punk rawness that creeps into their compositions which makes this band so compelling. It will be interesting to see what they do next.

So here’s a few questions I asked the band: 

What’s in store for The Orielles in 2017? By all accounts it’s going to be a mix of plenty of live appearances and we’ll have plenty of studio time. There’s going to be a new single to release with Heavenly.

Any festivals? Yes it seems so but we’ll have to wait a bit for that announcement!

What music are you listening to at the moment? We listen to a really wide range of music; anything from punk to disco to rap to psych. A few bands we have been listening to lately include Happy Mondays, ESG, Teenage Fanclub, Joni Mitchell & Hush Moss. We have always considered ourselves pro-Beatles in the Beatles/Stones debate but we listened to the Rolling Stones the other week and…woah, I dunno dude!!

I’ll leave the Bealtes/Stones debate right there as who knows how long that could go on for. Go check out The Orielles at one of the gigs (below) or at the aforementioned Heavely Weekender (at Gourmet Gigs’ favourite venue) The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge.



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