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Like a phoenix formed from the ashes of 2015, Orwells ’84 are a unique musical outfit based in Dundalk. With a huge variety of musical influences ranging from David Bowie, Guy Garvey and Nick Cave to the Libertines, the Arctic Monkeys and Led Zeppelin, the band have created a neo-psychedelic sound with influences from the roots of blues and rock n’ roll. Since their formation, they have shown a confidence and a swagger in both the style and deliverance of their music, both live and while recording.
Their debut release, Eye for an Eye, had been anticipated by people in the Dundalk music scene for some time. Released on 3rd September 2017, Eye for an Eye received rave reviews from music critics such as Remy; “The first buds of something which perhaps might grow into something special, all they need to do is let fly,” and U&I; "It really deserves to be held in high regard because they have achieved something of an accomplished effort on this one.” Their new single, Broken Glass, will be released on 2nd March 2018 with three shows to celebrate it and it will be available on all major streaming platforms shortly afterwards.
The band have already performed in several notable venues in the North East. In November 2017, they took to the main stage in the Spirit Store in Dundalk and delivered. They’ve have performed in Whelans once and plan to again to celebrate the launch of their new single in March. The band have now set their sights on the festival stages, however, with high ambitions to move swiftly through the Irish music scene.
Orwells ’84 was essentially Damien Mc Kenna, who was joined by John (bass guitar), Sean (lead guitar/bouzouki/backing vocals) and Michael (drums) in late 2016. Then 2017 brought about the addition of strings and more vocals in the form of Ella (cello) and Zoe (violin). With such a large band, one might assume that there is just simply a wall of sound. This isn’t the case with Orwells ’84, however. The band have spent countless hours crafting a unique and identifiable sound in both their songwriting and musicianship.