Photography by Priti Shikotra©
It's nicer up North, they say. We wouldn't like to be the judge! What's more certain is the North's ability to put out some seriously good alternative music. Yorkshire has been the haven of the guitar band for years. But Leeds and its surrounding areas are really stealing the limelight right now. Enter The Orielles; Halifax's answer to the likes of Only Real. Third Outing caught up with the band after discovering their Jobin EP released on Art Is Hard, and catching their live set at this year's YNOT. But before we get to the interview, here's what strikes us about this fresh new sound...
The Orielles have some serious sing along potential. Sometimes Indie music can lack in the art of song writing. By that I mean a lack of of melodic importance. Jobin is a real anthem track. From the opening words and the lovely downward inflection on the word 'Brother' in the opening line, you find yourself surfing the waterfall of The Orielles.
Though the Jobin EP is only three tracks long, it's an EP which also portrays great diversity. Twin Freaks takes us back into the more familiar Indie territory of the 'soundscape'. But its composition is a bit more special than the norm. Here the guitar really steals the limelight, playing almost contrapuntal sounding background licks to an infectious Pixies-esque bass line groove. I guess the point we are making here is that the Jobin EP shows some real great potential.
Thankfully, then, an album is planned for the near future and that's a relief to hear. Further releases such as Space Doubt and the standout Joey Says We Got It backs this up. In fact, the latter is probably our favourite track by the band to date, and really shows what's still to come. Here the vocals really dominate, and for the first time forcefully take control of a great composition, propelling it to a higher level. But that's enough from us. Listen to the Jobin EP below and check out what The Orielles had to tell us...
3rd: You just featured on a new compilation from Healthy Eating. Tell us more about Joe Says We Got It?
The Orielles: Yeah those guys are rad and the tape features some top tunes. Joey is a track we released last year with the title inspired by a quote from one of our fave sitcom character Joey Tribbiani. It's a fun song to play live and despite its underlying message, it's a pretty summery and cheerful track.
Is playing summery surf rock music your way to stand out from the rest of the crowd?
Not consciously, the genre is just something that comes naturally to us through listening to a wide range of musical influences that started through our love of the Beach Boys. We think it's a genre that is really growing in popularity though!
Talk us through the recording of your upcoming LP. Can you tell us any details about it yet?
The LP is in its early stages at the moment, the songs have been written for a while but we have only just finished recording the demos. We recorded the demos at The Nave in Leeds which is a great studio with some tasty gear. Hopefully a lot of exciting things to come with the rest of the recording process.
You do sound like you know your gear. Do you record your own material too?
We sometimes record our own stuff in the practice room but that's about it. Of course when we're recording properly in a studio we like to have as much input as possible. In all honesty, we don't know too much about gear or recording, we tend to mess around with stuff and see how it turns out...trial and error.
There's a real innocence in Jobin EP, don't you find?
Ya think? I don't know, it's hard to hear it from an outsiders perspective. For us though, one of the biggest parts of being in a band is to have fun, so that could be reflected in our EP.
Who's the most fun band coming from Yorkshire today, then?
Our favourite bands from Yorkshire right now are Chest Pains and Party Hardly from Leeds. Leeds has a great scene, Cowtown and Bruising are also sick!
Would you leave Halifax behind and tour the world to play music? What would you miss about Yorkshire?
It would be the dream to tour the world and we would leave in a heartbeat! Aside from friends and family we'd miss the great music scene in Leeds, the DIY ethic of Sheffield, the charity shops of Ilkley (the tape section in the Oxfam), Hebden Bridge Trades Club and of course Munchitos (if you know, you know)!
"The guitar solo if done well they can make a good song great"
Lets move on to the big questions...which records are completely underrated masterpieces and why?
Definitely Trenchmouth More Motion, there were a lot of 90's American punk bands doing a similar thing but these guys deserve way more attention than they had. Sure Fire Soul Ensembles self titled LP is so sick and we always play it, it's very reminiscent of 70's funk and soul. Also Money Mark...and Sonny and the Sunsets have an array of great records that are underrated and more people should check 'em!
We like to ask this. What do you think about the health of the art of the guitar solo these days?
The guitar solo is dying a little bit because of how common they are and how overused and predictable they can be. Then again if done well they can make a good song great.