September 28th brought The Orwells and FIDLAR to the Firebird, where they delivered a one-two punch of high-energy punk rock to an equally high-energy crowd. September 28th was also Orwells’ front man, Mario Cuomo’s 20th birthday, which he announced (rather profanely) as the opening band took to the stage.
Don’t let the young age of this band fool you: they are not only immensely talented but have an incredible stage presence. From opening number, “Mallrats (la la la)”, through a closing number which left their lead singer hanging upside down from the rafters, it was hard to tell who was having more fun: the band or crowd. As moshers were pushed onto the stage or pulled a seemingly willing Cuomo into their ranks, it became hard to tell where one ended and the other began. Some standout songs were “Halloween All Year” and “In My Bed.”
Any fears that fans had burned themselves out during the opening act were assuaged after headliners FIDLAR took the stage. Audience members who’d wandered off in the downtime were quickly drawn back in by the promise of high fives from lead singer Zac Carper, and then stayed in for another round of catchy garage-rock. For most of the show, FIDLAR was joined onstage by a Firebird employee given the arduous task of holding the stage monitor in place against the relentless crush of the crowd. Highlights included “Max Can’t Surf” and “I Just Wanna Die.”
FIDLAR and The Orwells continue touring together through October, wrapping up on November 2nd in Minneapolis. They are also selling a limited edition 7” split while on tour featuring FIDLAR’s “Awkward” and The Orwells “Always N’ Forever.”
(written by) Chelsea Neal