Last month, The Orielles ditched the school books and the early bird revision in favour of a stint across the UK, playing packed out, stuffy venues and rocking the socks off of everybody in the audience.
In support of latest single ‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’ – an eight minute banger that could take flight at any given second, the three piece took their live show on the road. They’ve pretty much trademarked their hazy core, welcoming additions of hypnotic psych bass and taunting rhythms. Delicious vocals kaleidoscope into the deep soundscape, and spin alongside waves of grooves and funk.
The end result is one that you wish that you could swim in. With reassuring words about high school and stories of cool boys smoking cigarettes, there’s something familiar yet cinematic about The Orielles; a classic sense of teenage rebellion, which allows the trio to be the friendship heroes, who you root for the whole way.
We got an insight into life on tour, with photographs by Neelam Khan Vela.
“Hands down the best cocktail in London. Think it was called the Bumble Bee.”
“This was taken in Glasgow, the second stop of the tour and surprisingly was the only night on tour we decided to scran a takeaway after the show!”
“At a service station that made us feel like we were at a lake in America rather than the UK! It also had a wicked selection of eateries aaaaand is featured very very briefly in a Peep Show episode. Wish we remembered the name of it :(“
“Pretty sweaty after just coming off stage in Oxford.”
“Glockenspiel rendition of Teenage Dirtbag in the van. We did this, along with various other 90’s/early 2000’s party bangers.”
“Trying SO hard to win a teddy but being distracted by our tour manager, Callum trying persistently to blag a free donut from Krispy Kreme – claiming that “after 1am they go stale and give them out for free”
“No donut 🙁 but this is us walking back to the travelodge after trying (and failing) to frisbee a stale KitKat into a post box haha.”
“Levi’s hooked us up the bloody legends!”
“When you have to wait to hit the accommodation before you can sink an ice cold cruiser. Just tour manager things.”
“Brighton! We loaded in early and hit the beach in the sun! Max chillin’.”
“Lil pre-gig backstage boogie.”
“Getting wavey in Brighton.”
“Callum, Isaac and Henry discussing Mercury poisoning and the cause of the Minamata disease in a Japanese fishing village in the 1960s.”
“Henry needed a wee so Callum knew a nice place to stop. He wasn’t kidding, there were horses and you could see alllll the stars. It was dead nice. This photo also kinda looks reminiscent of Lost Highway.”
“Ezzie-Dee looking lushhhh in some green light.”
“Everyone buggered off and left Sid to the pack.”
“Gals on the merch”
“Little bit of pre-gig pool in Hebden Bridge.”
“Crowd looking mental in Hebden. Thank you, thank you, God bless, we love you.”
“Ez, Sid, Neelam, Callum, Henry – The Gang Goes On Tour 2017 much love”
“The last note 🙁 Sid packing away for the final time after a wicked show in Liverpool. Hope to see yall on the road next time!! xxx”
Words by Tanyel Gumushan