Originally published on Hooting & Howling


The Orielles hail from Halifax and are currently kicking up a storm of musical excellence worthy of any band at least 3 times their age, to the point where upon seeing a picture of them, a moment of “no, that can’t be them, they’re younger than me, and what have I done so far?” quickly conjures up, leaving sheer awe of their talent for such bright young things.

Personal self doubting aside though, The Orielles are high ones to watch this year already.

With their first EP, ‘Sunny Daze & Sleepless Nights’, swiftly under their belt,  the trio – comprised of sisters Esme (bass/vocals) and  Sid Hand-Halford (drums) with Henry Wade on guitars & vocals – have showcased a blend of ’60s surf-tinged pop melodies with the underlying flair and grit of post-punk influences, topped off with some sweetly polished harmonies. With tracks like the infectious ‘Deduce’ and sombre ‘Midnight In Paris’, their sound appears to be a cut above the majority of the less baby-faced outfits out there at the moment.

Onstage as well, the group have established themselves as something quite special, with support slots for The CrookesGo Kart MozartPINS and countless others just within the past few months, as well as a glowingly recieved set at Liverpool’s ‘Sound City’ back in May 2013, they’re shaping up to be unmissable.

After the release of their latest single, ‘Hindering Waves’, the band look set to storm live dates across the land alongside the likes of The Primitives and The Darling Buds, all setting them up for a very bright 2014 indeed.