The Orwells criticise Arctic Monkeys' live show

US band supported Alex Turner and co on tour in America earlier this year

The Orwells criticise Arctic Monkeys' live show

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The Orwells have criticised Arctic Monkeys' live show, saying that it has become "synchronised".

The US band made their comments in an interview with Gigwise, stating that their recent support slot in America with Arctic Monkeys opened their eyes to how routine their performances have become.

Explaining what they saw, guitarist Matt O'Keefe said: "When you're playing arenas and everything, it's a huge production, then the show has to become synchronised to work. So every night, no matter how he [Alex Turner] was feeling, he'd go into that opening riff. It was the exact same ad-libs he was putting between the songs. So we were with them for about 50 dates, you saw them once and you'd pretty much seen every date that they'd played."

However, frontman Mario Cuomo did not approve: "You don't have to take that route," he said. "You can get that level of success with those size venues, that sort of thing, but still treat it as a spontaneous show at a small club. So it all just depends on the band, what they're going for and what they feel comfortable with. I would feel super uncomfortable if I knew what I was going to say in between songs."

Later this year The Orwells will release their new album 'Disgraceland'. Featuring production from Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio), Chris Coady (Beach House) and Jim Abbiss (Arctic Monkeys), the LP will come out on June 2 through Canvasback/Atlantic Records. The album was recorded in London, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Woodstock.

The Orwells will play five shows in the summer ahead of a number of confirmed appearances at festivals in the UK and Europe. Starting at Liverpool's East Village Arts Club on the day of 'Disgraceland''s release, the band will then travel to Edinburgh, Nottingham and London before ending their jaunt in Manchester on June 6.

The Orwells will play:

Liverpool East Village Arts Club (June 2)
Edinburgh Electric Circus (3)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (4)
London Dingwalls (5)
Manchester Gorilla (6)


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