The incident took place at Spillover Fest in Texas on Saturday (April 9)
The Orwells were involved in an onstage bust-up with venue staff at a gig in Dallas, Texas on Saturday (April 9).
The Chicago band appeared at Spillover Fest over the weekend, playing a set at Dallas venue Trees when they got in a scrap with the venue’s sound technician.
The Dallas Observer reports that the band’s frontman Mario Cuomo had been “spiking his microphone after each song as if he were a football player making a touchdown”, leading to the sound man cutting off the band’s set early.
A scuffle ensued between Cuomo and a man reported to be the sound technician. You can watch footage of the incident below.
The police were later called to the venue.
Cuomo appeared to connect the incident to one involved Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain at the same venue 25 years earlier. “This is the only venue where they punched out Kurt Cobain for no reason,” he told the crowd, as reported by The Dallas Observer.
The Orwells released their latest album ‘Disgraceland’ in 2014.
Speaking to DIY, Matt O’Keefe of the band said: “They try and mash together genres. [They’re] kind of like the hip Backstreet Boys or something… the set list was always the same. If you saw the show once, you saw every show that they played. I mean, we learned lessons from good things that they did, but then also – let’s not fucking do that.”
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner responded to their criticism of the band’s live shows. “They should have been out trying to get laid instead of watching us every night,” he said. “I don’t think that’s fair [to call it synchronised]. There comes a time on a tour when something works and you tend to leave it alone. We have been changing it around a little bit.”