Ahead of the launch performance for The Orielle’s latest Single Entity, we caught up with Halifax’s finest for a quick chat.


Tell us a bit about your background
Sid: We’ve been together for about two years now. We first met at a house party, where there was a piano upstairs and we started jamming together. We decided to meet up for some more practices and it developed from there. We’ve been together since then and did our first gig about a year and a half ago with the Lovely Eggs in our hometown and since then have been doing more and more gigs.

How do you find performing gigs?
Henry: At first we got a little nervous but since Damian Morgan took over as our manager we’ve been getting more and better gigs and have been getting excited about it.

Is this your first gig in Manchester?
Sid: We’ve played a few times. We played at Soundcontrol around a year ago.

You were down in London as well for a few gigs last week. How were they?
Esme: Yeah, we have a couple of gigs supporting the Primitives at Lexington and last week we played at Borderline.

How did they go?
Esme: Really good.
Sid: Yeah, they were really good.
Henry: We got a lot of good feedback on twitter after the Primitives gigs.
Esme: They were all sold out as well and it was a decent crowd.

Who are your influences? Do you have collective influences or do you each have your own influences?
Sid: I think we mainly have a few collective influences.
Esme: We all listen to a lot of the Pixies.
Sid: Yeah, we all listen to the Pixies. They’re probably our main influences. And also some modern bands like Best Friends, Mac Demarco, things like that.

In terms of the songwriting process, how does that work?
Esme: We all write together. There are no songs which one person has written more than another. We find it really easy to write the songs together.

Sid and Esme, with the two of you being sisters is there any sibling rivalry there?
Esme: No, I don’t think so


Esme-Dee Hand-Halford of The Orielles performing at The Deaf Institute

Henry, do you find that they gang up on you at all?
Henry: (laughs), it has happened before and we’ve had a few debates but nothing serious.
Esme: With there being three of us, there’s always two people ganging up on one!

Tonight’s the launch for your single Entity, tell us a bit about the single
Sid: It’s loosely based upon not one person in particular, but when you miss somebody who is not there anymore. It’s kind of based upon missing them when they are still in your mind but not really there anymore. The video was filmed on Blackpool pier.

What’s the plan going forwards?

Esme: We’ve got a lot of new tracks. We’re not sure when we are going to release or record them, but hopefully by the end of the Summer we’re going to be releasing more stuff.

You’re with Scruff Of The Neck Records, how’s that going?
Sid: Everything’s looking up. We’ve been quite busy over the last few months with Damian coming onboard and with the Scruff Of The Neck guys. We’ve been getting more and more gigs.


Image credit to Priti Shikotra