In Review: The Orielles at The Castle

The Orielles at The Castle 18 July 2015

Just over a year ago, we caught The Orielles launching their single Entity at The Deaf Institute.  It was an evening which hinted at the talent which the trio had within their armoury.  Jump forwards fourteen months and we thought it would be interesting to see how they are progressing and catch a glimpse of what is to come from them.

They have certainly been putting in the gigs recently, in Manchester alone over the last few months they have played at the Manchester International Fringe Festival, Dot To Dot Festival and Not A Summer Festival and at a packed Castle, they continued to show why their is such an air of anticipation about them.

Launching into the highly catchy Bitchcraft, they quickly have the audience’s attention with an energetic start.  The trio are tight from the outset and it is apparent that the past year has seen them grow in confidence and stage presence, adding these to an already impressive song writing and performing knack.  The strong, driving bassline, spot-on drums by Sidonie Hand-Halford and Henry Wade’s guitar work captivate as Esme Hand-Halford performs vocals over the top.

Wade’s guitar playing is a feature of the night and leads the way in the outstanding Just Like Glue as well as being used to excellent effect in the excellent Space Doubt, which features some stunning arches and effects.

Throughout the set, The Orielles demonstrate that there is substance to their music.  They vary the pace and the feel.  New track Jobin demonstrates this perfectly – a punchy start leading into a laid back dream feel supported by a strong rhythm.  Sliders has a heavier feel, which has the crowd jumping around in approval, whilst Twinfreeks, the track of the night, displays a slightly sinister side as the bass, guitar and drums offer a deep, mischievous texture over which Esme Hand-Halford beautifully layers soft vocals.  Don’t Drift also stuns with an awesome bass line and drums providing the driving force.

The Orielles have recently been in the studio recording new material, and gave the crowd a brief sampling of what to expect.  With an anticipated October release, fans will no doubt be clamouring to get their hands on it, judging by their reaction at The Castle.  The Orielles continue to develop and are certainly showing that they have a bright future ahead of them.

The Orielles are next scheduled to play in Manchester at Carefully Planned Festival #5 which takes place at nine venues in The Northern Quarter over 18-19 October 2015, and are sure to be one of the star attractions.

  • The Orielles at The Castle 18 July 2015
    The Orielles at The Castle 18 July 2015

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