Last time we met Esme-Dee, Henry and Sidonie they graced the prestigious stage at The 100 Club in London. They hinted that their album was on the brink of completion, and after flooding the venue with their signature reverb/funk jams our palettes were craving for that release.
Months down the line, that day has finally come. ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ represents a new era for the band, seemingly abandoning the more basic surfy pop songs in favour of a sound filled with synths, cow bells and intensely funky rhythm sections. Esme-Dee pointed this out when we spoke in September, stating that “post-punk, funk and dancey stuff” has had an influence on their evolving sound.
The album opens with ‘Mango’ which still holds resonance to the bands surf roots, but bolsters this new fuller sound. The lyrics transport you to a sunny mind-set filled with palm trees and hippies as far as the eye can see.
The albums leading single, I Only Bought It For The Bottle, has been around for a few months and gave insight into the bands funk fetish. But I don’t think anyone could have predicted how juicy the outcome would be. Released on a cold English day, this album has the ability to take you away from normality, in a similar fashion that Manchester kings The Stone Roses Debut, painted a skeletal Manchester in 80’s indie, dance pop songs.
If you haven’t already, get grooving to Silver Dollar Moment at your nearest convenience.
Great Wave Mag met with The Orielles back stage, before they unleashed a barrage of dreamy surf-rock upon the intimate crowd inside the 100 Club. A venue with such history and uniqueness is truly a great testimony to the potential of this band.
The Orielles consist of sisters Esme-Dae (Bass/Vocals) & Sidonie (Drums), with Henry providing his services for lead guitar. Henry has been friends with the sisters ever since the age of nine, the age when they first began to jam. But the band is still rather new, only officially existing the past 2/3 years.
The 100 Club doesn’t seem to intimidate the band, their calm exteriors let you know they have what it takes to put such a prestigious venue under their belts. It feels really good to be playing here, Sidonie added; I’ve heard a lot of decent punk bands have played here which is cool.
Their surf side is inspired by The Beach Boys and more modern surf sounds like Pixies, but the extra ingredient in their recent vibe derives from their interest in post-punk, disco and funk genres with The Orielles twist added on.
Delighting the crowd with a range of tracks from older material such as Joey Says We Got it, Just like Glue & Jobin as well as their new track Sugar Tastes Like Salt & I Only Bought It For The Bottle, which delves into their fascination with funk and acid house, while still retaining their specific sound. We’ve come a long way from playing Green Day covers, Henry says; still yearn for them days. Who would have guessed that?