Watch the Video for "Black Francis" by The Orwells
23 January 2017
The Orwells recently shared a video for their new song, "Black Francis," from their forthcoming album Terrible Human Beings, out February 17th on Canvasback Music. Guitarist Matt O'Keefe calls the song "an ode to one of our main men," referring to The Pixies Frank Black, aka Black Francis. "Felt long overdue that we paid him some direct respect. We've been ripping him off for years, hopefully, this chips away at the massive debt we've got to him." Matt's brother Eddie O'Keefe directed the video, and explained that the band's goal was to "channel a sort of nineties hip-hop energy; something that could compliment the track's Beastie Boys-like cadence. In an effort to achieve that feeling, we drew inspiration from Spike Lee, using the opening-title dance sequence from Do The Right Thing and his infamous floating subject shots as the foundation of our shoot.” Watch the video above.
The band is also announcing an in-store at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on Terrible Human Being's release date, February 17th. Fans who buy the record at the store that day will gain free admittance to the show. Additionally, they were just announced for the Bonnaroo and Governor's Island Music Festivals. See full tour dates below.
THE ORWELLS TOUR DATES: Fri. Feb. 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade Records Mon. Feb. 20 - Munich, DL @ Strom Tue. Feb. 21 - Berlin, DL @ Musik & Frieden Wed. Feb. 22 - Cologne, DL @ Luxor Thu. Feb. 23 - Utrecht, NL @ Den Helling Fri. Feb. 24 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord Sat. Feb. 25 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique Rotonde Mon. Feb. 27 - Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere Wed. Mar. 1 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo Thu. Mar. 2 - Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hound Fri. Mar. 3 - Brighton, UK @ Haunt Sat. Mar. 4 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla Sun. Mar. 5 - Manchester, UK @ Gorilla Tue. Mar. 7 - London, UK @ Scala Thu. Mar. 16 - Chicago, IL @ Metro Fri. Mar. 17 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Sat. Mar. 18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Mon. Mar. 20 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar Wed. Mar. 22 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre Thu. Mar. 23 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Gallery Mon. Mar. 27 - Fresno, CA @ Strummers Tue. Mar. 28 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades Wed. Mar. 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall Thu. Mar. 30 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Fri. Mar. 31 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic Sat. Apr. 1 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon Mon, Apr. 3 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom Tue. Apr. 4 - El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace Thu. Apr. 6 - Austin, TX @ Emo's Fri. Apr. 7 - Houston, TX @ The Secret Group Sat. Apr. 8 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada Sun. Apr. 9 - Norman, OK @ Opolis Mon. Apr. 10 - St. Louis, MO @ Ready Bar Wed. May 17 - Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar Thu. May 18 - Detroit, MI @ El Club Fri. May 19 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop Sat. May 20 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater Mon. May 22 - Toronto, ON @ Mod Club Tue. May 23 - Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz PDB Wed. May 24 - Albany, NY @ The Hollow Fri. May 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer Sat. May 27 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat Sun. May 28 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Wonder Bar Tue. May 30 - Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall Wed. May 31 - Hamden, CT @ The Ballroom at the Outer Space Fri. June 2 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair Fri. June 2 - Sun. June 4 - New York, NY @ Governor's Island Music Festival Tue. June 6 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle Wed. June 7 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West Thu. June 8 - Sun. June 11 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival