Ahead of making their return to Salford this Sunday to play Sounds from the Other City for Heavenly Records, we asked writer Amelia Crombleholme to profile the band. The 24 months since their debut SFTOC have been enormous, and we can’t wait to have them back this Sunday.
The Orielles are from Halifax, made up of sisters Esme Dee (vocals, bass) and Sidonie B. (drums) Hand-Halford, Henry Carlyle Wade (guitar, vocals), and Alex Stephens (keys). The band met as children and have played together ever since. Several of the members were still in their teens and at university while recording the 2018 debut album, Silver Dollar Moment, at Manchester’s EVE studios.
The Orielles embrace a DIY aesthetic, inspired by 90s alternative bands such as Pixies and Sonic Youth. Silver Dollar Moment (a name for “anything that’s unexpectedly brilliant”) ranged from garage rock to disco-inspired pop and was widely acclaimed. They are also heavily inspired by film, particularly the works of Quentin Tarantino, and their single Let Your Dog Tooth Grow was named after an earlier work by The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos. Their videos are often shot as mini films with a narrative.
The band made their SFTOC debut in 2017, and this Sunday they will return to play Unit 3 alongside Heavenly Recordings label mates Working Mens Club. In the intervening 2 years between they’ve not been slacking, touring all over Europe and playing many festivals including Y Not and End of the Road.
They’ve also been recording their second album; and while they’ve yet to release any new material, they recently shared a playlist full of tracks that inspired them. Judging from the range of artists, including CAN, Wilko, and Brian Eno, we can expect the new album to be even more experimental and creative.
Sidonie has become a Mental Health First Aid Champion for the Mind Map. She says: “I meet and work with a lot of people on tour who struggle with their mental health. In the past I might have waited for them to approach me, but now I’d have more confidence to reach out.”
She has also co-started Boogie Bitches, a “female-led DJ collective in the North of England.”
The Orielles play Unit 3, 9.30pm