Live: The Orielles @ Tooting Tram and Social

The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

Halifax’s finest The Orielles travelled to South London for a headline show on Saturday night at SW17’s Tooting Tram and Social. The band are made up of Sidonie Hand-Halford on drums, her sister Esme on bass and vocals and guitarist Henry Carlyle-Wade, whom the sisters met at a house party just a couple of years ago.

Since then the trio have crafted their respective instrumental talents and impressed the industry with their surf-pop/garage sound, self-releasing double-track Space Doubt in 2015. Garnering support through energetic live performances and many miles on the road in the last year, they are now assisted by independent label Art Is Hard Records and their first 3-track EP Jobin is set for release on the 1st April.
Esme Hand-Halford of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

Esme Hand-Halford of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

The scale of the impressive chandelier-lit converted tram shed makes for a great setting for live music. As the teens arrived on stage, Henry confidently declared the party started in a thick West Yorkshire accent and proceeded to kick off with the infectiously catchy track Bitchcraft.

The Haligonians continued with Space Doubt and yet to be released new song Crew Cut, both of which are brimming with a trippy pop sound that wouldn’t have been unfamiliar back in the flower power era of the 1960’s.    
Henry Carlyle Wade of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

Henry Carlyle Wade of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

Attempting to draw the largely seated crowd to their feet, youthful Carlyle-Wade exerted a guitar performance oozing with energy and flailing hair for the next track Just Like Glue. Paying respect to those in the audience now standing, the threesome continued on with final track Sliders from their forthcoming EP, a track with a distinctly heavier garage sound and featuring a strong drum influence from Sidonie.
Esme Hand-Halford & Henry Carlyle Wade of The Orielles (Lauren Patel)

Esme Hand-Halford & Henry Carlyle Wade of The Orielles (Lauren Patel)

The three mellow it down for Twin Freaks, an ever so slightly eerie track from the new EP which Esme leads with sharp yet softer vocal performance. Title-track Jobin follows, a stand-out tune which highlights the Northerners’ skills in crafting Californian pop melodies strewn successfully together with a mischievous garage sound.
Sidonie Hand-Halford of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

Sidonie Hand-Halford of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

The set came to an end with a well performed extended instrumental mellay of drums, guitar and bass. Oh, and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll attitude as Carlyle-Wade threw his guitar to the floor with force and an over excited audience member dived face first onto the stage and into the drum kit (before quickly being removed by Security!).
Henry Carlyle Wade of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

Henry Carlyle Wade of The Orielles (Kalpesh Patel)

New EP Jobin looks set to be a big hit if the number of pre-release listens are anything to go by. This coupled with more eclectic live performances to come this summer will ensure that The Orielles ought to be one to watch in 2016.

The Orielles play Brighton, Bristol, Reading and Leeds in the next month before a final show at Hackney Shapes on the 9th April and their new EP Jobin is released on the 1st April.

Live review of The Orielles @ Tooting Tram and Social by Lauren Patel on 26th March 2016

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Photography by Lauren and Kalpesh Patel. Kalpesh has more music photography up on his flickr stream here:
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