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The Orwells and The Symposium take the stage at Underground Arts

Coming straight from Chicago to Philadelphia, The Orwells played at the Underground Arts on Nov. 4, putting on a show just as memorable as when they last  took the stage two years ago.

The band is made up of Mario Cuomo as the lead vocalist, Dominic Corso and Matt O’Keefe on guitar, and brothers Grant Brinner and Henry Brinner as bassist and drummer. The four boys made the crowd go insane on Friday night, while promoting their newest album, “Terrible Human Beings,” scheduled for release on Feb. 17 2017, with one of their new electrifying songs, “Buddy.”

After their last album, “Disgraceland,” The Orwells grew on the underground scene with songs like “Who Needs You,” and their hit, “Dirty Sheets,” which made the crowd come alive with emotion. With their incredible melodies and Cuomo’s addictive voice, the indie-rock band has come a long way from when they started in 2011.

While the boys got ready for their performance, the opening band dominated the stage. Still a fairly new band, The Symposium, who are also from Chicago, represented their intense indie-rock culture while preparing the crowd for the main act. With their original songs “Red River” and “The Cowboy,” The Symposium successfully set the right tone for the audience, letting them enjoy their guitar riffs and soft voices.

Both bands had one thing in common: the kind of compelling sound that brings the audience closer and closer to them, allowing fans to feel their youthful vibe and crazy energy—the same energy that drove Cuomo to dive into the crowd and pull the mirrored disco ball from the ceiling, claiming it as his trophy for an amazing performance.

One thing is certain: Both The Symposium and The Orwells put on an absolutely unforgettable performance. The chemistry between the bands was the concert that the audience needed, and they pulled it off effortlessly.

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