Next in the line up of ellesse #mystylemysound sessions are widely noted ‘ones to watch’ The Orielles, who have dropped into Metropolis Studios to perform two tracks from their critically acclaimed new album Silver Dollar Moment.
Sisters Esme and Sidonie Hand-Halford first met Henry Carlyle Wade at a house party in their hometown of Halifax. The three clicked over a love of music and the next day formed The Orielles. After learning to play their instruments on the road, the group polished their own distinctive sound through playing multiple live shows. Their 80’s noir-inspired, surf rock sound explores styles similar to Tame Impala and Metronomy, with the female vocals of Pixies.
Possessing a cultured taste in the arts that shines through into their music and DIY aesthetics, the band are hugely inspired by indie movies and film pioneers. The video for their single ‘Let Your Dogtooth Grow’ references David Lynch and the movie ‘Dog Tooth’ by Yorgos Lanthimos, whilst ‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’ is a quote from a Quentin Tarantino film. The band’s critically acclaimed album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ combines this with a melodic, dreamy alt-rock injection that creates their unique sound and gives it a rebellious edge.
For thier My Style My Sound session, The Orielles have performed their track ‘Sunflower Seeds’ and an exclusive version of ‘Snaps’ from their debut album. Stick on your sunnies and head out into the sunshine for this one!
We caught up with The Orielles after thier session to find out more about the movie buffs and thier music…
Was music a big part of your childhood growing up?
Henry: Growing up in Halifax was quiet but there were a lot of good music services, so I got into music when I was 6 playing classical guitar.
Esme: Yeah, Halifax is quite a quiet place in terms of a music scene when you get beyond learning how to play music. There’s not many venues or bands to support. Luckily my family were very musical, so growing up my dad used to be in a band, so it sort of got me into it. As I’ve grown up playing music, we’ve sort of mutually inspired each other to make music.
Henry: I had a pretty poor music taste but Sid and Es have grown up on pretty banging music, so we had an exchange of tastes down the line. First song we both mutually liked was Pixies – Here Comes Your Man.
What are your first standout musical memories?
E: I remember when I was young, having a tape we used to play in the car on long journeys which was Pet Sands – Beach Boys. Me and Sid would be sat in the back of the car singing the harmonies and I guess at the time, I never thought I would be the singer in a band, but it’s stuff like that which really influenced me to get into harmony and melodies and vocals.
H: I have a similar inspiration. Often your parents playing and you listening to music in the back of the car. We used to drive up to Scotland and listen to Boston’s first album and my mum would be drumming on the steering wheel and I was playing air guitar in the back before I knew how to play. I got a guitar and was stood in the mirror trying to play it, but I couldn’t. Then my mum asked me if I wanted lessons and that kick started it all. We also used to listen to Fatboy Slim. I forgot about it but then when I grew up and my music taste went in that direction and nostalgic memories that I thought I’d forgotten from holidaying in Cornwall came back. It’s quite powerful that, it triggers memories you thought you’d lost.
What drives you and excites you to make music?
E: It’s a mix of so many things. The main one is vining with each other, going to practice all the time and hearing our music back. It’s so exciting. There’s so many more motives though, like personally for me as a woman in the music industry, that gives you an extra push because women are so underrepresented that it really inspires me to be a woman in music.
H: I think bouncing off each other is a very special thing, especially when you’ve known each other for so long that you can kind of tell like, little musical differences of where a piece of music is going when we’re writing it. I love that communication and unspoken thoughts between people while you’re playing a song together.
Music can really influence people’s moods – how do you relate to that?
H: Music is a very special tool for expressing emotion, especially when you’re playing it. If you play a really good gig where it’s like, happy songs and you went on feeling bad, your mood is just elated and it kind of washes you of any bad feelings. But then sometimes if you listen to a sad song when you’re sad, it’s kind of comforting to know someone else felt that way. So sometimes it’s good to be sad.
E: Yeah it’s quite a cathartic process, I think. Whether it’s sad or happy music, it can definitely kind of morph your own emotions in that element and playing a gig, whether its bad or good, you’re sort of conditioned after playing so many shows to have this sense of well being after you come off from a show. It definitely improves your mood in some way.
Do you still get nervous before or during a performance?
E: I think I’ve got less nervous over time, because obviously playing more shows does that to you, but also because I’ve sort of understood how to cope with my nerves, how to understand that it’s a bit of a false emotion in a way and learnt how to channel it. Now it’s more excitement rather than nerves.
H: Yeah, there’s a tipping point where you’re playing gigs and stop feeling nervous. Nerves kind of convert into excitement more than anything, so I don’t really struggle with nerves for live shows, but I do for filming.
Who are your key inspirations?
E: Lyrically, I’m inspired a lot by films. There’s loads of different great films with great directors. David Lynch is quite a big aesthetic one for us I think. Our latest single was written about a film called Dog Tooth by Yorgos Lanthimos. Films is the main one for me, really.
H: I think our inspiration comes from a lot of different genres but as I was trying to think of one then, I remembered this moment last night when I was putting on loads of George Harrison and it really gets me happy. I was screaming out the lyrics!
Have you ever taken a break from music or give yourself some space to re-engage with music?
H: Christmas. We always look forward to the break at the end. About half way through the turn of the year we just want to start playing again. Breaks probably aren’t the best thing.
E: I think they’re good in short bursts, like when you’re trying to record a song and you’re getting it wrong three times, you need to go out of the room and do something different.
H: We learnt that trick early on. If you don’t get a take within the first three goes, you need to stop for a bit because you get too caught up and think about it too much when it needs to just flow out naturally.
In line with our ‘Make it Better’ campaign, how does music make things better for you?
E: Music makes the world better. Music makes it a more understanding place.
H: Without music, it would be like the world was in black and white. It would be blank. You need music to reflect what people feel.
E: All aspects of culture interact in a way where music is the centre of a film or art, it’s essential to everything.
H: I was learning about this the other day and football hooligans from different clubs, when they started going to raves they dropped the whole preconception of each other and just danced, listened to music and were happy with each other. It brings people together.
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The Orielles’ album Silver Dollar Moment is out now on Heavenly Recordings.