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Dundalk band Orwell’s 84 return with ‘It’s What They Want’

February 24, 2023

“It’s What They Want” is the first single off Orwell ‘84’s upcoming album. The band have looked to explore social and everyday life narratives, dressed up in pop stylings of the 1960’s.

Forever referring to themselves as “a phoenix from the ashes” Orwells ’84 in its original incarnation was the brainchild of singer and songwriter Damien McKenna.

Based on the free spirit and loosened shackles of the Plastic Ono band, McKenna set out to seek musicians for the cause. Quickly recruiting guitarist and long-time friend Sean Byrne the pair were followed into the line-up by celloist Ella Englishby.

Based on these elements the band cultivated a manifesto and a sound to match. The line-up was completed by the incomings of musicians and producers Peter Mc Coy and Pauric McCrum.

Immersed in the 60’s and drawing on bands of era, the song came to life during a conversation Mc Kenna had with friends about love and relationships. When the question was posed “why does love mean so much to human happiness?”, the response “But love IS life through a lover’s eyes” cemented with McKenna the message he wanted to convey.

It’s What They Want is a step forward from the music stylings of the band’s first EP “Truth is The First Victim” but still holds close the essence and musical philosophy that Orwells ’84 steep themselves in.

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