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Dance funerals and Euphoric wakes.

Orlando was living and working as an actor in LA when his girlfriend lent him Elliot Smith's old guitar. Then she left him.

“I saw Orlando Seale and The Swell at The Half Moon in Putney. And we’ve played them on the show before but I have to say it was the finest thing I’ve heard since Orphans and Vandals two years ago. It’s a ten piece, orchestral band with such freshness, and vigor, and power and newness about the writing and the delivery…It really swept us away. The crowd started out enthusiastic but by the end of it they were going absolutely ape crazy for the band. You must try and see Orlando Seale and The Swell if you possibly can.
Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music

“Like a male Florence and The Machine”
Noel Fielding, The Mighty Boosh

“Brilliant British band Orlando Seale and The Swell -like Arcade Fire with better lyrics.”
Serena Davies, Daily Telegraph Arts Diary

“These guys are awesome. Brilliant songs that are even better live. Also helps that Orlando is easy on eye!”
Miranda Cooper, Xenomania/Girls Aloud

“To hear them in full splendour makes me want to weep, absolutely unique…We have really good bands on the show, but that for me will be one of the most memorable ones…absolutely fantastic.”
Jo Goode, BBC London

”A ballsy, bohemian behemoth coming on like Jarvis Cocker fronting Arcade Fire with a petite orchestra of drum-beating and string-serenading beauties.”
Will Rees, London Folk Guild/Wilderness festival

We are:
Orlando Seale (writing songs and singing)
Chris Moore- drums
Sarah 'I swoon' Bennington- flute/vocals/percussion
Rob Wilks- guitar, noises
Dan Bull-cello
Patricia Ramirez-viola
Becky Hopkin-viola
Micky Turkington-bass.

The songs on this page are taken from our session at Assault and Battery studio, produced & mixed by Rob Wilks at Squarehead Studio in Kent. Engineered by James Simpson, and Drew from Assault and Battery.

Some highlights for us...Green Man, Wilderness, Winterwell, No Direction Home, and How The Light Gets In (HAY), Smugglers festival, Sundance (London), Woodburner, Mandstock (italy), Shakespeare & Co (Paris), the ICA in London, The Old Vic Tunnels, The Union Chapel, The Tabernacle, Shunt, The Troubadour, The Slaughtered Lamb...

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