Orlando Seale and The Swell

Live Act Alt-Rock
Orlando Seale and The Swell - Alt-Rock Live Act in London

Orlando Seale and The Swell Short Info

Orlando was living and working as an actor in LA when his girlfriend at the time lent him Elliot Smith’s old guitar. Then she left him. He made his way home to London and was struck by the rapidly changing city, its caffeinated highs and ‘Gin Street’ lows. Thanks to a special collaboration with the Southbank Sinfonia, Orlando met viola players Becky Hopkin and Patricia Ramirez. Along with bassist Micky Turkington they created the Swell, an attempt to capture the epic sweep of the unreal city.

Then the sky fell down.
Life lurched left and steadily became more like wrestling than dancing.

So armed with new drummer Andrew Gallop the band holed up in a condemned rehearsal space behind Denmark Street and began to carve out a harsher, less lyrical sound that reflected the turbulent times. In December 2015 they released their latest single ‘Wrestling’.
Happily critics and fans embraced the new direction and The Swell have since been playing sold out shows around the country and performing at some of the UK’s leading festivals. New releases are on their way…

“Like Arcade Fire with better lyrics” – Serena Davies, Daily Telegraph

“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, Wilderness Festival

“Like a male Florence and The Machine” – Noel Fielding

Orlando was living and working as an actor in LA when his girlfriend at the time lent him Elliot Smith’s old guitar. Then she left him. He made his way home to London and was struck by the rapidly changing city, its caffeinated highs and ‘Gin Street’ lows. Thanks to a special collaboration with the Southbank Sinfonia, Orlando met viola players Becky Hopkin and Patricia Ramirez. Along with bassist Micky Turkington they created the Swell, an attempt to capture the epic sweep of the unreal city.

Then the sky fell down.
Life lurched left and steadily became more like wrestling than dancing.

So armed with new drummer Andrew Gallop the band ho...

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Past Gigs Orlando Seale and The Swell

  • 04 | 2016 London Scala - SOLD OUT
  • 12 | 2015 London Wrestling

Discography Orlando Seale and The Swell

  • 2015 All of the Dogs Single | Self
  • 2015 Filthy Hope Single | Self
  • 2014 Live at Assault and Battery Album | Self

Media

  • Sound Wrestling
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Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2000

Members

  • Orlando Seale Lead Vocals and Guitar
  • Michael Turkington Bass, Vocals and FX
  • Andrew Gallop Drums and Percussion
  • Becky Hopkin Viola and Vocals
  • Patricia Ramirez Reinoso Viola and Vocals