FOR most, travelling Europe in a van with a younger sibling is the stuff of nightmares. But for 21 year old Sidonie B Hand-Halford, it has become the standard procedure.

Sid is the drummer of band, The Orielles, of which her 18 year old sister Esmé Dee Hand-Halford, is the bassist and lead vocalist.

“It was never forced down our throats – our parents have gotten more into music now we’ve started playing it. We mutually inspired each other to listen to a lot of stuff. “Henry always says that we have a telepathic connection.” Says, Esmé, inviting an honest response.

Eighteen-year-old, Henry Carlyle Wade, is the guitarist and contributes to vocals in the band. He met the sisters at a house party in their hometown of Halifax prior to forming The Orielles. “They’re very in sync – when they’re writing songs they’ll just play a new part at the same time but with no prior planning to do so.

“They’re also in sync though when they’re in the van, something will happen and they’ll both start to laugh and know what each other to force I’ll just be left out of the joke.”


Though the band reside in Yorkshire, Manchester, where they performed at a sold-out Deaf Institute on Friday night, has always been a city close to their hearts.

A reminiscent Sid, provides an insight into their history with the self-proclaimed cultural capital of the North. “Es and I were born in Manchester, so I guess that’s our obvious connection. We started out in Halifax but I guess we’ve always seen Manchester as our hometown because it was here where they took us under their wing so to speak. We did our first big shows here.”

Henry shares the sentiment, and reflects on how the music of the city has influenced the sound of the band. “We’ve taken a lot of inspiration from Manchester, the Hacienda days and ACR (A Certain Ratio), and ACR helped us out in our early days, helping us to write. “We don’t really feel inspired by bands in the indie scene at the moment – our inspirations come from further afield.”

Some bands can seem disillusioned when asked about the music that influenced their own musical endeavours. The same cannot be said about The Orielles – Esme is enthusiastic about what influenced Sid and herself. “We had a good environment for music during our childhood, we weren’t really brought up on generic guitar music. It was a variety of stuff, Granddaddy and The Pebbles stand out.”

You’d be forgiven if you couldn’t hear these influences in the music of The Orielles. The surf-pop, garage sound is one that is a juxtaposition of their origin. This though – along with their DIY aesthetic is refreshing, which is perhaps why they appealed to their label Heavenly Records.

Sid, explains what the deal with Heavenly has meant for the band, thus far. “It’s been a long process, they’ve always been our favourite label so we’d been sending them tapes. I think they really got into us when they saw us supporting another one of their bands. “Our debut album comes out in February of next year. It was recorded in Stockport. We felt depressed as soon as we left the studio we enjoyed it that much. We stayed in the studio for two weeks which helped in recording, because we were so close and on the same wavelength.”

Henry provides a more humorous story of the deal and the recording of The Orielles debut album. “They wined and dined us and that was that. We were really lucky, it just all come together. A lot of the best ideas came at two in the morning when we were very drunk.”

The band continue to sky-rocket from obscurity to becoming a recognisable name and sound. After Friday at The Deaf Institute the band are now headed to Europe, before they return in April for a headline show at Gorilla.

Though the success of a band,who have adopted the DIY attitude from the get-go, is refreshing, there is question of whether such success is daunting for a band so young. Sid, being the elder-statesmen of the band says it is to something that is becoming less of an issue. “It was a little bit difficult at first I guess, we felt that people would look down at us, and not take us too seriously – now we’ve been signed it’s not there anymore. “

Henry adds that by surrounding themselves with friends, the band have been able to remain grounded and not get carried away. “They’re along for the ride. We’ve got friends playing with us, friends who are photographers for us. Friends producing us who we’ve met in the time of being a band. It’s always nice to come to Manchester and see those faces. Just because of the barrier that separates us doesn’t mean they are just fans.”

Before they headed onto to the stage, Henry provides a complex insight to what can be expected at an Orielles gig, “Boom. Just the word boom four times.”, a rather simplistic but magnificent way to sum this young band up.

Tickets for The Orielles tour in April can be purchased here

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