Band leaves path of destruction

The band that performed in Gardner last Friday, The Orwells, went home empty-handed after the teenage rock group damaged three locations on and off campus.
SGA Concerts chair Pooj Padmaraj ’13 watched as the lead singer grew progressively more destructive throughout the show.

“The lead singer of the band I guess at first started kind of punching the ceiling … and then as the set progressed he started pulling down on the metal that holds the drop ceiling in place,” Padmaraj said.

Concert attendees were also uncomfortable with several of the band members’ disrespectful behavior.

“Things were kind of tense at the concert because the band was doing things like … yelling ‘f*ck it,’ and just a lot of hate speech popped up,” said Sam Dunnington ’14.
Following the performance, the band made its way to Haines where it scrawled profanities on the third floor.

“They got in—I don’t know how they got in—and they defaced some of the walls,” Padmaraj said.

“Some vulgar language was written on the back of the door to the stairwell. At one point in the afternoon I cleaned it up—I didn’t want to look at it anymore,” said Haines resident Elizabeth Phelan ’14.

Finally, The Orwells finished their evening off campus, where one member threw a chair through the window of a student’s off-campus house.

“It wasn’t even all of the band. It was just one guy who also happened to go off campus and throw a chair through the window,” Padmaraj said.

“They showed up at an after-party thrown by some Grinnell students at which they behaved badly enough that they were asked to leave by one of the women who lived in the house,” Dunnington said. “Once he left, he threw a tantrum outside.”

The band was screened by the Concerts committee as usual and was chosen because they seemed to be rising stars in the music world.

“They happen to be very young,” Padmaraj said. “I think their oldest member is nineteen.”

Padamaraj retained their check after witnessing the damage in Gardner Friday night. All of the damage costs will be subtracted from their paycheck and the remaining balance, if there is any, will be paid to the band at a later date.

“It’s in their contract. It says that if they cause any damage or do anything on our property, we will charge them,” Padmaraj said.

Padmaraj has notified Facilities Management, Michael Sims, the Director of Campus Center Operations/Student Activities and Gabriel Barela, the RLC for Loosehead as well as contacting the band’s agents to be sure that any repairs will be covered by the band.

“The agents are in agreement, so there’s really not much other than that they caused damage and now they have to deal with it,” Padmaraj said.


'Band leaves path of destruction' have 10 comments

  1. February 1, 2013 @ 6:25 pm Carter

    Lighten up. It’s rock n’ roll.

  2. February 1, 2013 @ 6:25 pm awesome

    #yolo

  3. February 1, 2013 @ 6:27 pm Chase Gibson

    we were thinking of signing these guys, but not anymore. they just cost themselves a big deal. childish…they have no idea what it means to be a rock n roll band. disrespecting the great grinnell college? unreal…

  4. February 1, 2013 @ 7:22 pm Donnie Love

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks to the grannies of Grinnell for the thorough coverage!

  5. February 1, 2013 @ 8:30 pm justin

    it’s rock & roll. what do yall expect?

  6. February 2, 2013 @ 5:08 am z m steven

    It never ceases to amaze me how shallow our society has become! In the traditions of the great icons of our time, such as The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols ,Nirvana to name a few. What do they all have in common with The Orwells…simply , an originality that was not recognized but criticized. This manifested itself in youthful frustrations, and still the educational campus has learn t nothing about creative youth culture from the past 50 years.instead i see a Victorian response from the campus and the agent, where, instead of understanding the frustrations, they criticize the issue in monetary terms. Quite frankly, good on you The Orwells, search out the creative boundaries and be perfectionists. Do not keep it in, as it seems that the suppression of emotions seems to manifest itself in school shootings,all over the USA

  7. February 2, 2013 @ 1:05 pm z m steven

    It never ceases to amaze me how shallow our society has become! In the traditions of the great icons of our time, such as The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, The Sex Pistols ,Nirvana to name a few. What do they all have in common with The Orwells…simply , an originality that was not recognized but criticized. This manifested itself in youthful frustrations, and still the educational campus has learn t nothing about creative youth culture from the past 50 years.instead i see a Victorian response from the campus and the agent, where, instead of understanding the frustrations, they criticize the issue in monetary terms. Quite frankly, good on you The Orwells, search out the creative boundaries and be perfectionists. Do not keep it in, as it seems that the suppression of emotions seems to manifest itself in school shootings,all over the USA

  8. February 2, 2013 @ 1:36 pm Dylan Naylor

    gobama!

  9. February 2, 2013 @ 1:37 pm Jake White

    ROLL DAMN TIDE

  10. February 5, 2013 @ 9:26 pm Danny Langerman

    The Orwells tore that shit up! Twin Peaks too yo! Great show!


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