068: ORGY

For an almost exclusively nu-metal kid, when Orgy came along in 1998 it was like some truly different breached my small world.

I’m not even sure where the link is from nu-metal to Orgy. They don’t fit any of the tropes of the genre – they sound different, the certainly look different, but for whatever reason they descended upon that scene and I was all for it. They toured with Korn, and that meant they were part of this.

Most people’s default impression of Orgy is their cover of ‘Blue Monday’, and make no mistake, that is a fantastic cover handled wonderfully. But the strength of Orgy’s own catalogue cannot be understated.

This is futuristic, industrial rock, heavy on downtime’s guitars and synths alike. Jay Gordon’s vocals are immediately recognisable, and were unlike anything 14yr old me had ever heard. An ethereal croon, sultry and sinister.

As always, as I write this post, I have Orgy playing, and I’m reminded how special this band is to me. This is the first band to show me the world outside my genre-bound nascent love of music. Eye-opening, mind-expanding, and those opening vocals in Stitches still give me goosebumps 23 years later, now with added nostalgia and emotion.