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.

Iโ€™m not even sure where the link is from nu-metal to Orgy. They donโ€™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 peopleโ€™s default impression of Orgy is their cover of โ€˜Blue Mondayโ€™, and make no mistake, that is a fantastic cover handled wonderfully. But the strength of Orgyโ€™s own catalogue cannot be understated.

This is futuristic, industrial rock, heavy on downtimeโ€™s guitars and synths alike. Jay Gordonโ€™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 Iโ€™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.