New and Improved Orgy Comes To Denver

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Formed in Los Angeles in 1994, electro-metal band Orgy earned themselves some serious international fame when they put out the Candyass album in ’98, and the subsequent single, a cover of New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Following a third album in 2004, Punk Statik Paranoia, the band went away for six years. Frontman Jay Gordon kept busy with various side projects before putting a new band together and dusting off the Orgy name for a 2012 tour.

New material finally surfaced in 2015 in the form of the Talk Sick EP, and a full-length album, Entropy, is planned for this year. The original plan was for Entropy to be another EP, since Gordon insists that people don’t have time to sit through a whole album in the modern world. Plans change, however, and it will now be a full-length “for no big reason,” according to Gordon.

With none of the original band besides Gordon remaining, it’s easy to view Orgy as his project in the same way that, say, Nine Inch Nails is Trent Reznor’s baby, but the singer is keen to point out that all of the current members have been involved in the creative process. It’s simply a different band and a different beast using the same name.

“The new record is going to be heavy as shit, and people are going to be blown away by what we’re doing right now,” Gordon says. “I’ve been slowly building it and letting it happen naturally, and it’s probably taken way too long. Now, things are sailing along. The new lineup is doing really good. It’s a different kind of situation. It’s like comparing apples and oranges.”

As the band has evolved, so too have Gordon’s influences. When the band first emerged, Orgy’s sound was lumped somewhere between the dark nu-metal of Korn and Deftones, and the industrial metal of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. After all, those bands were enormously popular at the time and labels were clamoring for the next big thing, as they do when a new stylistic craze kicks in. Hence the deals scored by the likes of unlikely bands Spineshank and Static-X.

The older Gordon has gotten, the further down the electronica road he has traveled, naming French techno artist and DJ Gesaffelstein as his current fave. “I love him,” Gordon says. “I love that kind of stuff. There are so many new bands. I listen to a lot of singles so I skip around a lot. 

Naturally though, for someone with a passion for looking forward and constantly evolving, Gordon was devastated by the recent death of David Bowie. “I tweeted and said on Facebook that my hero is gone,” he says. “I was blown away. It’s not like we were friends or anything, but I had an innate love for that man. He was amazing. One of the most innovative and genius brains ever. People don’t do that anymore.”

The current incarnation of Orgy will be at the Marquis in Denver on Wednesday as part of the "Pop Killers” tour. Gordon says that, while the altitude fucks with him a bit, he enjoys playing here immensely and this coming set will be blast for fans old and new.

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“We’ll play a bunch of the old stuff, and a lot of new stuff,” he says. “It’s really starting to take shape. This tour means a lot. People are really behind it, better than all of the other ones we’ve done since putting the band back together.”

As for the rest of the year? Fans can look forward to Entropy. Meanwhile, Gordon teased with hints at a big tour opening for a major band. One thing you can guarantee is that Gordon and Orgy will have a keen eye on the future. It’s an unpredictable little band, and that could make them worth watching this year.

Orgy plays with Bobaflex, Death Valley High and Dr. Death + Mr. Vile at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20 at the Marquis Theater; 2009 Larimer St., Denver; 303-487-0111; $14-$16.

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