Interview: Orgy (Los Angeles)

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Since 1994, Jay Gordon has been a standard-bearer for moving metal forward, incorporating industrial and electronic elements into rock and metal before many of his contemporaries. “Blue Monday” was a force to reckon with on its release. Despite being a rework of a New Order track, the single tore up alternative radio in the late 90s.

Orgy’s gone through a few iterations, and reformed in 2011 with what could be the most solid and sound version to date. We sit down with Jay Gordon to chat the new Talk Sick EP, their recent tour, and Europe now that they signed with Henk Hakker of Black Mob. Who’s Henk? The former CEO of Roadrunner Records in Germany.

The Sick Talk Tour just wrapped up at the end of April. Iron
Maiden likes to go golf whenever they have a break. What’s the first thing
each of you did to unwind from tour?

Just sitting here wondering what to do with myself other than packing because I am moving to a new place and moving sucks!

How are the new Talk Sick tracks shaping up live? What’s the new track
people need to come out to see on stage?

People seem to really enjoy the new songs so I’d say the new tracks are doing rather well for us, which makes us feel pretty good about the material we’ve been working on lately. Getting crazier with the next 5 tracks though. On the way soon!

My personal fav live is “Come Back.”

You did a pretty unique method in making this new EP available-having
people purchase on tour or on your website. What led you guys to release it
that way instead of through more traditional channels like iTunes, Amazon
and Spotify?

Eh, those channels are kinda boring these days. The Orgy website is where
it’s at!

Haha. Jk we haven’t really released it. It’s more of a pre-release
situation currently. More on that soon!

Entropy is on deck in the coming months. What played into figuring out
which songs would land on Talk Sick and which would land on Entropy?

Not sure if we are doing two EPs or just one full length currently. Need
the songs finished up either way. The first 7 we decided should be the Talk
Sick EP. The next 5-7 Entropy.

Going for the blast from the past. What was it like touring with Korn in
the 90s?

Fucking amazing! Duh!

What was one thing that those early tours taught you?

To enjoy it while you can! Shit ain’t gonna last forever brodie!!

What’s your favorite advice to give up-and-coming bands that you learned
from that time or from producing?

Lather, rinse, repeat!

You signed up with Henk Hakker of Black Mob over in Europe. How’s the
reception been like for Orgy in Europe?

We haven’t really seen the results of what Black Mob will bring to the
table. We are just gonna bring out A game, & hope everyone else does the
same. I’m sure if we align things with our new associations, things will
start to happen. Looking forward to all that awaits!

And finally, what’s the food you’re looking forward to the most when you
get back over there?

That’s a tough one for me. I’m gonna try and bring food from home so I
don’t have to wonder if what I ordered will actually taste the way I
imagine it. Europe is amazing tho. Love it over there and it’s a shame we
never toured there years ago.

We really feel it’s critical to connect with the people there and hope to
capture a vast European audience.

Many thanks for taking the time to speak with us! We look forward to
seeing you out on the road again soon!

Thoughts?