The Organ transport you through thirty minutes of fast-paced slick, retro indie with their debut album, 'Grab The Gun'; these five Canadian girls are set to slice their way through the music industry.
No sooner has the album opened with 'Brother' than the bubbly bass and guitar interaction has already hooked your ears, the searing keyboards and edgy, slick tune is definitely reminiscent of Joy Division's minimalist scene setting, but with a bright edge. Tunes like 'Steven Smith' and 'Love, Love, Love' ache with longing enthused by the vitriolic vocals, while the sharp guitar work instils a sense of broken melancholy; the tunes' complex textures ironically manage to build up an atmosphere of overwhelming emptiness. The way in which these five girls can create such powerful moods is simply stunning; the vocals remaining virtually monotone to allow the sparkling guitars and lyrics to do the talking.
"We could start a basement band," affirms Katie Sketch in 'Basement Band Song', while the kitsch keyboard dances slowly along and even the percussion gets its chance to snap to the top of the mix. 'Sinking Hearts'' brittle, sharp guitar sound seems to cut your skin before Sketch's vocals infect you with their wistful disconnection.
'There Is Nothing I Can Do' feels like a sigh of electro disco sorrow with racing percussion lit up by a simple guitar melody with single picked notes ringing out over the rhythmic bass line. With this track running at just over 2 minutes, The Organ know exactly when to cut off their tunes to keep them punchy and fresh. 'No One Has Ever Looked So Dead' has a brighter look at the world with chirpy keyboard ripples, the breezy vocals almost begin to float above the easy going melody.
The Organ may recall 80s splendour, but their sound still has a very modern resonance and should certainly fill the most intellectual disco kids with joy and stir anyone into a carefully choreographed dance frenzy. Canada seems to be a breeding ground for quirky indie bands and The Organ certainly have enough icy sass to impress a British audience.