Thursday, January 7, 2016

Orgy at the Gramercy Theatre

Jay Gordon
Orgy was born in 1994 within the goth music scene in Los Angeles, California, and was discovered and promoted by Jonathan Davis of Korn. Orgy's 1998 debut album hit based on a cover of New Order's "Blue Monday." After three albums, however, Orgy went on hiatus in 2004 while members worked on side projects. In 2011, vocalist Jay Gordon sought new musicians in order to revive the brand. The current lineup is comprised of Gordon, lead guitarist Carlton Bost, rhythm guitarist Creighton Emrick, bassist Nic Speck, and drummer Bobby Amaro. Orgy's most recent album is 2004's Punk Statik Paranoia; an EP, Talk Sick, was released on March 23, 2015.

Neighborhood residents may have been puzzled by the marquee at the Gramercy Theatre tonight, which read simply "Orgy Thursday." Inside the venue, however, the rock quintet only alluded to a sex party through veiled lyrics and gestures. Orgy performed five of the seven songs from the recent EP, plus eight songs from the band's first two albums. Gordon sang, played the showman and energized the audience. While Gordon paced the stage incessantly and enthused the audience to raise hands and sing along, his own vocal ability proved to be encased within a limited range and tonality, suited better for rap than singing. The richness of the concert was in the marriage of musical sounds, particularly alternative metal, nu metal and best of all, its industrial references.

Visit Orgy at www.orgymusic.com.