The Organ - Grab That Gun
So here we go again. A five piece from Vancouver, Canada influenced by a whole host of British bands from the 80's who have come to acclaim in some circles, though I'm not entirely sure why.
On first listening to the debut album by The Organ I can't quite see what all the fuss is about - it certainly doesn't sound like a five piece, all the arrangements are very sparse and don't get much beyond guitar, organ and drums all driven by lead singer Katie Sketch's powerful voice. However even this sounds like something she's copied from the great Siouxsie Sioux - Sketch just hasn't quite managed to put her stamp on proceedings here. Subsequent listens just confirms that she sounds like Siouxsie fronting The Cure who've had their heart, soul and anything interesting removed.
Another aspect of this record that's disappointing is the production - it all sounds very flat and tiny. There's no substance behind the recording at all - OK, so you're influenced by the 80's, but there's no need to make your record sound like it was recorded in a tin bath. This doesn't help the slower numbers either - I ended up looking at my watch and wondering how much more of this I have to endure during No One Has Ever Looked So Dead.
With the spate of 80's influenced bands at the moment, the most successful ones have managed to put their own spin on proceedings - take their influences, but manage to sound more than the sum of their parts. There's two tracks on this album that just manage to rise from the dirge - I Am Not Surprised and Sinking Hearts - the latter containing a guitar riff that Johnny Marr would have been proud to have written for The Smiths.
With all the hype that have surrounded this band I feel as though I have been let down by the final result - an album lacking any kind of passion and talent that has left me as cold as a Robert Smith embrace.