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Organical

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
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"Organical - We've Lost Contact with Monster Island"

Organical is another band that I found about from a member of metalguitarist.org. Darren Wilson, one of the band's guitarists, made a post saying that they uploaded some new songs. I hadn't checked out the band before, so I went onto his website and checked out some of the songs. I really liked them, so once the store section of the site was up and running, I went ahead and placed an order for their new album, We've Lost Contact with Monster Island. Me being the type to prefer physical copies, I ordered the cd rather than just the iTunes download. Unfortunately, the band is from Canada, so this meant a waiting for about a week and a half or so. It was well worth the wait though. The shipping price to the US wasn't bad either ($3). Also worth noting is that Darren told me I was the first person to place an order on their new online store. Pretty cool lol, and I ended up getting a free button pin and bumper sticker. Unfortunately, the sticker was bent up a little and had a corner torn. It was a really clean tear though and looked fine when I applied it to my amp cabinet. I digress though, thanks for the freebies guys! (and thanks to the Canadian/US postal services for bending up my sticker. You jerks.)

I only ended up listening to the songs on the band's website before ordering the cd arrived, though you can stream the entire album on the band's Facebook page. I guess I just wanted some of the songs to be a surprise. :)

Enough of the boring crap, onto the music. Listening through it, I can say it's truly a masterpiece. It's not really that heavy, but I would still consider it metal. It's also got some elements of electronica in there as well, along with various hints at other genres from time to time. Now when I say that, probably the first thing that comes to mind for a lot of people is band's like The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!, Asking Alexandria, etc. Believe me, this band is NOTHING like that. This has much more of an experimental edge to it. Organical isn't really a band where you can say "they sort of sound like [band x]." Heck, they're not even really a band where you can say "they sound kind of like [band x] mixed with [band y] with a little hint of [band z]." They've captured they're own unique sound, and I love it.

In addition to the excellent songwriting, the quality of the recording and production is absolutely top notch. It's very full and dynamic. This is definitely an album that you'll want a good system to listen to it on.

The artwork is of the packaging is great too and really fits the mood of the music. The back of the case for example has the tracklist separated, with the earlier tracks at the bottom and the later tracks at the top, with links to the bands website, twitter, facebook, and myspace between the separated segments. And yes, that's a QR code there in the middle (though I don't know what it links too since I don't have any means of decoding it). There's no booklet included. Rather, all the song lyrics/credits/everything else you would normally find in a booklet are all printed on the inside of the packaging.

Listen to them and buy the album. You won't be disappointed. - Obscure or Otherwise Music


"Foetus + Coil + Split Enz??!?"

Foetus + Coil + Split Enz??!? (**** )
by Michael Whitney

They list their influences as Foetus, Coil, Black Sabbath, Split Enz, Nick Drake, Can, Neu!, XTC, The Cure, The Residents, Einsturzende Neubauten, Pink Floyd, My Bloody Valentine, Young Gods, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, Magma and sound like A Perfect Circle, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Muse, Faith No More, Jeff Buckley, Tomahawk.

That's all I needed to read to buy this album. The first track sounds like Powerman 5000 (which might not be a good thing), but hang in there. The music is diverse and might have you hooked by the fifth track. - iTunes


"OFFICE GOTH: MUSIC PHENOMENON OF THE DARK & MATURE"

By Laura Wiebe Taylor

ORGANICAL w/ Mary 5E and Marr Band Saturday, Aug. 23 Circus Room

Blending “mechanical” and “organic” – an intriguing concept, and in reality that crossing of terms is also a good description of the band it names. In its original form, Organical escaped from the brain of former Malhavoc member Steve Jelliman. But from its first conception to its present incarnation, a period spanning roughly five years, Organical has morphed into a five–member force: Jelliman on guitar and vocals; Dan Bérubé on synth noises and occasional vocals, Nina Doric on bass, Rob Kisler on drums and other percussion, and Darren Wilson on 7–string guitar.

ECHO: When did your album, Psyche Self–Defense, first come out?

Steve Jelliman: It’s kind of a convoluted history. It came out in England actually, April/May 2002, through a small company who were distributing it. But they didn’t do a very good job, and it was an open–ended contract, so we just kind of reclaimed it and put it out ourselves independently in February.

E:That’s kind of unusual, for a Canadian band to be released in England before Canada…

SJ: Yeah, it’s not really as glamorous as it sounds. It was a small company, and they really didn’t help us much.

Dan Bérubé: It was cyberland related. Physical location isn’t all that important anymore.

SJ: It’s a great concept; it just didn’t work out this time. So if anyone has a record label, and wants to give us some money, we don’t have one.

Darren Wilson: We have the cd, and it’s all ready to go, we just don’t have distribution. We’re selling it through our website right now and at shows. So you can go to www.organical.net and pick it up there, or you can come out to the shows where we sell it cheaper.

DB: Rock bottom prices.

SJ: Ideally we’d like to get someone who’d be willing to distribute it and help us get it in stores, but failing that, we’ll just slodge on and do the next one, and see what happens from there.

E: How long have you been together as Organical?

SJ: About a year and a half.

DW: That’s an interesting story in itself. Organical actually predates the line–up. Steve sort of recruited all of us to help fill the entire vision of what Organical could be. The cd was recorded prior to there being a full band in place, and was all done by Steve. We just all got hooked into it, evolved the music somewhat and metamorphosised it a bit in the live environment. We’ve started writing more, and the whole idea of what Organical is and could be is still evolving and changing as we play more. If you come out to the live show, you’ll hear a lot of tracks off the cd, but you’ll hear them a bit differently than what they were in the studio. Some are a little heavier, some are a little longer. It’s a lot of fun to play, and there are a lot of interesting contrasts and interesting twists. That’s probably what drew us all into it.

DB: When we finally do get the new album done, it’s going to be like night and day from the last one. The progression, the way things are going — it’s getting pretty crazy and pretty nutty, a lot more experimental…

SJ: It’s going to be cool, because this was done through a computer — it’s very sample driven, and we still have tonnes of that, but having the element of live drums and bass guitar, it’s more ‘organic,’ if you’ll pardon the pun. It’s just got more of a raw feel to it, in a good way, more powerful.

DB: We’re feeding all the organic instruments through a lot of electronics, and the result is a lot cleaner sounding, and there are a lot of variations that you wouldn’t hear doing something on a computer.

DW: And also, every member of the band comes from a different musical background. We all have different tastes and different things that we bring to the table, so all those influences come out and enrich what it is that we’re writing and creating. The music that we listen to when we’re not playing our own music is pretty divergent – everything from ambient electronic to metal and everything in between.

Those backgrounds are truly diverse — seven years in Malhavoc for Jelliman, immersion in the techno/rave/DJ scene for Bérubé, education in graphic design and an interest in electronic music and experimental composition for Wilson, and the Toronto bar scene crawl with various bands for Doric and Kisler (though Kisler claims alternately to have no history or to have met Jelliman in Tijuana while busking with a bucket and two stale breadsticks after coming off a world supermodel tour with Ru Paul). That diversity makes it hard for Organical to pin down their locale in the world of categories and genres. Rejecting the pretension of terms like ‘postmodern goth’ and the ghetto–isation of music described as ‘metal’, the band recently happened on the perfect label — ‘office goth.’

E: How did you arrive at the term ‘office goth’?

SJ: I like the term ‘gothic’ because we play really dark music, and we like a lot of that music, but unfortunately because we work in offices, we can’t wear our black leather fetish gear all the time, so we’re like — ‘office goth’. So we’re goth on weekends.

To check out Organical’s new office goth revolution be at Kitchener’s Circus Room on Saturday, August 23rd when they play with local artist Mary 5e and Hamilton’s Marr Band. - Echo Weekly; August 23, 2003


Discography

We've Lost Contact With Monster Island | 2010
corpses EP | 2008
comfortchurch EP | 2007
The Elementals | 2005
Psyche Self-Defense | 2002

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After recording 4 CDs and touring North America with Juno award-nominated industrial metal pioneers Malhavoc, singer/songwriter Steve Jelliman conceived Organical in 1998. Originally a studio project following Jelliman’s departure from Malhavoc, Organical evolved into a five-piece band in order to perform live material from the debut full-length CD “Psyche Self-Defense”. Joining Jelliman onstage were Nina Doric on bass, Dan Berube on keyboards, and Rob Kisler on drums, and Darren Wilson, owner of Decibel Guitars on guitar.

A post-metal exploration in cross-genre boundary shoving, Organical’s sound emerged as aural sculpture; carefully balanced electronic samples layered over heavy, driving guitar/ drum noise. Drawing from influences like Foetus, Young Gods, Girls Against Boys, Bollywood, B-movie soundtracks and spaghetti westerns, the band spent several years rehearsing and giving live performances before returning to the studio in 2004 to record their second full-length album, “The Elementals.” A progression from “Psyche Self-Defense”, “The Elementals” continued to the bands flirtations with traditional industrial/metal by combining drum and bass samples with power chord mania and tinges of Bollywood and Eastern music.

In 2006 Organical reassembled in a different configuration. Ed Barao joined the band on bass and his Gippy Tummy & Thirdstage bandmate George Todorovski sat in on drums while the band searched for a full time member. The band recorded “comfortchurch”, an EP that that explored space and restraint. Unlike earlier Organical recordings, “comfortchurch” was recorded in the band’s rehearsal studio, Badvision with minimal overdubs and synths. Organical followed “comfortchurch” with a single, “Corpses.”, which functions as both an excavation of the band’s metal roots and clears the cupboards of some b-sides and older material.

In 2007 the band added the long awaited full-time drummer John Lalley, formerly a member of Groovy Religion, Rusty and Juno award-winning band Bootsauce. After much construction, deconstruction, reconstruction, and pitting Lalley against The Machine, Organical has released the greatest album ever made: “We’ve Lost Contact With Monster Island.” At the very least, it’s the greatest album ever about Japanese monster movies and early video game consoles. The band has several live shows lined up for 2010 with the promise to make stages magically disappear under the sheer tonnage of their accumulated gear and to make your brain explode out your ears from their staggering skyscraper of sound.