ORGY Frontman Says He Was 'Surprised' By Original Members' Reaction To Band's Reformation

Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with vocalist Jay Gordon of the reactivated ORGY, the "death pop" band from Bakersfield, California, to discuss the group's reformation, the status of new music and their current tour. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Icon Vs. Icon: ORGY has been off the scene for a little while. What the catalyst for rebooting and moving forward with the project?

Jay: Ya know, it had just been too long. I was really interested in getting back out on the road. That was the first thing I wanted to do. It had been so long, I just wanted to get out there, brush the rust off and roll with it to see what happens. To do that you have to have a band and start playing gigs right away and that is exactly what I did.

Icon Vs. Icon: Did you have any reservations about making that move?

Jay: Sure, there were a few here and there at first. You are never truly sure about anything you do in this business. I was worried about how the fans would respond and if they would or wouldn't like it. I had my reservations but I just went ahead with it and it has worked out really well.

Icon Vs. Icon: I know there was a little controversy on the part of the other original members about you reviving the band with a new lineup. Were you surprised at their reactions?

Jay: Honestly, yeah, I was surprised. I think a lot of people are, because it is not like they are totally busy doing their JULIEN-K thing, so I don't really know what to say about that. I was surprised because I had been talking to those guys off and on about getting together to do shows and they were open to the idea, I believe. It just seemed to be taking so long. It seemed like it was never going to happen. I felt like I was getting blown off and nothing was getting done, so I decided to move on.

Icon Vs. Icon: How did you go about assembling this new lineup and what do they bring to the table?

Jay: The new lineup is amazing! I don't plan on looking back, let's put it that way, they are that good. They are all amazing artists. Both guitar players, Carlton Bost and Ashburn Miller, came from DEADSY. The bass player, Nic Speck came from RUN RUN RUN. The drummer, Jamie Miller, is from SNOT and THE START. He is an amazing drummer! All of the guys are truly amazing performers and we get along great.

Icon Vs. Icon: Where are you in regard to new music for ORGY?

Jay: We are doing really well. We are actually going to start with a couple of live mash-ups. We will be doing the Kill The Noise one in the next couple of days and then the Skrillex one after that. Then we will start adding new songs as the tour goes. We have already been writing a little bit for the EP but that probably won't be put out until after I get back home.

Icon Vs. Icon: Can we expect a full album of new music at some point?

Jay: I don't know that it doesn't make more sense just to keep putting out more EPs because they are faster and as you get a few songs done, you can put something out. I think it is a good model to use because you can gauge what you should be doing or what you shouldn't be doing. That isn't to say that there couldn't be a full-length album; there certainly could be.

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