Jul 2013 11

Atlanta, GA, The Masquerade, 03/13/2013

 

If you were to tell this author that Orgy was going on tour before 2013, he wouldn’t believe you. The alternative metal/death pop band from the mid ‘90s split over half a decade ago, with half the band forming the currently-touring Julien-K. But many also wouldn’t have believed that the band would release new content after so long, which is what happened with “Grime of the Century” in 2012. And now, Orgy has surprised the fans yet again with leader Jay Gordon bringing in members of Deadsy, RunRunRun, and TheStart to re-launch the band and the Wide Awake and Dead 2013 U.S. tour, featuring supporting acts Vampires Everywhere! and Davey Suicide. Despite the long absence of the decade-plus-old band, the Masquerade in Atlanta saw quite the turnout for the three band night, from the mid-teens to the mid-30’s.

 

The night started hot with Davey Suicide taking the stage in a flurry of industrial rock energy. The Fuck Stars were in full swing, leading the crowd in fan favorites “Generation Fuck Star,” “Grab a Gun Hide Your Morals,” and more from the eponymous debut album. Suicide is a fantastic starter, able to rev the crowd up perfectly. After a small stage change, the second act Vampires Everywhere! came to the stage to keep the energy going. Whether or not the band was successful, however, this writer will leave up to the audience. The live lineup of Vampires Everywhere! is quite the motley crew: a lead singer who looks as though he’s raided the closet of Judas Priest, a guitarist in a metal band shirt, studs, and a leopard-print cravat, the smallest shirtless emo drummer possible, and two auxiliary performers dressed in regular clothes. The lack of unity onstage paired with the constant level tone of the music did not appear to wow the crowd, but the band gave it its all regardless, and the crowd respected that. The oddest point in the performance had to be the band’s cover of the Nirvana classic “Rape Me,” giving it a dark goth makeover to a moshing crowd.

 

Finally Orgy took the stage to the delight of the crowd and proceeded to power through its greatest hits, from “Dissident,” “Dizzy,” and “Fiction” to “Vague,” “Opticon,” and “Sirens.” Gordon has not lost his touch, commanding the stage entirely and engaging the crowd intimately. The band even took a fan request from the crowd, launching into “Stitches” as the mass request. The way the crowd reacted, one would think that Orgy had never gone away. It seemed strange that the band did not play the most recent track or any new and upcoming tracks, but perhaps Orgy is playing it safe to start, appeasing longstanding fans and gaining new ones on the tried-and-true pieces. To round out the night, Orgy performed the premiere hit “Blue Monday,” with supporting vocals by Davey Suicide and a blending of the ‘80s classic “You Spin Me Round.” Hopefully, the band will embrace the newer music in future performances, but it’s clear that Orgy is just as capable now as it was then.

 

Zak Vaudo (Chaostar)

 
Orgy

 
Vampires Everywhere!

 
Davey Suicide

1 Comment

  1. filip de bruyne says:

    Orgy has always ruled, still rules and will always and for ever do so!!May Orgy come to Europe someday soon.Keep my fingers crossed.

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