Orgy (band)

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Orgy
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Alternative metal, industrial rock, industrial metal, electronic rock, synthpunk
Years active 1994–2005, 2010–present
Labels Elementree, Reprise, D1 Music
Associated acts Sexart, Julien-K, Drug for Joy, Trick Factory, Machine Gun Orchestra, Rough Cutt, Electric Love Hogs, Dead by Sunrise, Deadsy, Kill-O-Watt, theSTART
Website www.orgymusic.com, www.punkstatikparanoia.com, www.orgyband.com
Members Jay Gordon
Carlton Bost
Creighton Emrick
Nic Speck
Bobby Amaro
Past members Bobby Hewitt
Ryan Shuck
Amir Derakh
Paige Haley
Jamie Miller
Ashburn Miller

Orgy is an American synthrock band formed in 1994, from Los Angeles, California.[1] Orgy described their music as "death pop".[2]

History[edit]

Orgy was formed in 1994 by vocalist Jay Gordon and guitarist Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck. Bassist Paige Haley, and drummer Bobby Hewitt soon completed the line-up. Derakh had previously gained some fame in the 1980s metal band Rough Cutt, and Hewitt was a former member of Electric Love Hogs. Gordon and Derakh were also experienced producers, having produced Coal Chamber's self-titled CD.[1]

Within six months Jonathan Davis, who performed with Shuck in Sexart, signed Orgy to Korn's label Elementree Records.

Candyass and Vapor Transmission[edit]

In 1998, Orgy released their debut album, Candyass, the name inspired by a drag queen they had met, selling almost two million copies.[3] The album produced two singles; a cover of the New Order song "Blue Monday", and "Stitches". The song "Revival" featured Jonathan Davis of Korn.

Orgy made their live debut at EdgeFest, an annual radio show in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1998. They also appeared on the Family Values Tour with Korn, Limp Bizkit, Ice Cube, Incubus, and Rammstein. They were featured on the live compilation album of the tour, released in 1999. Other tours with Love and Rockets and Sugar Ray followed.[citation needed]

Their second album, the science fiction-themed Vapor Transmission, was released in 2000, with "Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" and "Opticon" as singles.

Side work and Punk Statik Paranoia[edit]

In 2001, Orgy released the song "Faces" for the soundtrack of the film Zoolander.[4] Orgy was a musical guest on WB's Charmed, performing "Opticon" in the episode "Sin Francisco".[3][5]

In late 2003, guitarists Shuck and Derakh formed a side project, Julien-K, as an outlet for electronic material they had come up with during the writing process for Orgy.[3] They released their first album, titled Death to Analog, in March 2009, and are producing Chester Bennington of Linkin Park's side project, Dead by Sunrise. Jay Gordon also remixed the Linkin Park track "Points of Authority", for their album Reanimation, where it was renamed "Pts.of.Athrty".

After the release of Vapor Transmission, Orgy left Reprise Records and had already severed ties with Elementree. Gordon started his own independent record label, D1 Music, releasing the band's third album, Punk Statik Paranoia in 2004.

Hiatus and return with new lineup[edit]

When asked for an Orgy update in late July 2008, Shuck informed fans that Orgy's return is still underway but their priority is getting the much delayed Julien-K album released. During a video interview at the annual Californian NAMM 2009 convention, Derakh mentioned a 2010 Orgy reunion.

On March 30, 2010, through a video to his Julien-K, Dead By Sunrise, and Orgy followers, Shuck informed that there are plans for a tour in 2010.[6]

On October 25, 2010, Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh informed on the Julien-K blog that "As of Oct. 26th we will no longer be part of Orgy. Jay will continue making music without the original members." [7]

On October 30, 2010, Jay Gordon released a statement via his official Facebook profile stating that he still owns the Orgy name and wants to continue forth creating new material for the band.[8] Jay wrote that all previous members of the band were too busy with numerous side-projects to continue with the original band. "Everyone has been so busy with their different projects I figured this was the only way for me to continue on with the name. I started this band, and I don't want to let it fall to the wayside completely."

On November 7, 2011, Blabbermouth.net published a news story detailing the bitter feud between vocalist Gordon and guitarists Shuck and Derakh that has spiraled out of control after Gordon revealing his plans to assemble a band of musicians and begin touring under the name Orgy.[9]

On February 3, 2012, it was announced that Orgy would embark on a five-week run titled the Bad Blood Tour. The new lineup features members of Deadsy, Snot, and Run Run Run. Vocalist Jay Gordon is the only original member of Orgy appearing on this tour;.[10]

On August 4, 2012, Orgy linked to a 30 second demo of a new song, "Grime of the Century" via their Twitter and Facebook page. The song "Grime of the Century" can be found on iTunes and on the new Orgy website, www.orgymusic.com.

In 2013, Orgy will embark on the Wide Awake and Dead Tour with Vampires Everywhere! and Davey Suicide.

Orgy will release in fall 2013 a new EP, and the confirmed songs are "Wide Awake and Dead", "Grime of the Century", "Suck It!" and "Spells".

On October 22, 2013, Ashburn Miller announced via Orgy's Facebook page that he is resigning from the band.

On November 6, 2013, Creighton Emrick was announced as the new guitarist/g-synth player and will be playing a set of shows in California and Nevada from Nov 22nd to Dec 20th with the band.

On February 23, 2014, the band announced through their official website that the new single “WIDE AWAKE AND DEAD” will be available through iTunes on March 18, 2014.

On April 2, Jay Gordon say the new and the first EP will be called "Welcome to My Girlfriend" and wil be launched on April or May. The second are unamed and will be launched later this year. The first EP will have about six songs and the second six or eight songs.

Musical style and influences[edit]

The band are mainly described as alternative metal and industrial rock/industrial metal.[11][12][13][14][15][16] Other genres the band have been categorized as include nu metal,[17][18] electronic rock[19][20] and synthpunk.[21]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Related projects[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[22]
US
Ind.

[23]
Candyass 32
Vapor Transmission
  • Released: October 11, 2000
  • Label: Elementree, Reprise
  • Formats: CD, CS, digital download
16
Punk Statik Paranoia
  • Released: February 24, 2004
  • Label: D1
  • Formats: CD, digital download
11
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[25]
US
Alt.

[26]
US
Dance

[27]
US
Main. Rock

[28]
AUS
[29]
CAN
[30]
GER
[31]
NZ
[32]
"Stitches" 1998 18 38 Candyass
"Blue Monday" 56 4 2 18 36 5 83 30
"Fiction (Dreams in Digital)" 2000 6 38 Vapor Transmission
"Opticon"[A] 56 26 25
"Eva"[33] 2001
"Faces"[34] Zoolander soundtrack
"The Obvious"[35] 2003 Punk Statik Paranoia
"Vague"[35] 2004
"Pure"[35] 2005
"Grime of the Century"[36] 2012 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Suckerface"[37] 2000 Vapor Transmission

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ "Opticon" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 56 on the Hot Singles Sales chart.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. p. 721. ISBN 1-84195-017-3. 
  2. ^ "Orgy // Punk Statik Paranoia". Punkstatikparanoia.com. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  3. ^ a b c "Amir Derakh - Bio". "Yamaha". Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Zoolander [SOUNDTRACK] Various Artists". Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Musical Guest Spots". The Wicca Box. Retrieved 3 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Stolen From Church | Julien-K recording their follow up to "Death To Analog"‏". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  7. ^ "Orgy news". Julien-k.com. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  8. ^ "Niet compatibele browser". Facebook. Retrieved 2011-07-09. 
  9. ^ "Former ORGY Members Slam JAY GORDON For Pulling An 'Axle Rose'". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  10. ^ "New ORGY Lineup Preparing To Hit The Road". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2012-02-03. 
  11. ^ Wise, Lauren (2012-12-08). "Orgy, Joe's Grotto, 12/7/12 - Phoenix - Music - Up on the Sun". Blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
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  14. ^ "NewsBank for PBP | www.palmbeachpost.com". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  15. ^ Luerssen, John D. (2004-02-24). "Punk Statik Paranoia - Orgy : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  16. ^ "Daily Herald | Electronic Archive". Nl.newsbank.com. 2001-06-22. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  17. ^ [2][dead link]
  18. ^ Udo, Tommy (2002). Brave Nu World. Sanctuary Publishing. pp. 163–166. ISBN 1-86074-415-X. 
  19. ^ "Orgy | Get Out - The News Tribune". Blog.thenewstribune.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Orgy releases first new track in seven years « ReGen Magazine". Regenmag.com. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  21. ^ "synthpunk | Hellion rocks". Thehellionrocks.wordpress.com. 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2013-02-16. 
  22. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "American certifications – Orgy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Dance/Club Play Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Discography Orgy". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  30. ^ "Orgy – Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 27, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Orgy / Single". musicline.de (in German). PhonoNet. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Discography Orgy". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 27, 2009. 
  33. ^ (track listing) Eva (Media notes). Orgy. Reprise Records. 2001.
  34. ^ (track listing) Faces (Media notes). Orgy. Hollywood Records. 2001.
  35. ^ a b c "Modern Rock – Available for Airplay Archive". FMQB. Mediaspan Online Services. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Grime of the Century – Single by Orgy". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  37. ^ (track listing) Suckerface (Media notes). Orgy. Reprise Records. 2000. PRO-CD-100250.
  38. ^ "Orgy – Chart History: Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 

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