Orgy – Talk Sick

4 Overall Score
Synth Sound: 8/10
Song variation: 3/10
Originality: 3/10

Fat synthesizer sounds

Dated songwriting, not enough variation between songs, lack of originality

Orgy – Talk Sick
D1 Music
2015

Orgy is a five piece band formed in 1994 in sunny Los Angeles, CA USA. In March of 2015 they released their first collection of new music in eleven years, Talk Sick. Their music is rooted firmly in early 80’s industrial electronica coupled with hard rock.

Think New Order’s Blue Monday combined with some NIN and you are about there; speaking of Blue Monday , they covered it on their first album, Candyass, released in 1998 with two million copies sold. This music would also fit quite easily into a 1990’s rave. And if you told me that this was released in 1985 I would believe you.

Talk Sick is a seven song EP. It comes out fighting on the title track, featuring screaming synthesizers and a classic beat. I do like the synthesizer sound on this one, being a synth freak myself I find the sound quite fat. It also sounds like fuzz bass is being used; making it sometimes difficult to separate the synth sounds from the bass, however the the synths are clearly prominent in the intro.

The second song, Spells, continues in much the same fashion, actually so does the rest of the seven song set, which, for me, is the record’s downfall. There is a common thread running through all of the songs, and that, coupled with the fact that, as I mentioned, this could have been released in 1985 means that I have heard this all before and heard it done better to boot.

I have no urge to revisit 1990’s raves. I did not even like them in the 90’s. If you liked the raves then you would probably like this album.  I just have issues with the dated sound and the lack of originality and variation between songs. It makes no difference whether I liked raves or not.

A bad record is a bad record. This one is monotonous and unoriginal. It sounds like it was written arbitrarily, by just sprinkling the right sounds here and there. Touching the bases, so to speak. There is not a spark to be found on the entire mess. This is not the Orgy that sold two million records.

I cannot recommend this record. To anybody. I would go as far as to call it a ripoff, a cash-in. They traded their name for a few bucks. This is no orgy – it’s masturbation.

 

 

Comments:

Jeff Strichart
Author: Jeff Strichart View all posts by
Jeff Strichart has been a frustrated musician for almost forty years. He is also a producer and has mixed and/or mastered many local Colorado bands. Aside from his music and production he enjoys his dogs, motorcycles, collecting vintage BMX bicycles, reading and his new found love of sound design using hardware synthesizers and has licensed material to the BBC for use in their television programs.

Leave A Response