From Vancouver comes The Organ with its album Grab that Gun, a follow up to its 2003 Sinking Hearts EP. The band is eerily similar to The Cure and The Smiths, and I strongly believe that lead vocalist Katie Sketch and Morrissey come from the same gene pool. The entire album carries an ‘80s British pop sound, yet The Organ maintain its own identity and creativity. “A Sudden Death” represents this well with an East Asian sounding guitar lick, and in “There is Nothing I can do,” the organ is prominently staged in a perfect fit with Sketch’s morbid lyrics, “and there is nothing I can do / but cut and think about you.” This song stands out as strangely unique because of its brevity and its abrupt ending, where there is a satisfaction in wanting more. Jenny Smith, the organist, does a brilliant job weaving the historic instrument into each song, making it appear intrinsic, and avoids awkwardly pointing out: hey, that’s an organ; but rather an appreciative: wow, that’s an organ.
The last track “Memorize the City” demonstrates the band’s potential to evolve and its comfort with experimenting. The bridge emerges into a diverse sound with the drums and guitar balancing into a poppy beat while spurts of clapping add a little spice. However, at times tracks such as “Basement Band Song” and “Sinking Hearts” sound repetitive, and the track “No One Has Ever Looked so Dead” justifies the fact that this song is holding onto the album by a thread. The vocals and music are dragging, and its briefness is not impressive. Yet each member’s contribution blends strikingly well with one another and hopefully they will use that to develop into something more substantial. Grab that Gun offers confidence that The Organ will mature into their own sphere without being hampered with comparisons to British pop.
Good outlook, eh?