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The Organ
Grab That Gun (Mint)

By: Cam Lindsay

The retro stink that Vancouver's The Organ is causing amongst hipsters and the press is thankfully a worthy one. With up-and-coming bands aiming to sound like their heroes from 20 years ago, The Organ have hit a nail on the head that sets them apart from any other contemporary act. An all-girl quintet, they have everything needed to cause a buzz: fashion, minor chords and a gloomy sound that will surely give their lyrics a place on teenage binders. Nicking the trebly guitar sound Johnny Marr patented with The Smiths, with a sulky organ for support, the band reinforces pop music's limits, spinning it into a form that encourages frowning. Katie Sketch's vocals are an extraordinary feature, finding a niche that is equal parts Kristin Hersh, Debbie Harry and of course, Morrissey. She even subtly addresses the "pope of mope" in one of the more misery-inducing cuts, "Steven Smith". Grab That Gun leaves you feeling detached and allows you to pine away without falling into depression, which is something everyone wants from an album when you're feeling like a good cry.
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