- - Thursday, February 11, 2016

In 1998 Los Angeles-based band Orgy burst on to the scene with their powerful debut album, “Candyass.” The disc, which blended elements of goth, dance and rock, went on to sell 2 million copies, thanks in part to the singles “Stitches,” “Blue Monday” (a New Order cover) and “Revival,” featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn. Two years later Orgy released their second CD, “Vapor Transmission,” to critical acclaim.

In the early 2000s the band wrote the song “Faces” for the “Zoolander” soundtrack and performed on the TV show “Charmed.” The band’s third CD, “Punk Statik Paranoia,” was released independently in 2004.

After that? Nothing. Infighting led to the band splintering, leaving singer Jay Gordon the sole original member.

After over a decade of rumors, 2016 finally sees Orgy back with a new lineup led by Mr. Gordon, a slew of tour dates and a new two-part digital EP. Mr. Gordon discussed the band’s long, strange trip back.

Question: This is the return of Orgy. What did you do in those intervening 12 years away?

Answer: Just, uh, you know. Had a couple kids. [laughs] Been working a lot, decided to learn more about some stuff. Figured out how to make music without having to go to the studio all the time. Learned how to DJ and all that [stuff].

I keep incorporating the kind of stuff we are known for but also bring in some more modern situations.

Q: Why did it take over a decade?

A: Well, we were wondering if the band was going to be the old unit again. Or if I was going to go out and get something new. I hate these old questions about the past. 

Q: Have you settled things with your former guitarists?

A: Who cares?

Q:How did you put together the new lineup?

A: Just called some people that I thought would be good for the job [such as guitarist] Carlton [Bost], whom I had known him since the Deadsy days. Putting together a whole new lineup was the best decision I have ever made, hands down.

Q: You just released the “Talk Sick” EP. And there is a part 2 coming?

A: That’s the way it was gonna go down. But that’s changed. The “Talk Sick” EP is out. Next thing we are going to release is a record called “Entropy.”

Q: Why two EPs instead of full albums?

A: The way I look at it is I rarely can sit through a full record. Seems like going through a whole record these days is just a pain. It is more fun to me to do EPs, but that’s just me. The attention span of music fans these days is short. So it makes sense to me to do EPs.

Q: Technology has always played a part in your music. Does all the new software and technology make recording easier for you?

A: Yes. But in a sense, technology has kind of regressed [the music]. It’s not as fun as it used to be. There is cheaper [stuff] out there that kind of does the same [thing]. But it doesn’t feel as cool as it used to. It’s just easier now, and you barely have to put any work into the technology side of it. Which is cool and helpful. You pay 20 bucks now for things that used to cost thousands.

Q: Do you have your own recording studio?

A: I do. I have a recording studio in North Hollywood.

Q: When you went in to do the EPs, did the whole band come in or did you assemble most of it yourself?

A: It was a lot of both. I produce a lot. I’m working every day, coming up with ideas. I set aside some things for Orgy. Then the guys came in. Sometimes they come up with [ideas] when I’m not there. This band is real hands-on. That’s all good.

Q: What has been the reaction from fans to the return of Orgy?

A: The reaction has been really, really good. It took a long time to get it going. It was hard getting it going. This last tour, the Pop Killers tour with Death Valley High, was a great time. I didn’t expect as many people to show up as they did. It’s been great.

Q: After the tour, what’s next?

A: In two months we go out with Filter, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High. We’ve toured with all those bands in the past. So it’s gonna be cool.

Q: When you put together the live set list, how much is old and how much is new?

A: Half and half. You got to play the favorites. Put some songs from “Candyass” in there. A little “Vapor Transmission.” We skipped over the songs form the third album, “Punk Static,” in favor of a lot of the new stuff. We may tie some stuff back in on the Filter tour. Mix and match. People have been requesting different things, and that sticks out in my head.

Q: Are the audiences full or old fans or new fans?

A: A lot of both. A lot of familiar faces and tons of brand-new ones. That’s good because that’s what we were shooting for. Music keeps moving, so you gotta keep moving with it. It took us a while to get into the slipstream, but we are there now, and we’re working it out.

Orgy’s “Talk Sick” EP is out now.

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