Orgy tour brings goth bands to Ogden
Almost as soon as Orgy broke up in 2005, fans started asking Jay Gordon when he was going to bring back the industrial-rock band.
Gordon finally did it in 2012. The reformed Orgy performs in Utah, as part of a triple-bill of goth-inspired musicians who play hard while wearing mascara. Joining the band on its "Wide Awake and Dead" tour is Davey Suicide and Vampires Everywhere!
"It will be a way better Orgy," he said. "No pun intended."
In 1998, Orgy released its debut album, "Candyass" inspired by the name of a drag queen they knew. The record sold nearly 2 million copies and the band's heavy take on New Order's "Blue Monday" becoming a fixture on modern rock radio. The albums "Vapor Transmission" and "Punk Statik Paranoia" followed, along with world tours with like-minded acts such as Korn, Limp Bizkit and Rammstein.
But by 2005, Gordon was burned out and his bandmates Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh were consumed with another band, Relient-K later they became involved with Dead by Sunrise, a side project of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
Orgy, it seemed, was dead.
But the questions continued from fans who wanted Orgy back together, even though Gordon, Shuck and Derakh feuded about the future of the band. In the end, the latter two left, and Gordon recruited new members for a resurrected Orgy.
"Everyone's really creative," Gordon, 46, said of the new members. "Everyone's delivering the goods ... Nothing against the old guys, but sometimes I feel something different."
In its heyday, and to a lesser extent now, the visual element of Orgy was important, with the black-clad Gordon an intimidating presence onstage with goth make-up and devilry inspired by Alice Copper and KISS.
Davey Suicide, the namesake and lead for the California-based shock-rock band, said Orgy influenced not only his music but his style. "We remembered the 'nu-metal' thing as kids," Suicide said in a recent telephone interview. "Now, it's cool hanging out with [Orgy] every day."
Davey Suicide's self-titled debut album came out in March, and Suicide casts an imposing, aggressive presence in the band's first video for the song ""Generation F*ck Star." Like Orgy, much thought is put into the stage show, an influence attributed to Rob Zombie. "I always wanted to see something, not just hear something," Suicide said. "I want to experience [something] you can't get listening to the album at home."
Michael Vampire born as Michael Orlando was also a fan of the first incarnation of Orgy. "When I was younger, I listened to them a lot," Vampire said. "All the older goth music seeped into me."
Vampire, a former hairdresser, founded Vampires Everywhere! in 2009 and the band's debut album "Kiss the Sun Goodbye" was released in 2011. "At the beginning of the band we were constantly ridiculed," Vampire said. "We were looked at as freaks."
Looking back, Vampire is disappointed by the first album, which was heavily influenced by metal. "On the first record, we weren't decided on who we were," he said. "We have more of a rock-and-roll sound [now]."
The band has been through a complete overhaul, and the band is touring behind its 2012 album "Hellbound and Heartless," which features an intense cover of Nirvana's "Rape Me." With heavy make-up and shock-rock tactics, Vampires Everywhere! doesn't want to be overshadowed by its brethren on the tour. "I go to a show and not just to hear the music," Vampire said. "For $25, you want more than just to hear the music you can do that at home."
So, in their dressing room before they hit the stage, Vampires Everywhere! turn on Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie loud as they touch up their lipstick. Boys will be boys.
'Wide Awake and Dead' Tour
When • Thursday, April 11, at 7 p.m.
Where • Kamikazes, 2408 Adams Ave., Ogden
Tickets • $20 in advance, $25 day of, at 24Tix