I'll just make this simple. Amir Derakh (Davidson) is GOD. Haha. Yes. Anyway, he is the guitar synthesist of Orgy (Jay
Gordon, Amir Derakh, Bobby Hewitt, Ryan Shuck, Paige Haley). I live for the chance to see them in concert, because I missed
the previous tours. Damn.
Why? Why would I obsess over someone who, oftenly, can be mistaken for a woman? (Frequently asked).
- He has killer guitars. I'm serious on this.
- Idiots, he's GORGEOUS!
- He makes some of the most original synth FX and boards that I have ever seen. That stuff takes skill.
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More about Orgy:
Jay Gordon: Vocals
Amir Derakh: G-Synth
Bobby Hewitt: Drums
Paige Haley: Bass
Ryan Shuck: Guitar
"We never know how people are going to react to our band," says Orgy's vocalist Jay Gordon. "But they always react."
"Yeah," says guitarist Ryan Shuck. "Everyone has an opinion on us." Including the members of Cali legends Korn, who made Orgy
the first signing to Elementree Records, their new Reprise-distributed record label.
"It's something fresh and new
- that's what turns me on," says Korn singer Jonathan Davis. "I think they'll appeal to a lot of kids, a lot of different
people. They're fashionable pretty-dudes, so all the chicks will dig 'em. And they're real heavy, so hopefully a lot of our
friends will like them, too."
Orgy didn't really form as much as just happen. The five guys all knew each other from
hanging around So Cal and playing in various bands.
"Ryan and I conceptualized Orgy only about six months before we
were signed," says Jay. "We started writing songs together as soon as we hooked up. It started off in a garage, with Josh
our co-producer. We just started throwing some rough shit together, and the next thing you know weíre recording an album and
making plans to tour with Korn!"
"We didnít want to go out and play the club circuit and get burned out," adds Ryan.
"Playing clubs over and over for our friends. That would be pointless. We just went in and recorded who and what we are."
didnít want to let the cat out of the bag too early," offers bassist Paige Haley. By choosing to record right away, the band
captured the early energy that brought them together in the first place, trusting their instincts and believing if you mess
with things too much, you can lose that creative spark that makes it so right initially.
That creative spark soon grew
into an inferno - a spectacular debut album called Candyass. When queried on the meaning of its dozen songs produced by Orgy
and Josh Abraham, the band deflects any serious implications. "It's pretty much just all bullshit," laughs Jay. "We conjured
up a bunch of lies and fairy tales." Nevertheless, he doesn't deny that atmosphere played a role in the process, "We recorded
on a snow-capped mountain in Tahoe, in a huge cabin. It was along the lines of 'The Shining.' Cabin-fever set in after about
15 minutes, right after the truck left back for Los Angeles."
"It's a raw record," declares Ryan. "It's all five-in-the-morning,
pissed-off, fighting-with-each-other, kill-each-other kinda stuff. There's an innovative, futuristic feel to the music. Yeah,
it's pretty cool."
Paige contributes, "It's kind of like death pop." "Our songs are all just slightly deranged, but
I can definitely hear them on the radio," adds Ryan, who co-wrote Korn's "Blind" with Davis. "Don't look for any more meaning
"Anything you can imagine is what we use to make a record," says guitar synth wizard Amir Derakh. "From
old-school to state-of-the-art and everything in between."
As for the name Orgy, don't jump to the conclusion that
there's only one meaning to that word. "Believe it or not, it's not a sexually-based name," says Jay. "It's a musical reference,
y'know? We play a collage of sounds, you could say. But it's still hard to tell the lady at the bakery that you're in a band
called Orgy and keep a straight face."
"We do have a sound that's really a mixture of a great many sounds," adds Amir.
"The good thing about the name is that it sticks in your head."
Spawned by the fertile L.A. alt metal scene, Orgy adds catchy melodic hooks to the familiar mix of crushingly loud riffs
and electronic-tinged production. Formed in late 1997, Orgy consists of vocalist Jay Gordon, guitarist Ryan Shuck, guitar
synthesist Amir Derakh, bassist Paige Haley, and drummer Bobby Hewitt. Shuck had collaborated on material with Korn lead singer
Jonathan Davis, while Derakh had produced several records for already-signed L.A. bands, so it was no surprise that Orgy became
the first band signed to Korn's Elementree subsidiary of Reprise Records. Their debut album, Candyass, was released in 1998.
Their cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" and second single, "Stitches," instantly pushed them into the mainstream. Dates supporting
Love and Rockets and shows with Korn's Family Values Tour only fueled their popularity into the next year. Their experimental
sci-fi sophomore effort Vapor Transmission, which hit number 16 on Billboard's Top 200, followed in 2000. Two years later,
Jay Gordon and his Dad, Lou Gordon founded their own label, D1 Music. Founding drummer Bobby Hewitt also left the band for
a three-month stint in Snake River Conspiracy although he participated in the recording sessions for Orgy's third album. Punk
Statik Paranoia was planned for a February 2004 release.