When most people think of organs they either think of their Grandpa/ma and their Fun Maker at Christmas pumping out a stiff rendition of ‘Jingle Bells’ and a moribund ‘Silent Night’, or they think of The Doors. Maybe if you’re lucky they’ll say ’96 Tears’ the 1966 hit by ? & The Mysterians.
Of course, the 1970’s were so filled with dull, by the book organ playing they pretty much killed the instrument as a viable tool. Nowadays the organ is used to invoke the 60’s in a thousand ‘garage rock’ bands, or 70’s soft rock AOR singer/songwriter fluff.
But did you know that there are modern acts taking the organ into the next century by using it in ways the creators never intended? We’re talking real, modern, cutting edge stuff, here. Artists that forgo the orthodoxy of guitar domination and lead with a manual! This takes balls, but that’s okay as these people have an extra pair hanging off their sheet music stands.
I speak of groups like Get Hustle, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Slaves/Pleasure Forever, and Skullening.
Over the course of the following weeks and months, I hope to get a hold on some of these artists and grill them about their gear for you Organ*Pron addicts. For now, I leave you with some Youtube material: