They’re nobody’s buzz bands anymore. But since 1993, MAGNET has discovered and documented more great music than memory will allow. The groups may have broken up or the albums may be out of print, but this time, history is written by the losers. Here are some of the finest albums that time forgot but we remembered in issue #75, plus all-new additions to our list of Lost Classics.
:: THE ORGAN
Grab That Gun // Mint/604 Imprint, 2004
Thought it’s only five years old, this Vancouver quintet’s debut might as well be moldering away in a thrift store, waiting to be discovered anew. The Organ spent half a decade preparing for its release (even re-recording the entire album) only to have it sink without an air bubble in the States. (Grab That Gun topped the college charts in Canada). In a way, this is fitting, as the album concerned itself with isolation and malaise. The Organ created a volatile backdrop of reedy keyboards and enormous Cure-like guitar and bass, and the cool alto of vocalist Katie Sketch defied it like a sailor lashed to the mast.
Catching Up: The Organ broke up in 2006, but released an EP last year. Sketch models and has a new band called Mermaids; bassist Shmoo Ritchie records as Die Cowboy Die; guitarist Debora Cohen fronts Lovers Love Haters.