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Vancouver, Canada (2001 – 2006)

The Organ was a Canadian band formed in 2001 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Organ was conceived in 2001 by front woman Katie Sketch, born Katie Richie, in Vancouver, Canada. Sketch’s musical training started at the age of three, when she began classical training on the violin. Her childhood was spent largely in ignorance of the underground sounds of The Cure, Joy Division and The Smiths, whom The Organ would later often be compared to. She says: “Tiffany and Bon Jovi - that was my take on “80s music.”

Katie attended an all-girls school, where she met Barb Choit, a childhood friend who would later help design the sound of the band in its embryonic stages. The oldest of three kids, Katie focused her attention on sports rather than music during her teens, racing competitively as a skier. “When Shelby and Jenny and Ashley were in high school, they knew all the obscure artists,” Sketch admits. “I knew none of them and didn’t learn about them until much later. I grew up listening to top 40. I liked U2 and Guns N’ Roses. I also liked old Sarah McLachlan, but 90 percent of the people that I hung out with as a teenager didn’t even know who she was. She was considered totally cutting-edge because she wasn’t played on the radio.” However, by the end of the 90s, her musical consciousness had begun to transform in ways that would later lead to the formation of her own unique sound.

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