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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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  • flameevans

    I feel it is crime that no one has mentioned former Organ member Debora Cohen and her band "Lovers Love Haters" as a similar band to listen to.

    5 Jan 11:25pm Reply
  • lolodicombello

    Ce quintette féminin du Canada avait énormément de talent. Des chansons obsédantes aux influences évidentes (The Smith, tant pour le chant que pour le son des guitares) tout en flirtant par moment du côté de The Cure. Un groupe excellent dont on souhaiterait ardemment le retour.

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sakamotocross

    I'd also recommend The Secret History (which arose from the remnants of the dearly departed band My Favorite) and Bell Hollow.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • sakamotocross

    imsok00I - maybe you'd like the Mary Onettes? I wouldn't say they're better than The Organ, but they're one of my favorite modern post-punk/new-wave bands, and I'd recommend their first two albums to begin with.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • imsok00l

    I've never heard anything better than the Organ. And that is the problem. I'm trying to find new music I like and failing for years. Any suggestions are welcome.

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Jureiko

    I like this band and I'm new to post-punk, what should I listen next ?

    23 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ryanjanssen_

    The Wedge

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • staycold_

    JUVENILIA Postpunk / New wave from Argentina http://www.lastfm.es/music/Juvenilia www.facebook.com/juveniliamusica http://juvenilia.bandcamp.com/

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • carukia

    Please come back!!! [2]

    12 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Lorantz

    Miss you [3]

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • in_dee

    >Любимая группа всех мусульман. \ Подрывай, говнарик.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • AimsterSkitz0rz

    [2] Yay, another band I've just discovered and already love and, of course, it has already split up.

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • AimsterSkitz0rz

    I love their sound :D

    19 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Maryne_Wain

    Miss you [2]

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • wanillia

    miss you

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • roemilca111

    this is perfect.

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • offgirl

    Please come back!!!

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • in_dee

    Потрясающая группа, скажу я вам.

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • meerweib

    Yay, another band I've just discovered and already love and, of course, it has already split up.

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • w___b

    I'm so glad to have found this band. Thanks to The L Word.

    18 Dec 2012 Reply
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