Talia Kraines

15:23 18th April 2006

While Leeds is the focal point of music in the UK at the moment, Canada seems to be doing the same thing on a global scale.  From a country previously more famous for producing the likes of Celine Dion, the last couple of years have been an outpouring of musical talent from the Arcade Fire, Martha Wainwright, Broken Social Scene and Wolf Mother to name but a few.  Yet, despite having formed 5 years ago, it was not until early this year, upon the eventual release of their debut album, that that anyone in the UK had even heard of Vancouver 5 piece, The Organ. So it must have been with a sense of smug satisfaction that Mean Fiddler opened their doors at The Garage, safe in the knowledge the gig was completely sold out, and people were traipsing the street looking for tickets.

Defying any conventional expectation from a girl band, the practically androgynous looking lead singer Katie Sketch is not here to be sexy (although the lesbian heavy audience may disagree!) or sing jangly songs about relationships and frocks.  Opening with the morbid 'A Sudden Death', her voice is filled with melodrama reminiscent of Morrissey as it stands detached, sounding so pure it sends shivers down your spine.  Although all their songs could be accused of sounding pretty similar, Jenny Smyth’s distinctive use of – you guessed it – organ, makes them sufficiently different from anything else you might hear ar the moment. That’s not to say their songs won’t sound familiar though as hints the poppier edges of The Cure and The Smiths resonate throughout.

Recent single, the hypnotic 'Brother', relaxes the audience as they sing along to the infectiously chant of the ‘We have got to take cover, brother’ chorus. Fulfilling their own self declared mantra, this is ‘sad girls singing sad songs’. Thankfully the audience obviously dig unhappiness as they excitedly dance along to even the most despondent of lyrics. 'Mesmorise This City' is probably the lightest of the tracks; with cute hand claps and a Blondie influence, it warmed even the grumpiest indie boy in the audience.

Sounding just as accomplished as they do on record, The Organ’s hype is well and truly deserved.