Clocking in at precisely thirty minutes, The Organ's only current album is perfectly timed to coincide with the revivals in early 80's glum rock. After a promising mini album/EP 'Sinking Hearts', 'Grab That Gun' maintains the miserbalism factor but always does so within the confines of a concise tune.
The Vancouver outfit couldn't have made a better start than 'Brother'; it is the sound of a band at their most intense and exciting. Just as Jenny Smyth's Hammond organ contributions were the key instrumental element to 'Sinking Hearts', here Debora Cohen's guitar work is dominant. Redolent of John McGeoch's gothic patterns on Siouxsie And The Banshees' albums, Cohen's intricate work takes songs like 'Love, Love, Love' and 'Basement Band Song' up to a new level. Singer and writer Katie Sketch also maintains her excellent form in both performance and lyricism; at times echoing the talents of hero Morrissey in her despairing, world weary delivery, particularly so on 'A Sudden Death' and naturally, 'Steven Smith', which includes the line "When everything is quiet, the ringing in our ears will be awfully violent". Yet despite the apparently bleak songwriting, respite arrives via 'I Am Not Surprised'; the interplay between former bassist Ashley Webber and Smyth is almost jaunty by comparison; similarly, 'No One Has Ever Looked So Dead' possesses an unexpectedly pretty melody. A few will mock at the obvious nostalgic references included on 'Grab That Gun' but most will appreciate that this is a filler-free half-hour of truly infectious and passionate songwriting.