So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a whole bunch. The members go on with their lives, and probably go on to make a greater impact in other areas of society.

Then there are bands that are forced into submission for other reasons: money, conflict – both personal and artistic – or sometimes the fanbase only comes after they’re long gone.

This is a chronicle of those bands. Most you will not have heard of, for the very reason that they’re not even around to promote themselves any more. But trust me, they are bands that you really really should have heard of.

This week: the beautiful Orchid


Following on from last week’s mighty entry was hard…but I think I’ve come up with something of equal value for you.

Orchid were from Amherst, Massychoosutts and formed during the members’ college years. They too were a wild a chaotic band, but showed a remarkable level of either intelligence or pretension (depending on your outlook) by taking heavy lyrical influence from a works by Friedrich Nietzsche, Anna Karina, Guy Debord and Max Horkheimer.

01. Le Desordre, C’est Moi
02. Aesthetic Dialectic
03. In G and E
04. New Jersey vs. Valhalla
05. Weekend at the Fire Academy
06. Framecode
07. The Action Index
08. Death of a Modernist
09. Boy With No Arms
10. Invasion U.S.A.
11. Epilogue to a Carcrash

As with a lot of banks of their ilk, they tended to put out a lot more EPs and splits than actual albums, but Chaos Is Me is probably one of their most respected bodies of work, and is, by their standards, an LP (albeit under twenty minutes long).

And guess who produced it? That’s right, everyone’s favourite gem-picker Kurt Ballou of Converge. The dude’s got an eye, you can’t deny it, so even if you don’t believe me, surely he will lend some credence to this particular entry?




Members are still busy, despite an all-too quick break up. Guitarist Will Killingsworth runs the label Clean Plate Records, who have been responsible for such releases as Death To TyrantsWake Up and Be, Daitro‘s Y, and former bandmate Brad Wallace’s new project Wolves‘ Simulation.Transparency.Alienation, all of which are quality records. Killingsworth was also responsible for forming Ampere, who carry on the tradition set forth by bands like Orchid and Pg.99 with really short but really fucking awesome tunes.

Geoff Garlock, Jayson Green and Jeff Salane (bass, vocals and drums respectively) formed and still continue to play with Panthers, who have released three full-length albums and an EP, and were described by The Village Voice as “groundbreaking dissonant hardcore with Rolling Stones swagger”.

There’s more, and I suggest a quick visit to the band’s wikipedia page to find out more, as they’re all worth checking out.

– CG

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