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Micro Organs’ lo-fi wonderland 

The experimental duo release a new album this Saturday at the Khyber


When I first begin talking with Halifax two-piece Micro Organs, I'm alarmed to learn they have just come back from a weekend in Moncton. Could these experimental punks have been watching a U2 concert?

"We got invited to play a house show by these French people from France and some people who live in Moncton," says Mathieu Blanchard, drummer for Micro Organs. So thankfully, the group hasn't sold out its experimental roots by watching some bozo sing "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For," but that statement could apply to its current state.

The band began as a solo project for Jenny Gillespie (also of Meat Curtains) in which she would record beats on her home computer, transfer them to tape, and then play along with the finished product live. But when Gillespie met Blanchard through a mutual friend and discovered they enjoyed playing together, out was the boom box and in came a real drummer.

The result is Micro Organs and Her Ugly Aura, an EP of propulsive stoner rock and experimental noise that blends melodic songwriting with punk rock. But even though the album is seeing its official release at the Khyber on August 6, Gillespie and Blanchard admit they are ready to get back to the studio.

"Some of those songs were three years old and so simple that I kind of don't like them now," laughs Gillespie.

Four of the tracks were recorded in Gillespie's living room, with another three at a friend's house in Moncton. Although the rough-around-the-edges lo-fi attitude is one of the most ear-catching qualities of the record, Blanchard and Gillespie agree they are ready to move on, production-wise.

"I think the next one will still have a lot of noise in the background, but will be a lot more polished," says Blanchard, adding the group's interest in adding a bass player to fill out their heavier sound in the future.

"It's still always going to have that experimental feeling, so we'll always be exploring musically," says Gillespie. "But it's definitely gone more rock 'n' roll recently."

Micro Organs CD and tape release w/Bad Vibrations, Old & Weird

Saturday, August 6 at The Khyber, 1588 Barrington Street



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