After recording 4 CDs and touring North America with Juno award-nominated industrial metal pioneers Malhavoc, singer/songwriter Steve Jelliman conceived Organical in 1998. Originally a studio project following Jelliman’s departure from Malhavoc, Organical evolved into a five-piece band in order to perform live material from the debut full-length CD “Psyche Self-Defense”. Joining Jelliman onstage were Nina Doric on bass, Dan Berube on keyboards, and Rob Kisler on drums, and Darren Wilson, owner of Decibel Guitars on guitar.
A post-metal exploration in cross-genre boundary shoving, Organical’s sound emerged as aural sculpture; carefully balanced electronic samples layered over heavy, driving guitar/ drum noise. Drawing from influences like Foetus, Young Gods, Girls Against Boys, Bollywood, B-movie soundtracks and spaghetti westerns, the band spent several years rehearsing and giving live performances before returning to the studio in 2004 to record their second full-length album, “The Elementals.” A progression from “Psyche Self-Defense”, “The Elementals” continued to the bands flirtations with traditional industrial/metal by combining drum and bass samples with power chord mania and tinges of Bollywood and Eastern music.
In 2006 Organical reassembled in a different configuration. Ed Barao joined the band on bass and his Gippy Tummy & Thirdstage bandmate George Todorovski sat in on drums while the band searched for a full time member. The band recorded “comfortchurch”, an EP that that explored space and restraint. Unlike earlier Organical recordings, “comfortchurch” was recorded in the band’s rehearsal studio, Badvision with minimal overdubs and synths. Organical followed “comfortchurch” with a single, “Corpses.”, which functions as both an excavation of the band’s metal roots and clears the cupboards of some b-sides and older material.
In 2009 the band added the long awaited full-time drummer John Lalley, formerly a member of Groovy Religion, Rusty and Juno award-winning band Bootsauce. After much construction, deconstruction, reconstruction, and pitting Lalley against The Machine, Organical has released the greatest album ever made: “We’ve Lost Contact With Monster Island.” At the very least, it’s the greatest album ever about Japanese monster movies and early video game consoles. The band has several live shows lined up for 2010 with the promise to make stages magically disappear under the sheer tonnage of their accumulated gear and to make your brain explode out your ears from their staggering skyscraper of sound.