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October 3, 2000

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In Music Alley with Orifice

There are many bands that never make it, bands who play in their garage for a few years and break up, moving on to careers and families. Some bands make enough to survive, hoping that one day someone will buy their albums. And a very limited few make it big, selling records around the world, and bringing new light into the powerful force that we call music. A band from Mobile has actually earned the right to be given that chance: a band called Orifice.

According to MP3.com, Orifice is one of Mobile’s top bands. Their songs have been named "MP3.Com Payola Song of the Day" on various occasions. Their current MP3.com single, "Shut Up Bitch," is presently at #3, after being #1 for one week. Radio stations such as 92 ZEW and Rock 106.1 are giving their song "Population Control" airplay. You can even pick up a copy of their album Clone #9 at Wherehouse Music or Peaches. Their new album, Y2Kiss My Orifice, is available on-line, but if you buy it before its release date in mid-October, you will not get all the songs on the full version.

Fans of the band have called them alternative with a little touch of "freaky." They have even been compared to bands such as Marilyn Manson. "Bands such as Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Nine-Inch Nails, and White Zombie: those are the bands that inspired us the most," stated Ben Marble, Orifice’s singer and rhythm guitarist. "We just tried to take a little piece of it all and bring it together. That’s us."

Their music is very diverse. Unlike some local bands, their music speaks on topics that affect Mobilians, such as religion and growing up in the south. It also delves in subject matter that is controversial, such as cloning, euthanasia, and girlfriends. Their album Clone #9 is, in a nutshell, based on the idea of a futuristic world where cloning is very common. Many people consider these topics taboo, but Orifice, while not embracing the ideas, implement them into their music.

Marble believes that music around the world, because of the Internet influence, is reaching new heights. "The Internet is killing the major record labels. Metallica is one of my favorite bands, but I think they made a big mistake when they tried to take on Napster. I believe that within the next 20 years, all music will be sold and traded on-line." Marble considers programs such as Napster a blessing. "Without MP3.com, I doubt we would have accomplished half of the things we’ve had the pleasure of doing." When asked about the music scene in Mobile, Marble replied, "Mobile is depressing. Every time I go downtown, all I hear is jazz."

Orifice tried to get on the lineup for Bayfest, Mobile’s annual celebration of music and culture, but was denied for reasons unknown to the band. Earlier this year, Orifice, along with many other bands, got together in Long Beach to hold a fundraiser for a young girl with brain cancer. Marble and Chris Cave, Orifice’s lead guitarist, are both medical doctors in family practice, with degrees from the University of South Alabama. While the girl was not their patient, they gave up their time and went all out to help a girl in need.

Orifice hopes to be doing a world tour within the next five years, so that they can reach the fans that can’t reach them. They are already selling albums in 10 countries. Marble’s dream is to one day be able to play at the Grammy Awards. Until then, you will be able to see them around town, playing at places such as Southside. They plan to play two shows a month, beginning in October, when their new album, Y2Kiss My Orifice, is released.

If you have any questions or comments for Orifice, you can e-mail them at clone9@bellsouth.net. You can also look for more information about Liquid Dreams Records in the November 2000 issue of Guitar World.

If you know of or are involved in an up-and-coming band that you think should appear in the Harbinger, contact me at hippyxxx@yahoo.com.

-- Jeff McManus


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