Orchid People - Gary Seven: The Best Stuff
This release shows another fine Greenville SC band in transition but still at the height of it's powers. Mike Lusk (Guitar), Steve McGowan (Bass) and Bob King (Drums) had been soldiering on as The Orchid People since 1989, playing many gigs and games of pool/drinking beer while supposedly 'rehearsing.' The Orchids released a fine six-song cassette (Zub 102) in 1989. By 1993, the band had added Tim Hammond on lead guitar, and Steve was replaced by Glenn Ware on bass. No hard feelings, The Orchid People became Gary Seven.
This 1994 cassette spotlights the end version of The Orchid people, as tight and amazing a three piece (with some help from Tim) as you can get, and the beginning of Gary Seven. Alnmost all songs are Mike Lusk's, his beautiul Westerbergian pop shining through. It's clever, intelligent pop, and it's very, very good. Check out Bob King's jazzy drumming on "Hardly Breaking," Mike's lovely 12-string and vocal on "In Between Lines," or the almost perfect pop of "Gravel Town." I am very proud of this production and would put this band in either form up against any. Enjoy the orginal cassette, well preserved, stored properly, and shrinkwrapped from back in the day.