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It’s basically a match made in heaven—or better yet, a match made in Hoenn.
DC duo Origami Angel’s vocalist Ryland Heagy (virtually) sat down with legendary video game blog, Kotaku, to discuss the influence that Pokémon had on not only his childhood, but on the band’s third EP, GEN 3 to be released May 31st.
With a design stylized to mimic the franchise’s iconic Game Boy cover art and track titles mirroring versions of the game’s third generation (“Ruby” “Sapphire” “Emerald”), Gen 3 is absolutely dripping with connections to the series.
Working closely with their manager, Lex (founder of Chatterbot Records), Origami Angel (fondly referred to as Gami for short) has constructed a brilliant series of music videos animated with cartoonish flair that only add to the endearing nature of each release. The two leading singles “Ruby” and “Sapphire” both clock in at under three minutes, but manage to explode with intense energy and excitement (and their length makes them easy to play over and over… and over).
Ryland’s soaring vocals are clear, and drummer Pat Doherty shines in the way he leads the smooth tempo changes that Gami has perfected over their last two EPs (and one split). There’s a familiarity in the way that Heagy rolls through guitar riffs that, for fans, makes these releases instantly recognizable as part of their discography.
It’s this exact type of ethereal energy that has made Origami Angel and their fans (the “Gami Gang”) such a tight-knit group, which is made obvious by almost every limited run merch item they post selling out in a matter of days. Unique and genius ideas like their upcoming tour-edition trading cards, “OA” pokeball buttons, and teaming up with Kotaku only brush the surface of what makes this group a force to be reckoned (battled?) with.
As the Gami Gang grows and Ryland and Pat master their live technique on the road this summer, it’s a safe bet that the physical copies (click to preorder) will become valued collector’s items in the near future.
So, go and—dare I say—Catch ‘Em All.
written by Olivia Keasling
edited by Jamie Coletta