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Portrait of Organ Thieves

Organ Thieves

About Organ Thieves

Toronto, Canada

Mikesmith - BassTheo McKibbon - DrumsChuck Coles - ConductorDave 'Brownsound' Baksh - Guitar

In early 2000 I was in and out of the hospital for having too much fun. Along with many of my close friends and lovers, completely broken for the first time I graduated to a man who could write his version of a love song. During this time I found myself writing songs, poems, different perspectives on people, life, love, sexuality and how the mind and system we live in works. This was a very sad/inspiring and important time in my life that opened up a side I was afraid to exercise

I felt like an outcast during school and had a tough time with the education system. I was looking for a way to wave my flag. Punk rock became a big part of my life around the age of 13. I grew up listening to country, the blues, you name it. I gave it a listen and tried to understand where all these people were coming from. I never thought I was allowed to listen to black people’s music growing up or anyone of color. I thought the radio was what you had to listen to. My life and happiness improved 100% when I realized I was in control of what I want to listen to. I found it really hard (and still do) to find my place in the society we live in. By no means did I think of myself as a song writer, but more a helping hand for other musicians to reach their goal in creating music

I was performing with Murder Culture in Toronto. Some friends of mine I kept at a distance from due to the way I was behaving. I was terrified of judgement. However, they came to see my show. Substance abuse has a funny way of turning what seems to be normal event, into an adventure, into a world of mistrust and suspicion. Mike Smith (Bass) is a friend I have in my oldest memories (my mom use to babysit him when we were growing up. I even went to pirate parties at his parents’ place.) He happened to be at this show. When I saw him, I went into, what I was told later on to be, stimulant psychosis. I could not control myself. Long story short, I ended up in my childhood town with Mike. We took a guitar down to a place where my friends and I used to throw rocks at cars on Halloween when we were kids. I played Mike some songs from what later became the project we are currently working on. He has always been someone who told me I had something to offer musically and a great friend. I didn’t get around to the songs I played him that night until 2009.Uneasy with the way I was hearing music, I felt like it was time to move on from playing other people's music and focus my energy on my own

My roommate at the time had a c.d. that said BB on it. I thought it was a Bad Brains CD, so I put it on. It was some of the wildest guitar I have ever heard-very intimating and clean. I found out later it was Dave Baksh (guitar and back-up vocals /true gentleman) from Sum 41. It was his new project. I put it on from time to time and loved it. Really challenging arrangements- something I'm not use to. I ended up at his place a few months later for a party. He asked me if I want to sit in on a piece of music the band was working on. ‘Of course”, I replied. I haven't had a connection like that since Murder Culture. It felt really good. Ian from Murder Culture, who is another one of my oldest friends and got me into music, had already been playing with Dave for a little while doing some percussion. He wanted to start playing reggae in Toronto- something we have done since our early 20's. He called me and said he would get me some food and drinks for playing. I said I would be there in a bit. Mike Smith and myself learned some rhythms and played for hours.  We did this for a couple weeks with different musicians. Dave was one of these musicians. I swear the second he played his first chord, we had something. It’s not worth trying to describe- I could never do it justice. Dave and I spent more time together talking about life changes he had been going through. I wanted to be there for him. I still am to this day. I have respect for someone who gives up what lots of people in music are trying to do and focuses on what is in their heart and what feels good. That was the most punk rock thing I have heard in a long time and will stand by him. I think this is where Dave and I really connected. He asked me to join his project and I jumped at the opportunity. I knew going into this, that there was something there I had to follow and learn from

Theo (drums / Patrick Swazye road house) I will make this story pretty short because it’s a story within itself. As miss naked would say, ''it was just a moment of weakness". Long story short, I am no stranger to excessive behaviour. Sometimes that energy just finds like-minded people. It just so happened, Theo is one of the most talented people I know. Matt Worobec and close friend of mine had to leave the band to deal with real life, so I called Theo right away. I always wanted to play with him. I was a fan of his playing before he joined,so it has been a learning experience and has been a pleasure sharing ideas with him

So there is a little window into Organ Thieves. I hope you enjoy the project that we are putting our lives into. We care a great deal about our instruments and want to share whatever it is we have to share. New album is coming out this year, so stay connected.

Lots of love
Chuck (Organ Thieves)

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