Genre – Scrape Your Voices On The Stars EP

It was nearly three years ago that Genre blew my mind. I was super excited about them and then they disappeared. I have no idea what happened, I know they put out an EP that I failed  to cover, but I somehow stayed in touch with Zac Markey and Corey Gomez, thankfully. If there  was one band that I hoped would return to the scene it was Genre. And they have, thankfully.  Scrape Your Voices On The Stars is one of the most exciting releases available, period. I’m not clinging to hyperbole here. This is six songs of pure brilliance out of nowhere. This is a seriously single heavy EP, and others have commented about how far Genre have come along and they are correct. One thing I do know, Genre needs to play beyond the Rogue, they need to show the rest of the crowd how great they are immediately. Add to the fact they sampled Donnie from Sun Ghost on drums and Ariel and Cassidy from Sister Lip (drums and vocals)  and this EP really couldn’t get much better.

“East Coast Sunshine Blues” is probably one of the greatest songs to be released this year, I’m not fucking joking. It’s so freaking good, you won’t believe it. I actually made a burned CD that plays “East Coast Sunshine Blues” 36 times in a row, that’s how much I like it. The delivery of the verses is absolutely perfect, but when you are about a minute in and Zac Markey screams “Someone at the gates, someone in outer space, somewhere higher than this place, i hope it’s not too late” and the guitars kick in full throttle it makes my heart explode. I live fore every time they hit the raging chorus parts. It is the best two minute single since Archers Of Loaf’s “Web In Front.” Genre has a fascinating dichotomy between the dark and disturbed side (Markey) and the cute and loveable side delivered by Corey Gomez. It works. “Just Go” proves this point, which is every bit a single as the opener, but in a completely different way. This song will stick in my brain, because it sounds like something else that I have never been able to place no matter how many times I’ve listened to it other than maybe the works of Brian Dellinger (Kirkwood Dellinger, Dellinger Feist, Bison Island). It’s pure electronic soaked guitar pop. Love the background screams of “Genre!” at the end that I didn’t hear until about the twentieth listen. Markey’s psychosis is in full effect for “To See and Be Seen”which explodes much of the time, shrouded in darness, angst and misery. It also rocks the fuck out like nobody’s business.

“Siren” actually sounds like Genre have been spending a hell a lot of time with Field Tripp, which is appropriate, because they have. I would actually like to hear Dan Tripp cover this number, because it would just be pure fun and it’s right up his alley. This is another fuzz washed pop tune, so I suspect Gomez is behind it, but I could be completely wrong about that.  With this cute South American keyboard line and hand claps I can’t imaging otherwise. It’s the shortest tune on here, but it makes me smile every time. “Cat Problems” is yet more proof that Genre has been spending a fair amount of time with Dan Tripp because it actually features Tripp on the song, and when they play it live he takes the stage to join them. It’s the only true slow burner on this mini-masterpiece and it’s a heartwrenching tale of insecurity, love and loss–with more than a hint of bitterness. The line “tell the cats i still love them, I’ll grab my shit when it’s right, but for now, there’s no where to lie down–I got the record player but i didn’t get the house,” is fucking priceless. The combination of thrash guitar and simplistic synth makes “Wyld Stallyn Music” makes it the perfect finale. This has to be a Markey number and it blows my mind every time with the speed with which he deliver the choruses. This is music to skate to and no, it’s not really over seven minutes long, it’s barely four, but then it fades to the sound of a needle on vinyl for well over two minutes before finishing out to a charming synthesizer coda.  Recommended cuts? Well the whole damn EP because it’s just fantastic. Sometimes I have grave reservations about how much I adore certain music, but this EP is a unique carnival of delight. Scrape Your Voices On The Stars presents six songs that show Genre as they are in 2014, three years on and brilliant, and possibly one of the best bands in town. If nothing else they prove that they sure as hell are one of the most relevant. It’s just that goddamned good.

I cordially and sincerely invite you to Crescent Ballroom this Sunday for a celebration of the birth of June 2014 featuring Genre and three acts that I cannot get enough of these days. In addition to Genre, there will be Bad Neighbors (so far my favorite debut of 2014) who have captured both my heart and my mind (Read About My Reaction To Bad Neighbors Here). Anthony Fama & The Redemptions will also make their Crescent debut and I’ve already written about how much I love that supergroup HERE. Finally, Matt Klassen will be opening the whole evening and I can’t wait to see what he’s up to after disbanding The Cold Desert, last time I saw him he blew a couple hundred peoples minds with a convincing Billy Idol cover set. Genre does have one surprise in store–they apparently broke their computer and have to resort to using a live drummer! This actually excites the holy hell out of me, because I think its going to sound great, but also because the drummer is Trevor Denton of Sun Ghost! Seriously, check this show out, you will regret it if you don’t, because here are four emerging acts that will make your Sunday night fantastic beyond your imagination. Genre describe their sound as “electronic, genre-bending rock from outer space, sent to Earth to liberate humanity and bring us all into the future” and that’s pretty accurate, but somehow, I think that ethic can be applied to the entire night. Now listen to EP below and convince yourself to go this Sunday, June 1st to Crescent Ballroom.