Genre is an interesting and I guess clever name for a band. I’ll satisfy the quirky statement you may have already assembled pertaining to Genre’s genre. Well, it could be described as electronic, noise pop, alternative, etc. They are an exciting mutt of sounds. For the most part, the songs on their EP Scrape Your Voices on the Stars” are short chunks, quick to go down but slow to digest.
They pack a punch and get across a lot of feeling in such a short time. Look out for some “gotcha” use of dynamics because these guys take the soft/loud/soft combo to the extreme. The first time on “East Coast Sunshine Blues” I nearly pushed myself away from the screen. I think that’s what you call effective. Genre lulls you into a pleasant melody with hush vocals and then gives just enough space for a breath before they crank the volume and crash like a hurricane into your earhole.
"Just Go" combines distorted guitars, quirky synths and infectious vocals. Whenever the guitars enter they sound huge. “To See And Be Seen” has a powerful epilogue that could really stretch out if the band had any jam tendencies. The band rocks out on a triumphant march that is powerful and defined.
As for the rest of the record, my interest began to wane. What started out strong became a wandering march toward background blend.
I have to give credit to the creativity and image painting within their music as well as the language in their media. Their former EP was titled The Weepy Omelette and featured a teary-eyed drowsy egg concoction on the cover. This current project is equally original and urges us to cry out or sing out whatever it may be. Just be sure you scrape your voice on the stars. That kind of poetic thinking doesn’t conform to this misfit style of a group. The album’s cover implies a set of eyes containing a sort of Trivial Pursuit piece of sectioned aspects in social, musical and psychological culture. Make of it what you will, but I think it speaks volumes.
This album is just fine for the right mood. There are a number of solid songs but there is also a lot of ways that the band can grow and evolve.
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