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Who are Genshen?
As one of JJJ's
Exposed Artists, Genshen have established themselves as an
exciting new act on the Australian indie music scene. They have remained steadfastly DIY (do-it-yourself), unsigned and independent, winning an award for best self-managed Australian group. Having formed
from a common love for UK indie music, Genshen quickly proved
themselves in the live arena by achieving the status of finalist in
the Queensland Rock Awards.
Genshen went on to gain critical acclaim for their originality,
unique sound and appealing quirky style when they released their debut
single Love is on the Radio. With their successful track
record of radio and RAGE airplay for the single, Genshen subsequently rose to national acclaim with the release of their debut EP "Someplace Else", polling in Top 5 of Australian Independent Charts and remaining on the Top 20 for more than 16 weeks.
Genshen possess a love of innovative indie music. They bring their
own mix of '80s and '90s influences to their music to create their
own blend of quirky indie pop that incorporates soaring synths, lush
guitars, melodic bass and solid pop rhythms. The outcome can be retro,
funky, jazzy, or just straight-forward pop-rock.
Genshen are lovers of '70's sci-fi television series and can often
be found seeking looking for unusual op-shop guitars and only the
cutest '70s keyboards. To date, they have recorded and produced their
own CDs from their home studio. When playing live they aim to treat
audiences to a sonic experience. Genshen have an energetic and captivating
stage presence that adds a dimension to their music beyond that captured
Genshen's music blends pop and indie elements with their own
innovative melody and sounds - the outcome is a delightfully quirky indie-pop.
The music is like nothing else in Brisbane and possibly Australia
combining 80's style vintage synths, 90's style guitar and melodic
basslines to create an intriguing, intense and energetic soundscape.
Influences include the likes of joy division, underground
lovers, new order and stereolab.
image by garnet
EP polled at
#4 on Australian independent charts
airplay on JJJ for new EP "Someplace Else" since Nov
FlyTV, MTV and Rage broadcasts of video clip for JJJ hit song
"Nothing Quite Like This"
Won Fly TV's
Buzz-Clip comp on March 8 with 68% of votes (currently No 12
on Fly TV's Popsui's Top 20)
JJJ "exposed artist" and interviewed on JJJ shows such as Super Request, Drive Time, Oz Music
on commercial stations including Nova, B105, MMM and Fox FM
Strong support by community radio along east coast including
airplay, interviews and "live-to-air" performances
of debut single "Love is on the Radio" in 2001
on RAGE of clip for debut single Voted No. 2
in the Top 5 for Brisbane's radio station 4ZZZFM in 2001
featured on an internationally released commercial sports video Excellent CD
and gig reviews by press including Time Off, Tsunami, Semper,
Courier Mail and more
Qld Rock Awards 2000 and Sunnie Awards 2000
"Alluring cross between eighties synth-pop and early nineties shoegazing
guitar-rock...compact and wistful pop songs couched in swirling
sometimes cheesy synth textures and resonant guitars... widescreen
atmospherics aided by rich detailed production" Rave Magazine
"I was deeply impressed... Brisbane remains the Kapital of Kool." Revolver Magazine
by far the best band in Brisbane today.
Genshen's sound is as original as it is goddamned familiar...Genshen
scream appeal..." EvilPresley.com
to startle and amaze with their ability to reproduce their lush
atmospheric pop songs with such clarity...exquisite aural delights
in the notoriously difficult live setting...superb"
Andrew - Oz Music Project
"tight and luscious...breathy, spacious, ethereal and utterly pop. Go buy it, go see 'em, and get yourself lurved!"
Richard Kwong - Time Off Magazine
'pop'...I'd heard stories about the wonders of the Genshen band
wagon, and boy it was a joyous ride...my new favourite band"
Hans - Brispop Discussion
Genshen are a revelation...a majestic, heady ride from start to
finish. Nothing local's
sounded this good for years...Genshen sound poised for greatness. Get this record. It's splendid."
Genshen performed at the prestigious Big Day Out in early 2005. Genshen
have completed numerous east coast tours and performed at festivals
such as The Hoogie Festival, The infamous Valley Fiesta, The Seafood
Festival and the Rapid Festival since the release of their EP "Someplace
Else" playing along side the likes of Waikiki, Magic Dirt, 28 days,
Pete Murray, The Superjesus, Gersey, Gaslight Radio, The Cruel Sea,
Oscalima, The Beautiful Girls, and Geneveive Maynard. They have also recently performed a live to
air at the JJJ Studios and are about to embark on a Pepsi Live performance
and a MMM unplugged performance.
Genshen have spent years developing their unique and quirky
blend of indie-pop both in the live context and in their home studio.
In fact, Genshen feel like they have played every venue in Brisbane
and most venues on the east coast of Australia! With a back catalogue
including The Annandale, The Espy, The Empress, The Hopetoun, The
Sandringham, The Oxford, The Gaelic Bar, The Great Northern, The Zoo,
The Healer, Ric's Café, The Alley, The Waterloo, Uni of Qld, Paddo
Workers Tavern, The Ship Inn, The Red Room, The Queens Arms, it's
Quentin: Neil Halstead (Mojave3, Slowdive), Gaslight Radio, Not From
There, Bob Dylan, Burt Bacharach, Thursten Moore (Sonic Youth), Leonard
Cohen, Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
Gillian: Gary Newman, Stereolab, Visage, any popular music made between
Steven: Robert Smith (The Cure), William Reid (Jesus and Mary Chain),
and Peter Hook (Joy Division)
Simon: Favourite artists include Beatles, Smiths and The Chameleon
is where it all happens. The GENSHEN studio is a 3x4 metre space
ingeniously designed so that all the gear basically runs up the walls!
The trusty Drum Machine
busy studio is a good studio.
GENSHEN currently rehearse and record in this small space.
Gillian's Keyboard stack
Guitar Amp, Guitar & Rack
Quentin : Guitar, Synthesisers, Vocals
Gillian : Synthesisers, Samplers, Vocals
Steven : Bass, FX, noise
Simon : Drums, Triggers, Synths
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