Brighton-based four-piece ĠENN have been steadily making a name for themselves with their grunge and psych-inspired music. After the release of their debut album Titty Monster they toured across the UK and Europe. Now, they’re back with their latest EP Liminal. Made throughout the first lockdown, nothing seems to stand in their way, and they’re just as cool as ever. We chatted to bassist Leanne about all things ĠENN ahead of the EP release.
RC: Hi ĠENN, can you describe the music you make in three words?
L: Honest, multifaceted, and driven.
RC: You’re about to release your latest EP Liminal, what is the story behind its creation?
L: I think we all felt a restless push to create new material for a while – the one album we have so far was so long ago that everything about the band, the people involved and life as a whole were incredibly different. We wanted to reflect the sense of progression, and the fact that we still feel like we have further to go. Hence, Liminal.
RC: One of the singles from your EP, Mackerel’s Funky Mission, is written from the perspective of a fish. How did you come up with the idea for this?
L: Leona (vocals!) has all the credit for that one, though my understanding of it is that it ties into the themes the song (as well as the whole record’s theme, in a way) wants to convey very perfectly – as a number of us originate from the Mediterranean (and we live in a seaside city even now), fish and the sea are a common presence in what we know as home. There’s definitely more going on there as well, but that’s up to the listener to determine.
RC: How has the pandemic changed your approach to making music?
L: It directly affected how we wrote this record, actually – usually we opt for jamming ideas out in a rehearsal room, however since these songs were conceived over the first lockdown (almost exactly a year ago now!) we found we were more efficient than expected sharing ideas over web-based DAW software. Maybe we’ll be able to do both the next time round!
RC: Your music is hard to fit into one specific genre, what are your biggest influences?
L: Every single one of us will have a different answer for this one! I think the broadness of influence lends to the sound immensely, to the point that certain influences aren’t limited to just music. There’s a love for both quasi-mainstream elements and not so much that I think comes through nicely in what we put out. I myself am partial to channeling my funky and post-punky tastes in this band.
RC: You’re based in Brighton, which has a great music scene, what are some of your favourite things about the city?
L: The seaside view, the venues and the gigs, and the talent of course! Being surrounded by so many creative people is inspiring to no end.
RC: What are you most excited about for the coming year?
L: Firstly, the release of Liminal of course – though I suppose I’ve said why in an earlier question. At this point, I’m excited and tentatively hopeful that we’ll get to see some gigs! We have every intention to keep the momentum going so I’m looking forward to seeing what we’ll have by this time next year.
RC: Is there any venue you would love to perform at and why?
L: That is a little tricky actually, there are so many options. This is more of a personal reflection than a band one, but I would love to be able to perform at Alcatraz in Milan at some point. When I lived in Malta I used to fly to Italy and here to see my favourite bands, and the first gig I ever did that for was at that venue (Opeth, Nov 2016). I think playing there would make my brain melt.
RC: Lastly, if you could perform with any musician, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
L: Another one specific to me, but I’m a little obsessed with Kinga Glyk at the moment. It would be an eccentric combination for sure but she’s so ridiculously talented I think it would work.
Liminal EP is out now.