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Introducing…A Genuine Freakshow

Posted on 21 September 2010 by Joe

Continuing our look at unsigned, emerging bands

Where are they from? UK

Who are they? Timothy Sutcliffe – Vocals & Guitar,Jack Bryant – Drums, Marianne Casey Canning – Violin, Melanie Dickson – Cello, John Dunstan – Trumpet, Simon Evans – Guitar and John Szmidt – Bass.

What do they sound like? There is a quirky Englishness to this seven piece’s take on epic indie-pop. Among their influences are Sigur Ros and Radiohead, and it shows. There’s lots of sweeping orchestral flourishes, but at its core the sound is indie-pop. For our money A Genuine Freakshow, who formed in 2007, sound most like US act Ra Ra Riot, in the way they delight in bringing instruments such as cello and violin to the fore.

What have they got to say for themselves? On their Myspace page they describe their music as “born of their broad range of influences from Elbow and Radiohead to Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky are accompanied by lush orchestral arrangements and the sincere falsetto vocals of Timothy Sutcliffe. This gives the music they create a blend of classic pop with unpredictable structures and epic climaxes reminiscent of Arcade Fire, Mew, and Sigur Ros.”

What releases/tracks should I look out for? Later this year (2009) they plan to release their first album Oftentimes and have previously issued a number of self-released singles including ‘We Are The Undercurrents’ and ‘Holding Hearts’. They are offering a free/pay what you like digital EP of some of their tracks, including ‘We Are The Undercurrents’ on their website.

Where can I find out more? http://www.agenuinefreakshow.com

by Joe Lepper, Aug 2009

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