Alt-punk collective, GEN AND THE DEGENERATES are back with their brand new, vitriolic anthem ‘BIG HIT SINGLE,’ out now on Marshall Records.
The band’s latest offering takes “corporeal form” as a loving middle finger directed at their record label. The single was spawned by asking the band to “write another track like the song that did well,” with the resulting tongue-in-cheek, punk-rock melee proving to be decidedly catchy.
Recorded and produced by the infamous ROSS ORTON (Arctic Monkeys, Amyl and the Sniffers, Drenge, Gang of Four,) the track is packed with off-kilter guitars, fuzzed-out driving basslines and hip-shaking, blown out drums that paint pictures of a violent disco.
Speaking on their new single, vocalist Genevieve Glynn-Reeves comments: “If you want the highbrow answer, then ‘BIG HIT SINGLE’ is about the experience of creating art under late capitalism. If you want the lowbrow –and slightly more honest– answer, then ‘BIG HIT SINGLE’ is me trying to wind up our label.
“They’d made quite a reasonable request…‘Please can you write more songs like the song that did well and stop experimenting with every genre under the sun in a completely chaotic and hedonistic manner?’ Unfortunately, I have issues with authority… My parents often regale me with the tale of my Year 4 parent’s evening, in which my teacher described me as ‘too wild, in the bohemian sense.’
“If Mrs Baker couldn’t get me to behave, then what chance did Marshall Records have? Luckily, they have a good sense of humour over at Marshall.”