Andrew Anderson has been a frequent presence on our site here, whether its been with us writing about Hipshakes or Freak Genes or Proto Idiot…but now we’re writing about his one-man show, Queasy Pieces. This debut single definitely seems like its got strong ties to his past, as he feels like he’s channeling Jay Reatard in his vocal bursts of the chorus on this one. But, like all things Anderson’s done, there’s a constant knack for crafting tunes that leave you thirsting for more. Hopefully that ends up being the case, as this sounds like the precursor to having a whole lot of fun!
I love listening to Freak Genes, the hottest UK act you might not have heard about before; it’s made up of equal parts Red Cords/Proto Idiot members, with final mastering touches done by everyone’s hero, Mikey Young. III is the group’s third outing, and they’ve got plans to keep things interesting, throwing in heavy synth focus this round to switch the mood. Every song definitely has its own vibe, from starting off sounding like Jay Reatard to walking down the line of experimental synth pop a la Liars; it’s scattered but interestingly so, encouraging you to revisit time and time again. If you’re into it, III is available via Drunken Sailor Records.
Freak Genes is a new Manchester project made up of members of Proto Idiot and The Red Cords. The entirety of Playtime walks the fine line between old school punk and power pop, delivering these insatiable slices in quick succession that begs you to come again. There’s a bratty indifference, giving the impression that the group really is taking the title to heart; put your ear to the speaker and you can hear the band having fun. “Mind the Gap” was the group’s single for this release, but “Nothing’s Plain to See” is my personal favorite with its furious power pop tendencies. You like Dirtnap Records? Wish Burger Records had better bands? Listen to Freak Genes. The album’s available via Alien Snatch as we speak!