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Monday, March 18, 2013

Go Genre Everything - Domestic Dreams and Robots EP on Vacant Valley Records

Robots say a lot about a band, they can either be used as a cute goof, or can symbolize everything wrong with the way culture is headed.
I’m pretty sure Go Genre Everything are messing with the ways that robots work into the ways we’re living our lives online these days, judging by their crazy website from the dawn of the internet. This duo is like the Spaceships (the LA band) halfway across the world - in that other great DIY capital, Melbourne, Australia. Jen and Zack have been playing in various projects since they picked up instruments and this single is a cathartic combination of the pop pipes from Mates of State and the chaos of the Cave Bears.

The A-Side of this conceptual EP kicks off with "Everyday Robots". As a duo you'd better give it your all, there's no one else who’s going to fill in those spaces. If you’re working with the guitar and drums, now is the time to bash it out. Vocally, Zack comes off like Johnny Lydon in that post punk talky question style, ending each verse on a high note. Meanwhile, Jen is screaming in middle of the measure, cackling, a sirens wail dropping bomb of descending vocal.
The following track, "Giant Robot" has an epic, feedbacking distortion over a simple throbbing kick. This sustained forever guitar can't wait for breaks, constantly humming over this thumping along kick, once the two of them start working together it's as epic as the giant robot stomping along. Organ runs around the scales and the drums take their own place, loose and free. Go Genre Everything put this together in the rehearsal space, all heart and limitations...and that completely comes across. A Blue Box, lower, doubled octave gets into a beefy melody and the percussion adopts a snappy hip-hop snare, off kilter rhythm with the two of them yelling alternatively about a giant robot and a modern list of the future things in our daily lives; directory assistance, SMS text, ATM withdrawal’s. I think Shit Vulture would appreciate these guys, being equally as concerned with ridiculousness of right now and take similar chances at peeling back those onion layers. It's not should you be coming up with lyrics like this, but you have to. Robots are here, technology is everywhere, changing relationships and's not a revolution and you can’t fight against it, GGE is a demented form of acceptance.

B-Side "Domestic environment" leaves the piercing distortions behind as this is a pleasantly strummed jazzy tune, but their dual vocals really belt this out like All In The Family, the grating lack of harmony mirroring the actual relationships of the people in this family situation. Like real life, the backup harmony gets sweet for a second, but the rest is all Jemina Pearl and Tiny Tim…completely out of control banging and yelling like a bunch of real animals, you know, like every holiday.
“Dream of Eternal Youth” continues this simple beat and nice electric songwritery vibe. A garage scuzz guitar cranks in here, the upper end drops out and their legitimately nice harmony starts....well, just for a minute. They both have this quivering mental patient vocal style that is pretty freaking unique. But all of the niceness they've been slowly building up by the end it’s shattered by "…but we're still going to die."
The whole EP is through the twisted lens of domestic 50's living, the failure of making things easier with Asbestos and plastics, pulling the wool over your own eyes and buying robots...another mechanical failure having this thing do all the things you don’t want to. I think Go Genre Everything is appropriately attacking these failures… and in character. They are going to whine about it and make things unpleasant because that's the truth. I may have been thinking about the Butthole Surfers a lot lately but this has the hallmarks of a band so unconcerned with nearly everything going on around them that they hit on this uniquely unfashionable idea, which is always at the core of a true punk original.

Hand pasted photo collage on cardstock, dark purple vinyl and a website that is even more confusing than it would have been in 1993.

Pick this up from Vacant Valley, import only, so you'll have to demand it from your local supplier.

Sounds like a subGenius reference...
How about this one

Song of the day – 527: Go Genre Everything

Go Genre Everything - Domestic Dreams And Robots

Here’s the pitch from the label:

    GO GENRE EVERYTHING – Domestic Dreams and Robots 7?
    An incomparable duo from Melbourne, with a unique brand of mutant post punk noise akin to perhaps Boredoms or The Fall? But probably not. Domestic Dreams and Robots is ultimately a concept. A short escape through self-possessed absurdity, unusual poignancy and sheer entertainment.

Oh man. Can I just step in, and say there is a reason for folk like me to exist every now and then. This is so way off it ain’t even coruscating in the same bivouac.

1. This is nothing – NOTHING – like The Fall. Least not this new 7? which sounds like an inspired, demented cross between something entirely unfettered and free of constraints of what may or may not be acceptable in the musical world of 2012 (The Bastards Of Fate, say: only far squeakier) and something entirely free and unfettered  by constraints of what may or may not be acceptable in the musical world of 2010 (GO!GO!7188, say: only far looser). What I wrote about the latter band could mostly apply here (substitute Melvins for Rezillos or, what the fuck, don’t):

    They’re prolific, for sure. They appear to have no cut-off point. Masses of albums, singles and live albums released over the last decade [two decades in Go Genre Everything's case - Ed] attest to this. They straddle genres – noisy, for the most part: rock – with an alarming lack of embarrassment. It’s like that explosion of a reference of female-led punk I linked to a few months back, only with GO!GO!7188 taking up the entire side of a mix-tape by themselves. Sometimes, they’ll turn in a set of covers that reminds me wonderfully of my ancient Scots trash sweethearts The Rezillos. Others, they’ll be like an appallingly bad, radio-friendly version of Brisbane’s own I Heart Hiroshima or Skunk Anansie or someone (if only for the ridiculously high vocals). Others, they’re verging on Ecstatic Peace territory. (Song of the day – 132: GO!GO!7188)

When I draw this comparison, I’m really only talking about the incredibly liberating sense of confusion that listening to Go Genre Everything’s new single creates in me.

2. This is nothing – NOTHING – like Boredoms. OK. There’s squealing and freedom and guitars. That’s to the good. That’s a little bit Boredoms. There are melodies just when you’re least expecting them, and also at the very start. Yep. That’s fine. But it’s all subtle and doesn’t make you want to gnaw on your fist in awe. Your arm, yes. Maybe the way the music seems to leap through several symphonies of dissonant sound in the space of two minutes, maybe that’s the Boredoms hook? Yeah, maybe. Maybe the A-side of the 7? is composed of 10 miniature songs? Dunno. It aims for the stars and over-reaches so easily, so clumsily, it’s brilliant. Throws them away laughing. Frankly, it’s more abstract art absurd than music.

The B-side, meanwhile, is like Jello Biafra crossed with Those Dancing Days, with some Led Zeppelin and Tunabunny thrown in…

Question mark

No, not really, you stupid cunt! Not really.

Here’s what that man Scott had to say about The Bastards Of Fate. Again, I think it’s relevant. And again, I serve only to jumble:

    Sure there are reference points — Dismemberment Plan, Beefheart, Flipper, Tom Waits, Frank Zappa, Nabokov, Brian Eno, Café Tacuba, Borges, Skullflower, Burt Bacharach, and a million more — but all of them are useless. You try to define The Bastards Of Fate, you attempt to explain them, but they squirm away like an anchovy in the bait tank. It’s a mix of beauty and ugliness. The band is constantly subverting themselves, pushing their music beyond understanding. It’s fucking beautiful. (The Bastards Of Fate – Who’s A Fuzzy Buddy (This Will Be Our Summer))

Vacant Valley Bandcamp

Go Genre Everything home page



So. What else? Here’s the cover version. Be warned, it’ll totally mislead you if you haven’t heard this duo before:
Here’s a cute stop motion animation. The music is nothing – NOTHING – next to this new single:
And here’s me, salivating like an underfed over-the-lease rabid dog, at the thought of this new single happening to me all over again:


Here’s another video. You’re going to be wondering why the fuck I’m salivating like a humongous trumpeting elephant if you don’t click on the Bandcamp link first, though:

So what can I drag out of my hype drawer to convince you all to have a listen. Hmm. Let me think The craziest, most brilliantly unafraid two songs I’ve heard from Australia all year. No, fuck Australia. Anywhere.
Great work of hyperbole from mr True. Out of Orbital.

Next we have this guy who really hated GGE HAL but seemed to have to mention GGE DDR slightly more kindly...

Listen: Go Genre Everything – Everyday Robots

There are a bunch of people I know who swear by Go Genre Everything. No one ever feels ambivalent about them, which is a very beautiful thing. Less beautiful is that they aren’t very prolific, but then, ubiquity leads to ambivalence and that is not an emotion that Go Genre Everything is associated with.

Case in point: I had a guy email me about this track. He wasn’t from the band, nor the label Vacant Valley, but still he wrote that this new 7 inch is “the best local release of the year” followed by italicised song lyrics penned by Go Genre Everything. He probably sat there and typed them out himself, all starry-eyed and giddy. Is this guy a sicko? No, he’s just in love. Thanks, buddy.

Anyway, the 7 inch is called Domestic Dreams and Robots and you can purchase through Vacant Valley and probably your local Chandlers. The track below is called ‘Everyday Robots’. Go forth and click.

And this guy really hated it...
December 26, 2012

Go Genre Everything – Domestic Dreams and Robots 7” EP (Vacant Valley)

Australia’s answer to Plan-It-X style folk/bike punk, as played by a gang of cruppets (Crust Muppets) who play right into the sort of happy nonsense that fuels that crowd. Two songs about domestic dreams are followed by two about robots, and not a hint of surprise escapes. Even for such a thing, a thing of which I have never wanted any part of, this feels like an extremely punishing example, and it’s all because of the vocal stylings of one member – she (he?) sounds like Edith Bunker with her fingers trapped in the power window of an ‘80s land yacht, and as a result I haven’t been driven away from songs this quickly in a very long time. The other recent Vacant Valley releases are OK, but this one you can forget. (
(Doug Mosurock)

Back to something more helpful, a brief assesment from X-Mist
Limited edition of 300 copies on violet-marble-colored vinyl, packed in nicely handmade sleeves! Contains 4 songs by this incomparable and outstanding duo from Melbourne/Australia. It's like 60s-Psychedelic-Pop and Girl-Group songs put into a minimalist lofi aesthetic – but(!) different to most other bands today, they are doing it in a mutantly deranged and hilariously funny way! Maybe in a similar vein as if the BOREDOMS or MELT-BANANA would be doing it... Yep, big fucking fun!
It is always interesting how humans think.

Here is a little by Mr Coley on the subject.
Photo of Byrons Review