Louder than War’s Ioan Humphreys meets yet another great band via social media in the form of Recessive Genes.
Recessive Genes (great name!!) are a four piece goth punk band from North London. They formed in July 2016 with Jonny (drums) and three long-time musical allies; brothers Matt (bass/vox) and Oliver (guitars), and James (vox/guitar). They play regularly in London, and in a previous incarnation have supported the mighty Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and Babyshambles. Their self-proclaimed manifesto is to make a short period of time, as eventful as possible. I cannot argue with that. Just brilliant.
Opening with a driving two chord guitar riff that runs throughout this 2.19 slice of post punk spikiness, Common Cold is crammed full of pained, insistent and barking vocals.
Repetitive lyrical references to ‘disease’ and shaking ‘the disease’ work perfectly with the minimal framework of the track. And the throbbing bass at the half-way breakdown leads to the tumultuous and cacophonous finale. It’s by this point, you are firmly in love with the band.
From this unremitting track alone I’m expecting great things from Recessive Genes and can’t wait to hear their debut album.
Recessive Genes’ debut album was recorded by Mark Jasper from Witching Waves at Soundsavers in Hackney and will see the light of day very soon.