With the nearing release of new album, I Am (out on 20th July via Ohah Records) and the dropping of single, Epiphany, experimental electro-outfit Geniuser have been busy. Not to mention working on the video for Epiphany.
Michael Allen from the band spoke with The Fountain about all that we can look forward to from the band as well as working with Jackie Baier for the video.
TF: A new single release, you must be excited?
Yes we are. It’s always good to get something out there, like covertly releasing little bits of propaganda. It was a long time coming but thankfully it is a timeless piece of rhetoric, so the memorandum remains relevant.
TF: And we are to expect more from you later in the year, perhaps an album?
Definitely, we have an album coming out on 20th July this year entitled I Am. It was recorded in Berlin and there will be a couple more singles coming from that. The first Can I Can and then Monkey. We have been working with animators Martin Anderson and Chris Bigg (4AD) on a video for Monkey, which from the first rushes they have sent, looks amazing.
TF: And what has it been like to work with Jackie Baier on the video?
It was great, Jackie is a very talented individual and has brilliantly documented the underbelly of Berlin for decades through photography and film. We were very lucky to have her interpret the track. Claustrophobic and unsettling. She caught the mood perfectly.
TF: Are you going to be promoting this with a tour, are we likely to see you play live soon?
We hope to be finalising a tour soon. Once that happens you will be the first to know.
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
We played in Odessa, Ukraine last year. That was an eye opener, we were there for three weeks. Odessa has a crumbling beauty about it which is very appealing. It has the famous Potemkin stairs which are sited overlooking the harbour and which feature in the film Battleship Potemkin. The people we met are incredibly knowledgeable about music and very appreciative of those who make an effort to come to their city to play. Playing in a venue where security were packing guns to keep the ‘wrong type of people’ out, all added to the excitement.
Photo courtesy of Jackie Baier.