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Tuesday 09 March 2021

Inspired By The Latest Lockdown Brighton's Musical Riot Genn Launch New Single Mackerel's Funky Mission

Mackerel's Funky Mission is the escapist new single from Brighton-based, transnational, genre-blending band Genn. 
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With the grooving track, vocalist Leona Farrugia takes on the life of a fish in order to get away from it all and traverse the seas, with her aim specifically on her homeland Malta. She chants passionately through her mackerel mission as the song and journey unfold. 

Farrugia says of the track: 

"I think Mackerel's Funky Mission is an escapism mechanism....  you sort of pretend to be someone else - in this case a fish - to escape from a current situation. It's fun to pretend you're something else and write from that perspective. 

"It was also inspired by the lockdown as I wanted to be a fish just to be able to travel, and also by my love for the sea. 

"I tried to be as visual as possible with the lyrics and the story."

The band's last single Feel, is a luscious blend of 70s psychedelia and shoegaze, and an appetite-whetting taste of what was to come.

Leona Farrugia said: 

"Musically, the song was inspired by The Doors and Lou Reed's 'Walk On The Wild Side' - it's drone-centred and infused with psychedelic elements, giving space for the vocals to shine through. 

"It culminates in a shoegazey bridge that showcases our love for experimentation, 70s music and jamming. 

"The lyrics personify a relationship with drugs and the dependency that stems from that sense of escapism."

They're serving alternative post-punk madness with a fun twist, fresh out of their DIY framework and are based out of Brighton. 

The quartet is completed by Janelle Borg (guitar), Leanne Zammit (bass) and Sofia Rosa Cooper (drums). 

Together they've been shaking audiences to the core with their infectious tunes, and with the honest, relatable themes they attack in their tracks.

Last year proved to be a very fruitful year for Genn, with BBC Introducing The South, Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music) and Glastonbury Festival championing the band. 

The band were also chosen as one of thirty European bands to represent Malta and the UK at the Music Europe Day 2020 online festival organised by the European Union and the publication Europavox, as well as one of the semi-finalists for the GRAMMY-endorsed, NYC-based e-festival Listen to Womxn. 

On top of all that, the band were one of the first fifty artists to be announced for Brighton's The Great Escape Festival in 2021.

Genn's new single 'Mackerel"s Funky Mission' is due on 12th March 2021. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley



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