A Genuine Freakshow - BBC - Reading and Leeds - 2011

Greg James

16:00 – 17:45 // In the studio next is Newsbeat

26 - 28 August 2011

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A Genuine Freakshow

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A Genuine Freakshow are an artful blend of pop sensibility, icy soundscapes and blistering walls of noise. Their sound, while impressively focused, covers a range of musical staples, with the group letting influences from Mew to Sigur Ros and The National surface throughout. With a line-up that adds violin, cello and trumpet to the standard rock four-piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, their live shows are a master class in how to do epic without slipping into pompous.

There’s no real way to tell when A Genuine Freakshow came into existence, as the group are fairly unsure themselves. It has been agreed, for the time being, that the official Reading based seven-piece line up was born in 2008, and I'm sure will be greeted with open arms by their hometown.

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