"It has been a while, but we are back, saddled up, rippin' out some old, abrasive tunes, and even millin' up some new ear-churners," says Genrevolta frontman Philip Estes. The Charleston-based art-punk/indie-rock trio hasn't graced a stage for over a year and a half, but a holiday gig set for the Tin Roof this Saturday came together with ease.
Genrevolta first started making noise in town seven years ago, with Estes on guitar, vocals, and a variety of noisy gadgets and props. Eventually, he solidified things with drummer Pete Rivas and bassist Richard Weld. In 2004, the threesome released a self-titled, five-song EP, recorded at Erik Karter and Kevin Taylor's Awendaw studio. In 2007, they recorded some of their most fiery and jagged work at the Jam Room Studio in Columbia with Jay Matheson and Steve Slavich. Three songs landed on a split-EP with pals Motormouth Mabel, released in April 2007 on Tick Tock Records.
In the spring of 2008, Weld's other band, the more atmospheric A Decent Animal, signed to a major booking agency and left Charleston for new adventures in San Francisco. The move out to California basically put a halt to any major Genrevolta action in town.
"Richard now has a baby in each arm out in San Francisco, so we enlisted our friend Darby McGregor to command the thunderous low end," says Estes of the latest version of Genrevolta. "It's working out well."
Estes might have a few new tricks up his sleeve when he and the band hit the stage alongside Motormouth Mabel and McGregor's other band, the James Island-based punk/metal combo Bitchdigger.
"We have a pretty long track record of mischief with Motormouth Mabel, so it should be a fun show," says Estes. "Motormouth is scattered all over the East Coast now, but they all agreed to come down and help settle peoples' stomachs and eardrums on the Saturday after turkey meal day — which is also my birthday. It should be a rad celebration."