A Genuine Freakshow play Hopscotch Machine Gun Madness

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. It's no coincidence that this was the period where they found their artistic equilibrium, with the self-release of their single Holding Hearts (that earned a coveted spot on Best of 2008 with BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson).

Never ones to sit still for too long, A Genuine Freakshow's new single Hopscotch Machine Gun Madness is the second single to be taken off their album and captures the true spirit of the eclectic seven-piece. Their sound, while impressively focused, covers a range of musical staples, with the group letting influences from Mew to Elbow and The National surface throughout. The track is arranged with razor sharp precision, and front-man Timothy Sutcliffe's struggle with personal jealousy is conveyed with perfect question and answer style, in the form of a vocal battle with Hatty Taylor, of Reading’s Vienna Ditto. This is also achieved, to great effect, with the contrasting sounds of the string and rhythm section mirroring the vocals and providing a very welcome dynamic that few modern artists are able to utilise effectively.

B-side "Our Bodies" presents the listener with a Bright Light Bright Light remix of what was originally an album track. It's a euphoric affair, with Timothy's vocals given the chance to shine over an atmospheric re-imagining of strings and drums. It wouldn't sound out of place in a Balearic nightclub, and serves as more proof of the group’s ability to transcend expectations.

Hopscotch Machine Gun Madness is due for release 14 March 2011 via Peartree Records.

Stream the brand new single from A Genuine Freakshow here.

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