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Airplay from Radio 1 throughout the summer of 2004.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Genaro are the first signing to Benbecula's publishing arm, Benbecula Music, set up primarily to seek out new openings for the label's existing repertoire as well as promote unsigned artists for possible releases elsewhere.

Genaro's immediate appeal was the strength of the songs and being able to provide a coherent and solid performance. Their unique appeal lies in the emotive ability to mix pathos, humour, love and politics with melodies that seize even the most casual listener.

Genaro's beginnings were in the late 90s when friends Craig Snape (vocals, guitar) and Derek Bates (bass) began writing songs together and formed a band that would play various venues in Glasgow such as King Tuts, The Garage and The Cathouse. This band split in 2000 and as a result the duo teamed up with two other local musicians and friends, Dom Dixon (lead) and Daryl Kellie (synth, vocals), and Genaro was born. The new band's first recorded offerings on 8 tracks were quickly noticed by the T-Break where they played in the heats in 2001.

It was after this event that the group, although remaining great friends, went off to record solo projects, now and again teaming up for duo song writing sessions. Much of this solo work was recorded and it was during the summer of 2003 that some of these demos were sent to Benbecula Records.

Although not historically a "guitar" or "indie" music label, the latent talent in those early demos was immediately recognised as being something that the House of Benbecula could do something with, if at least to promote the skills of the artists involved to something beyond their bedroom studios.

Over the next few months and after various meetings with the band members it became obvious that the original 4 piece unit was the one that could release the greatest musical power. The sum was indeed greater than the parts. The band quickly got back into the rehearsal studio during the spring of 2004. It was immediately obvious that the chemistry was still there, possibly more than had even been before. Although they have 3 or 4 years of recording experience behind them, the band members are still only aged 20/21. Recent gigs in Glasgow and Edinburgh have proved that they have a mature and professional approach to playing live.

Airplay from BBC Scotland and Radio 1's Breezeblock show.