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Genaro are a four piece band playing indie guitar music with a touch of modern electronica.

Their unique style lies in the emotive ability to mix pathos, humour, love and politics with melodies that seize even the most casual listener. Their song-writing style has been likened to Coldplay mixed with technical attitude Spacemen 3.

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, who instead of making a record, decided to manage them.

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 in their early 20s. Recent gigs have proved that they have a mature and professional approach to playing live.

As a result they were invited to play In The City 2004 in Manchester in September 2004, and kicked off the Benbecula Records Showcase at The Arches in October, headlined by Robin Guthrie. Since then have continued to perform around Scotland.

Genaro have been favourites with Radio 1 with airplay from the Breezeblock show, Rob da Bank and the Air Show.