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May
06
Geno K @ Valentine's

Albany, New York, USA

Albany, New York, USA

Mar
23
Geno K @ Skyline Bar & Restaurant

Albany, New York, USA

Albany, New York, USA

Oct
13
Geno K @ University of Albany

Albany, New York, USA

Albany, New York, USA

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Geno K is a guitarist, bass and keyboard player and he presents a self financed work. The sound is closer to Radiohead and Nirvana ( especially the vocals) with a good production for an independent release. The similarities with Curt Kobain are many but Geno's music sure has a place in Alternative rock stations, it has feeling and strength. Mid tempo tunes and sentimental melodies are mixed with Nirvana - like guitar outbreaks. - Skylight, Greece


Geno K: The human Geno Project (Unsigned) (Translated from German)
One can hardly believe when hearing this plate that it concerns with Geno K a One one Project. Guitar, bass and Synths are played completely by Geno K aka Eugene Kim, a musician that some years in the New Yorker music scene active are already. Its new album The human Geno Project offers solid, modern Rocksongs somewhere between U2, to the Foo Fighters, Beck and the Hives. Songs such as Where You Belong , passport on ME and soft ball prove which one of Geno K in the future will possibly still hear. [ 8/10 ] [ Website ] - Alooga


I listened to the whole disk - I enjoyed listening to the male and female vocal trade-offs. The production qualities of the record are good- at times very ethereal, other times rocking hard in your face. I hear Nirvana influence - in the male vocal delivery, in the strong melody delivered in a raw way. "Pass on Me" really stood out because I found it instantly accessible, hooked me right in, had those "radio friendly" qualities, and just overall is a well crafted pop song. "Exhale" and "Reborn" also stood out as other strong tracks - Crumbs Radio (crumbs.net)


There is a guy who has rock and roll in his heart. His name is Eugene Kim, but we can call him Geno K...
It would be tricky if his CD kind of blowed, but it doesn't. Quite the opposite. We got an advance copy a month ago and it still remains in our 6 CD changer to this day. It might take a bit, but the tripped out hard rocking Leonard Cohen stylings of "The Human Geno Project" will win the day in the end. We take comfort in that and the fact that the Geno K Experience can pull it off live as well. - Willem Hartong, Singer/Songwriter - Breaking Laces (breakinglaces.com)


I thought (The HGP) cd was great!
To be honest it's not the type of
music that I usually listen to (and if
I told you what I do listen to,
you'd probably scream) and so I
was really surprised to find myself
jamming along, for lack of a better
term. I think you've got something
going especially if you can get me to enjoy. - The Citizen (Major Newspaper), Auburn, NY


1. Addiction - ARTHURKILL
2. Up At The Crack - BONED
3. Cowboy Prostitutes -COWBOY PROSTITUTES
4. No Such Soul - SUBSONIC
5. Ghost Town Carnival - HYBRID CHILDREN
6. 21st Century Pirates - PRIVATE LINE
7. Devour - SEVEN13
8. The Label Compilation - FUNK WELTEN
9. The Human Geno Project - GENO K
10. Soul Mover - GLEN HUGHES
- Skylight - Greece


The melodies of The Geno K Experience are coming to your home as part of their national tour, stopping at eaTV for a live performance on Wednesday, April 20 at 8P eastern.

Geno K, aka, Eugene Kim, merges his soulful singing with Alycia Ercums melodic vocals throughout the album, forming a smooth blend. Although the band is named after Geno, the other members also make their names known.

Geno has developed skills on the guitar, but is known for his abilities on bass in his previous band, Shaker, Stalone & the Sleavze. Geno has been in the New York music scene for five years, and for the last two, has been working on his solo project with a few friends.

A classic pianist, singing and playing venues since 15 years old, Alycia is a strong presence on stage. She has also earned numerous awards for her songwriting.

Providing the essential beats and percussion, is Max Figarski. As a part-time teacher, Max never fails to show his expertise on the drums. Together, the band emits an alternative sound with an underlying influence of Nirvana.

Their recently released CD, The Human Geno Project, ranges from the sentimental to alternative rock. Coming out of the New York music scene is The Geno K Experience, looking to break the barriers of mainstream music.

- Zack Hochmuth for Evolving Artist Entertainment News


GENO K: The Human Geno Project of ks (Blue Light record) Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Nirvana adopted a child, and Tom WAITS babysittet. So similarly the press briefcase describes Geno K and does to it thereby no favour. Elements of these groups are present, but the music of Geno K is nevertheless somewhat completely own. Behind Geno K the New Yorker guitarist bassist, Keyboarder and programmer Eugene Kim, which brought a project together with musician friends into being, hides itself what the music world to change wants (and according to my opinion also must): Wonderful melodies, suffering voices (, it is correct, to Geno K. sounds like Kurt Cobain), melancholische texts. That is written so simply... melancholische texts (each Boyband "I at down the on is nowadays somehow melancholisch and written my knees, begging you, please..."). But the Lyrics of Geno K is it really - poetically and nevertheless clearly, without Schnoerkel and nevertheless touching. The whole album succeeded throughout, the change of male and female singers brings an additive, which lets the album appear closed in itself variedly and nevertheless. A special song to emphasize or one allude-type to give would be opposite unfair the album, because it must be heard as complete work. - Crossover - Network for Youth Culture (German translation)


Geno K
The Human Geno Project
Sometime between MTV's conception and decision to play no more than thirty seconds of any given song, the nation recognized New York as a homestead for musical diversity. Mainstream acts are balanced by uncommon musical fare like The Walkmen, Coheed & Cambria, Northern State, and now Eugene Kim's solo [despite appearances from a wealth of Kim's friends] project Geno K.

The Human Geno Project draws its concept, not surprisingly, from the human experience. Geno K's website claims the project "is a multi-disciplinary approach to achieving an understanding of the human makeup, wrapped in 2-4 minute pop packages." A bevy of guests are featured on the album, as four other vocalists, an emcee, another guitarist, and a keyboardist join Kim's voice and guitar. Of the ten tracks, Kim performs solo on only three: "The Taste," "Oblivious," and "Heart Shaped Letter." The rotating cast contributes to the feeling that the album reinvents itself every three or so minutes. Geno K manages to make such reinvention seem both natural and enjoyable, such that the album's schizophrenic nature manages to be a benefit to listeners, not a detriment.

Unfortunately, Kim's voice is not his greatest strength. He can certainly carry a tune, but he voice has a dry character that distracts from the rest of the compositional elements of the Human Geno Project. The production is outstanding whether or not one takes into account that the album is an independent release. Steve Candelin's drumming is enjoyably spartan, refusing to overtake the lyrics of any song. And the lyrics resonate with listeners from all walks of life, as Kim spills his blues, channels the entire grunge movement, and even pulls off an admirable pop star. In "Heart Shaped Letter" Kim presents a stark but appealing vision of hope, singing "it's time to rise from the dead and clear the open path to what's ahead." Throughout the album listeners identify with Kim's statements that life doesn't mean much without some hardship. "Give blood, take love" Kim whispers at one point, summing up one of many of the themes tackled in his lyrics in a brief but loaded phrase.

The star of the album is really Geno K's guitar work. Though John Adair takes over leader guitar duties on a trio of songs [and even steals the show for a moment or two], Kim keeps the disk chug chug chugging along. The bulk of the rhythm on the album is tackled via Kim's diligent plucking, such that at times he masks Candelin's snare. At the same time, the odd shake of a tambourine or a couple of bars on the harmonica stand out as unusual delights. On "Last Call" the harmonica blends almost seamlessly into both Kim's voice and the guitar driven beat, unifying and strengthening the two. But that's just one example of the genius of Kim's composition. In every song the instruments and voices build on each other to create a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. If that's not a metaphor for life, it's certainly a metaphor for a damn fine album.

Release date: January 2005
Label: Geno K Records
Rating: 7.0 / 10
- Darrell Ford


The GKE or The Geno K Experience, is a solid, balanced act with a repertoire of short, melodic rock songs that are a blend of pleasantly scratchy vocals, imaginative lyrics and catchy music. The four-member band is led by Geno K (Eugene Kim) and includes the talented Alycia Ercums (keyboards), Max Figarsky (drums) and Jordan True (bass).


Their full-length album, The Human Geno Project, was released in early 2005. A sampling of tracks reveals that they successfully provide creative lyrics to tuneful music. Geno K writes songs about disillusionment, frustration, and loneliness, yet maintains a feeling of hope with a persuasive sense of the personal. Their song lyrics ask for love and renewal. “Steal my soul and come and save me…come and heal me…love isn’t free.” There’s a pervasive sense of conscious melancholy, but Geno K has enough literary talent to avoid being self-pitying or excessively repetitive.

Overall, Geno K is a likable and enjoyable band, catchy and melodic, making up with consistency. Their distinguishing characteristics are Geno K’s creative lyrics and distinctive voice, which adds a certain texture to their songs that saves them from blandness. Geno K’s goal for the band is that they “…break the barriers of our bland, ever deteriorating pop music landscape.” While they haven’t quite broken barriers, The Geno K Experience does manage to provide pop rock with more substance than the norm.

- Laura Feng


Discography

The Human Geno Project - Geno K ('05)
Radio Airplay - Pass on Me (single)
on Collge Radio in Northeast, Commercial Radio
Specialty shows, and Multiple Online Radio stations.
Radio DJ's & PD's have also picked up Reborn, Exhale & Last Call.
Blue Light Records Compilation Vol. 1 ('01)
Shaker - What You're Missing ('98)
The Sleavze - Casino Filipino ('96)
The Sleavze - American Girls Club ('95)
The Sleavze - Sleaveless in Seattle ('94)

Even though the official Release of "The Human Geno Project" was in early '05, Advance local media/press copies distributed in Nov/Dec '04
landed the HGP in Best-of 2004 lists in The Times Union, Albany (Greg Haymes), & Rkstar.com, as well as a featured artist on Artsreportcard.com & evolvingartist.com.

(3/22/05)
The GKE were selected to participate in the OriginalSessions & Jagermusic NYC/NJ Buzz Band Search w/ sponsors Jagermeister, Disc Makers, FMFB Magazine, Peavey, Sonicbids and others TBA.

(4/26/05)
The GKE were just selected to perform at Harborfest, in Oswego in late July. Harborfest is a 4 day music festival in Central NY that draws over 300,000+ and The Geno K Experience were selected to play on Saturday, the most popular & attended day in a prime 3:30pm slot for a 90 minute set.

(5/26/05)
Congratulations! You were voted among the top 15 artists and will be included on the Musselman Triathlon Festival's Compilation CD! This CD will be distributed to 1,000 athletes and race volunteers at the festival, held in Geneva, NY July 16-17, 2005. This Compilation is sponsored by Sonicbids and professionally mastered, designed & replicated by them. Submissions were submitted from around the country and final voting landed "Pass on me" in the Top 10 out of 25 artists originally selected by Sonicbids.

(6/8/05)
IRL Music Group will officially represent/shop Geno's Release, "The Human Geno Project" for international licensing deals specifically at the Pop Komm Germany Music Conference in September.
Geno is a "featured" front cover artist on their cataolgue & "Pass on me" is the selected track for their compilation CD.

(9/25/05)
"Pass on Me" was selected as one of ten finalists for Indie Tunes - Rock Radio Promotion Category.

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"A bevy of guests are featured on the album... the rotating cast contributes to the feeling that the album reinvents itself every three or so minutes. Geno K manages to make such reinvention seem both natural and enjoyable, such that the album's schizophrenic nature manages to be a benefit to listeners, not a detriment... The production is outstanding whether or not one takes into account that the album is an independent release. The lyrics resonate with listeners from all walks of life, as Kim spills his blues, channels the entire grunge movement, and even pulls off an admirable pop star... The star of the album is really Geno K's guitar work... Kim keeps the disk chug chug chugging along... On "Last Call" the harmonica blends almost seamlessly into both Kim's voice and the guitar driven beat, unifying and strengthening the two. But that's just one example of the genius of Kim's composition. In every song the instruments and voices build on each other to create a whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. If that's not a metaphor for life, it's certainly a metaphor for a damn fine album." - RockmusicReview.com

"The groove on Exhale was pretty delicious" - Unsigned Music Magazine - '05 Year End review issue

"The human Geno Project offers solid, modern Rocksongs somewhere between U2, to the Foo Fighters, Beck and the Hives. Songs such as Where You Belong , Pass on ME and soft ball prove which one of Geno K in the future will possibly still hear"
- Alooga, Germany (translated from German)

"The sound is closer to Radiohead and Nirvana (especially the vocals) with a good production for an independent release. The similarities with Kurt Cobain are many but Geno's music sure has a place in Alternative rock stations, it has feeling and strength"

-Skylight Magazine, Greece

"Wonderful melody, suffering voices (yes, it agrees, Geno K. sounds like Kurt Cobain), melancholy texts. That writes itself so simply... melancholy texts.. It are but the Lyrics of Geno K actual - poetic and yet clear, without Schnörkel and yet touching. The entire album is arrive throughout, the change of masculine and feminine singers brings an addition that lets closed appear the album change rich and nevertheless in itself.
It must be heard as complete work."

-Crossover - Network for Youth Culture, Germany

Geno K's debut solo album, The Human Geno Project, takes multiple listens to fully grasp, but the impact of the live show is immediate. This is The Geno K Experience (The GKE), formed in early '05 in the upstate Capital of NY, Albany. Unlike the album, which is a 2 year long solo project, from the band's leader/frontman/founder, Eugene Kim, The GKE expands songs into sonic realms as diverse as it's 4 members. Alycia Ercums, a classically trained pianist, shares many vocal duties with Geno as well as expanding the sound with her richness and depth of melodic piano knowledge. Max Figarsky, is a percussionist, who excels in everything from Jazz to Samba, yet has a knack for stabilizing the rock 'n' roll vibe. Jordan True, rounds out the mix with his 5 string, bass-playing punk/emo background. Geno writes songs mixing sensibilities of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, & Bob Dylan, with creative melodic structuring of Thom Yorke & Curt Kobain, honed from his ten year stint with the NYC based band, Shaker (aka The Sleavze). While sealing the full-time lineup only in mid '05, this band has just begun to tap the magical musical waters.

Currently, in addtion to touring the Northeast we are in the midst of recording the follow-up to "The Human Geno Project" with the complete band.