The Genre Benders

The Genre Benders

 Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
BandAlternativePop

"The King of Quirk" High-energy, rockin' entertainment that takes listeners on a journey through life. Made by experienced artists, this music retains its exuberance but carries the weight and passion of life lived hard.

Biography

"Because life is not a genre."

The Genre Benders are a collective of musicians, songwriters and artists in Brisbane, Australia. All experienced, they come together to take fans on a journey through the many-splendid aspects of life. Fronted by Huge (the king of quirk), the live show can be a solo acoustic act, a computer-backed full-sound show or completely live with 5 on-stage musicians and visual display.

" ... such an amazing performer he can even get stones to dance." - Pennsylvania Musician Magazine

Their music is influenced by everything they ever heard - there's bits of pop, rock, reggae, country, a Capella and urban influences. The elements come together in a live show that is simply riveting and a collection of songs that reflects life's ups and downs.

Regardless of the format, The Genre Benders provide humor, soul, passion and plenty of raw energy. Every show maintains a vibe that leaves listeners feeling fulfilled and wanting to experience it again.

Lyrics

12 Good Bars and True

Written By: Hugh Brown

Oh, please Lord, hear my confession.
My heart is on parole.
I been stuck for days where the Devil plays,
And the music ain't got no soul.
Well I bled to earn, so I could return,
Back to the sound so blue,
Now my soul's on trial before 12 good bars and true.

Now I'm just a poor minstrel.
I got to make ends meet.
But they put me down some hole in the ground,
With an unrelenting beat.
Well the ladies looked fine.
Drank fancy moonshine.
I played the best I could do.
But I couldn’t wait to get back again to those 12 good bars and true.

Well my friend got fancy axes.
They make some pretty tones.
They got horns and strings, mighty strange things make your blood chill to your bones.
Well he takes out his toys when we play with the boys,
But I say "Oh, no, here's what you do.
"Just give me three trusty chords, man. Play those 12 good bars and true."

Dancing with the Stones

Written By: Mark Gillett

The Sun sets on stone faces, looking out on the sea.
Torches flare in the night air and we start our ceremony.
We're gonna talk soul, pass the bowl and raise the energy.
The Gods will talk and statues walk when we set the magic free

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

Stand 'round the sacred ground beneath the midsummer moon.
An old, grand master man throws the forbidden rune.
Lost art, a crystal heart is beating to an ancient tune.
You'd better jive when it comes alive, ain't nobody immune

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

The whip lands on the slave bands straining at the yoke.
Stone blocks as big as trucks move with every stroke.
Worker's bones, the grave stones of a culture built on pain.
A cruel land, desert sand, covers fields of grain.

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.
Dancing with the stones.

(Breakdown)

Thirty years beneath the lash. Raise the granite high.
Come and make a place for us that's fit for us to lie.
Wrapped in clinging linen, dressed in precious oil.
Come and take your just reward for centuries of toil.

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.

The world turns, people turn and they face a brave new world.
There's a wild unborn child beneath the belly curled.
In her trance, gaints dance. They dance the steps of dread.
That's a dance that's gonna grind your bones to make their bread.

How are you going?
Dancing with the stones.
Said you're dancing with the stones.

Cry to Heaven

Written By: Adam Rogers

Looking back over wasted time I'm wondering where I went wrong.
I'm thinking maybe it was all in my mind - an illusion all along.
Picking up the pieces of broken dreams lying scattered on the floor.
Is anything really as it seems? I don't know what to believe anymore.

And though I don't really have a religion,
I've never really had much faith at all,
Tonight I feel I could cry to heaven.
Yeah tonight I feel I could cry to heaven.

I seem to spend my whole life on the run trying to hide from the pain.
But a broken heart is like a setting sun; you know it always rises again.
They say a fortress built on bitterness is no more than an empty shell.
But if it hides my loneliness, maybe that's just as well.

I'm not really sure if it was my decision
Or if I even had much choice at all.
But tonight I feel I could cry to heaven.
Yeah tonight I feel I could cry.

Looking back over wasted time, how could I have got it so wrong?
I should have known from the start it was all in my mind; an illusion all along.

You know I don't really have a religion,
I've never really had much faith at all,
But tonight I feel I could cry to heaven.
Yeah tonight I feel I could cry to heaven.
Tonight I feel I could cry ...

Heart's With You

Written By: Hugh Brown

I left my knees in Poca Poca
I left my hands in Talbaro
I lost my mind in a bar somewhere
But my heart's with you wherever you may go.

Well the Poca Poca mountains tower above you.
They raise their pointy peaks toward the sky.
But there ain't much up on top
'Cept my kinfolk and my crop.
Climbing up them mountains damn near made me cry.

Chorus

Now in Talbaro the field is kinda rocky
The diggin' and the plowin' kinda hurt
It was just me and my Pa
But we didn't get too far
'Cause there's nothin' grows in that there kind of dirt

Chorus

In a bar somewhere I first laid eyes upon you
Your manner and your service were so kind
Well my belly had a hole
And you satisfied my soul
Then you took me out the back and blew my mind.

Chorus x 2

Raindrops

Written By: Hugh Brown

Today I watched a raindrop die
I stood alone and wondered why
In truth I have no alibi
Except to blame the weather.

A million raindrops died today
I fell beside them all the way
But why they died I cannot say
We didn't die together.

There came a rainbow in the dawn
It said the raindrops were reborn
And for the rain I should not mourn
Between the showers.

I'd like to know what makes them fall
What makes the raindrops die at all?
That by their deaths I may stand tall
Among the flowers.

Lullabye

Written By: Hugh Brown

You rest my heart, clear my mind.
Worlds of wonder, yours to find
Tell me where your dreams may be
So many futures I can see

And when I think of you asleep
My troubles simply cease
You are a debt I can't repay
Tiny person at peace

Softly, slowly dream away
Find your destiny some day
May all your dreams come true
That would mean so much to you

And when I think of you asleep
My troubles simply cease
You are a debt I can't repay
Tiny person at peace

And when I think of you asleep
My troubles simply cease
You are a debt I can't repay
Tiny person at peace

She Don't Want Your Love

Written By: Hugh David Brown

She don’t want your love

It’s morning. She’s yawning. The night was your best friend
Come noon, way too soon, you’ll go your separate ways.
Hold tight in the early light. She’s there when you need her
But come tomorrow she’s just a memory

Daddy’s girl grew up too fast.
Never learned that love was meant to last.
She’ll just keep searching for a while.
She’s got no cause. She won’t be yours,
But she got something about her.
She’ll hold your body tight but she don’t want your love.

She’s lovely, above me. Those eyes could light the sky.
But her star has a scar that don’t see light of day.
It’s real what I feel when she blesses my lonely soul.
But come tomorrow she’s gone like a dream

Daddy’s girl grew up too fast. Never wants to talk about her past.
She’ll just keep hurting for a while.
She’s got no cause. She won’t be yours but Lord there’s something about her.
She’ll hold your heart so tight but she don’t want your love.

It’s evening. She’s leaving. Gonna dance the night away.
But her eyes reveal the lies she don't have to say.
She’s clutching, barely touching. I feel how she’s aching.
I know tomorrow she’ll be numb and alone.

Daddy’s girl grew up too fast. Never learned that love was meant to last
She’ll just keep dreaming for a while.
She’s got no cause. She won’t be yours but living ain’t right without her.
She'll hold your soul so tight but she don’t want your love.
She'll hold your heart so tight but she don’t want your love.
She'll hold your body tight but she don’t want your love.

Discography

Tracklist from "I am leaving! I am leaving" (2007):

1. Long for the day
2. Dancing with the Stones
3. Mighty Fine Day
4. Astral Traveler
5. Raindrops
6. Lullabye
7. Cry to Heaven
8. 12 Good Bars and True
9. Dirty
10. So Far Away
11. Heart's With You

All tracks have received some airplay in Australia via Ison Live Radio. "Dancing with the Stones" played on "Gone Fishing for Blue Skies" on Shonan Beach FM, Japan. "Dirty" and "Mighty Fine Day" played on Dr Lou's Radio Show, WNJC 1360AM, Philadelphia.

All tracks are available for streaming from www.genrebenders.com.

Set List

Full band show (45-60 min). Can be performed as computer-backed solo or any combination of on-stage musos:

1. There's only One Way to Rock (with genre variations) - seque to
2. Dancing with the Stones
3. Mighty Fine Day
4. So far Away
5. When It's Over
6. Simplicity
7. Raindrops
8. Astral Traveler (extend)
9. Vital Signs
10. Dirty
11. Heart's With You

Solo Acoustic show with Huge (also 45-60min):

1. Dancing with the Stones (extend)
2. Mighty Fine Day
3. So far Away
4. When It's Over (crowd involvement)
6. Simplicity
7. Raindrops
8. Lullabye
9. Vital Signs
10. Astral Traveler
11. The Liar
12. Heart's With You