01. New Amusements
On Gene's second disc, Drawn To
The Deep End, they simultaneously break some of the comparisons to their British
forefathers, The Smiths, while reinforcing others.
From a musical standpoint, Deep End witnesses the band exploring areas which
were off-limits on their previous release. "We Could Be Kings" opens
with a U2-like guitar and returns to a traditional rock
melody which could come from any of a number of talented groups - neither including
or excluding the Smiths. "Fighting Fit" showcase the melodic side
of Gene in a song about the sexual fit tearing Rossiter apart. "Voice
Of The Father" rocks with the fury of a garage pop band, breaking down
in the middle for a brief interlude before jolting the listener again with
its bravado. Jack Hues helps out with some string and brass arrangements on
the album, and the Hammond organ and mellotron are included on several tracks.
The remainder of Drawn To The Deep End revolves around love,
questioning the future and insecurity. Similarities to Marr and Morrissey
notwithstanding, Gene have taken the first steps to firmly establishing their
own independent identity.
Influences / Similar Artists:
The Smiths, Morrissey, Pulp, Echobelly, Doves