Interview – Gen Gorman

We recently had a chance to catch up with Toronto, ON based artist, Gen Gorman to chat about their EP, upcoming shows and more. If you’re in Toronto area tonight, be sure to swing by The Burdock and check out their show along with The Fiscals & Rebel 4!

First off, care to introduce yourselves to our readers?

Hello! My name is Gen Gorman.

How did you meet and form the band?

After years of pushing my songs on people, I found some people who’d be down to play em live, and now we’re a real band, like Pinocchio.

You released an EP entitled “Big Serf” in 2014, and are about to release a new EP this coming October, how has your sound changed between these two releases?

With the exception of Slow Train, none of the songs on Big Serf had been played, re-worked, and fine-tuned by a band before. The songs on the new EP have been torn down and rebuilt in the rehearsal space and gigged. I think the songs on the new EP sound bigger and are more melodic.

What can you tell us about your writing style?

A lot of times it’s sitting down with a guitar and the voice note recorder on my phone so I don’t forget the melodies and syllables that I’m freestyling. I think emotion needs to drive the song, but I can get pretty nerdy with trying different songwriting exercises to coax a type of song that might be different than I might normally write. I like to have a pretty good outline of how I want the song to be before I show it to anyone..and then it can be dismantled again if need be.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from?

My life, my relationships with people, sometimes books or movies. Almost every song has biographical elements.

Do you have any upcoming shows that you’d like to tell our readers about?

Friday September 9 at the Burdock! And then we’re taking a break from playing live until our EP is completed- more shows coming later this Fall.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, who is your current favourite Canadian band or artist?

So many to choose from but The Dirty Nil are just killing it.

Here at Canadian Beats we like to include a portion of questions that may help your fans learn something new about you, so here goes:

What was the last concert you attended as a fan?

Chicago’s Meat Wave!  Also, the incomparable force that is SISTA FISTA is playing this Saturday Sept 10 at Cherry Cola’s so I’m looking forward to that.

Think back, what was the first album you ever purchased?

I can’t remember the first one I bought with my own dough, but in grade 3 I went to Sam’s with my dad right before Christmas and got the killer combo of Alanis’ Jagged Little Pill and Ace of Base’s The Sign.

If you were able to put together a line-up, which other bands/ artists would you want to be included?

Smash Mouth, 12 back to back sets.

What is your current go-to song?

Oh man, I don’t even know…I’ve been digging Cosmic Zoo by Meat Wave…and High Flying Bird by Elton John.

If you were asked to describe Gen Gorman in under 20 words, what would those words be?

Lifer.

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?

Thank you for everything!!! Can’t wait to share the new tunes with you!

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