words - Young Genius This
basically sums up the sound, the concept, the lifeblood
and direction of this fresh new ultra hip youthful trans
continental pop act. A chance meeting of successful Swedish
producer/keyboardist Harald Erici and Australian guitarist/singer
songwriter Jamie Durrant has recently grown into a great
friendship and song writing collaboration/recording project.
Now in its halfway stage, Young Genius the band, the sound,
and now the album is returning colourful intelligent pop
back to the hearts and minds of the world.
you remember powerful intelligent pop? Are you following this direction? Think Bowie, think U2, think
eerie synth floating around your head, twisted drunken guitars,
Idol power punch drums and vocal a la Keith Forsey; all shimmering
in a new world; one that is painted with a blood red sky. This
is genius at work. We cannot forget how great music changes our
daily lives, how remembering a great song can gift us of a happy
past or hope for a new day. This is the kind of music and emotion
that Young Genius are creating now.
Erici is one that the girls seem to flock around. Let's paint
a picture of him. A tall handsome music maniac who loves
a good cigar and a dark brooding C# key played hard; (you
know the ones that only sound good played on those late
70's chunky organs). Harald is a true musician, a true writer,
and one with a gift. A family background of cattle & sheep
farming upon the lowlands of Sweden offered Harald a spiritual
gift, at touch with the land, local traditions and musical
heart. It's amazing how Harald has such a strong pop sensibility,
as he is equally at home composing orchestral pieces with
massive instrumentation and high contrasting mood. This
talent cannot be denied, music is an existence, a love and
opportunity to this guy. Abba, Cardigans, Atomic Swing all
have something in common here, no doubt it is Harald's Genius
production input after working within the studio culture
and musical breeding ground of Stockholm.
world away, record producer/guitarist Jamie
Durrant kick backs in a local restaurant
in his home town of Benalla (Australia); sharing a bottle
of Pizzini wines Sangiovesie with Ella & Jess Hooper of
multi platinum 'Killing Heidi' fame. Jamie Durrant is a
well-known hard working Australian musician. He has 'done
his time'. Having released several independent hits with
his former long time band Degenerates/Penny Safari, Durrant
also lives and breaths music. It has recently been said
that the new musical partnership between Durrant & Erici
is a gift or a happening that creates magic. You will hear
this magic in the music. Durrant, who first discovered and
released Killing Heidi (among other chart topping bands)
on his underground label Bent Records is amazed to hear
the news of restaurant owner Tina Erici Williams bragging
about the musical skills of her brother. Flying into the
country to perform for a host of summer events the meeting
between Erici & Durrant would mark a New World for the two.
weeks (and a few more reds) later Harald and Jamie jumped into
the local Bent Records vintage Neve studio to put together 'Song
#1' in under half an hour. This led to a weeklong recording session
and a final agreement to commit to producing a complete album
within the space of two months. Making a huge mark and 'waking'
the small country town of Benalla, the final mix of 'Song #1"
exploded upon several hundred Benalla locals. Cafes, clubs, pubs
and bars are currently all playing Young Genius; and national
radio, Internet and community music networks have grasped onto
the band's first creation; a release that has been 'out there'
via mp3 e-mailings and sales via Durrant's CD burner.
it, its hip, its Young Genius:
& Music © 2001 Erici/Durrant