Here are some things I found out about Team Genius at their recent Glasslands show. First, they really are a “team” – a seven-person, co-ed band with players handling a variety of instruments. Second, they love party gags – from the Reagan masks available for sale at the merch table to the kazoos, confetti and other party staples in heavy use in the crowd. Third, their crowd comes to party – you can’t miss the good-natured heckling on this record. And finally, despite the evident sense of humor they have about the whole thing, they write some pretty damn good pop songs.
This show featured several bands from the Paper Garden Records family, and it’s a label/publicity firm that always keeps you guessing. Rather than laser in on a particular genre, sound, or aesthetic, Paper Garden is willing to take risks with a wide spectrum of bands. One thing their bands do have in common, though, is musical chops and pop sensibility, and Team Genius is no exception. Their almost relentlessly upbeat sound and sense of humor belies some serious musicianship that is in evidence throughout this set, which began strong with “Chase You Down” and closed equally strongly with the band’s cover of Van Morrison’s “Gloria”. Team Genius currently have a few releases to their name, but now that they have joined the Paper Garden fold, expect a new full-length soon.
hi and lo and I recorded this set with Schoeps MK5 cardiod mics in our usual spot in the venue, plus a soundboard feed from Jeremy of Glasslands. Other than a few instances of static from the band’s equipment, the sound quality is excellent, and the good natured heckling only adds to the experience. Enjoy!
Stream “Chase You Down”
Stream “Gloria [Van Morrison]”
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Schoeps MK5c [DFC, DIN]>KC5>PFA + Soundboard >> Edirol R-44 [Oade Concert Mod]>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Audacity (mixdown, set fades, tracking, amplify and balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )
01 Chase You Down
02 Dying Cow Sounds
03 Ronald Reagan’s Cousin
04 Who Farted
06 Jesus Mary and Broseph
07 All Ours
10 Gloria [Van Morrison]