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The Demons // Tongue In Chic

by The Gentry

nasty electronic pop
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Demons
4:21 $0.99
2. Tongue In Chic
3:49 $0.99
3. Preview
2:14 $0.99
4. The Demix (by Efficient German Sex )
5:12 $0.99
5. Tongue In Chic (Redlight mix)
2:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Gentry:

Pronunciation: 'jen-trE
Function: noun (verb)
Inflected Form(s): plural gentries
Etymology: Middle English gentrie, alteration of gentrise

1 a: Gino Mari (Vocals/Guitar/Synthisizer) Steve Taylor (Effects/Synthisizer/Guitar) Damaris a Peterson (Guitar/Vocals/Synthisizer) Andrew Carrion (Drums/Synthisizer) and Tom Dorsey (Bass, Synthisizer) Ibook (Clicks/Loops/Synthisizer) Michael Fuller (Lights/stage design)

2 a: The Gentry cut a divergent path across genres and movements. Pieces of glam, punk, electro, soul, new romantic, psychedelia, industrial, shoegaze, hip hop and rock & roll are sewn together with a pop sense of pomp and precision. However, a list of influences falls short of an adequate definition. To see them live is far more telling. With a visceral, high energy stage show, The Gentry have been known to get asses out of seats and convert lurkers and onlookers into dancers.

3 a: The Demons // Tongue In Chic : a single released independanly throught The Gentry Productions in October of 2004 has met with early acceptance building a devoted and diverse fan base. Consisting of two experimental pop tracks from the forthcoming album "And Now..." the single is a manifesto for a dawning generation of modern pop music. Also included are two remixes The Demix (by Efficient German Sex) and Tongue In Chic (redlight).

4 a: We Want More, the band's second independently released single, shows The Gentry building on the promise evidenced by their first single "The Demons // Tongue In Chic." Taking the same sharp pop song writing but expanding it with a more experimental edge, the title track steers a course from the biting edge of Big Black to the aggressive but heady swing of West Coast Hip Hop. The singles B-side, "Preview 2," serves as an artsy - hypnotic commercial for the post ritalin generation of rich kid's experimental. A bonus track "I Have Not Morals," delivers a sarcastic social commentary amidst a galloping serge of electronic disco. In spite, or quite possibly because, of the stylistic diversity of the disc, it manages to form a unified affect. The songs don't merely feel like they have been stamped as the work of a single band. Rather, they are extensions of one another. Much in the same way that a sequel add onto the world created in the original feature.

4 a: History: The Gentry was formed in 1996 by high school associates Gino Mari and John Collins. With a rabid obsession for electronic music, the duo began writing the demos for "And Now...". During this time Robby Russell, Loreena Thompson and Troy Stutzman were brought on to make a live unit. This lineup lasted four months ending with the departure of John Collins in the pursuit of his masters degree. b: Next to enter the picture were Andrew Carrion and David (White Chocolate) Woodall, with Gino fronting the band as a three peice. c: Shortly after beginning to work for a major national musical instrument retailer Gino crossed paths with Steve Taylor and Damaris a Peterson. On the first of January 2004, within the span of two weeks, The Gentry debuted as a five piece. At the same time they began the process of recording what would become The Demons // Tongue In Chic single. d: In August of 2004 )David (White Chocolate) Woodall departed the band. In his place Tj Hamilton took up the role of bass player/punching bag. e: In October of 2004 The Gentry released The Demons // Tongue In Chic single in a limited run of 300. The release of the hand numbered singles coincided with a featured performance at Lola's Room. f: At the end of 2004, TJ Hamilton's departure made way for the entry of Tom Dorsey (ex bass/synth player of California's teen sensation The Breakup) creating the current lineup of the band. g: February 5th 2005 The Gentry released their second single, "We Want More." Once again, with the help of Dean Hunter of Headhunter Productions, the single release coincided with a performance at Lola's Room. h: Currently The Gentry are working on an eight song ep, due in spring 2005.



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8$ is a bit expensive for what is really only 3 songs (+ 2 remixes), but it is worth it for the first 2 songs which are both great and only improve with repeated listens. Like some bizarre lovechild of Pulp and the Cure. Hopefully this band will put out some more recorded music soon and move away from the unfinished sound of 'preview' (the decent, but not great 3rd track). The 4th track is pretty good, a remix of the first song with some kraftwerk samples thrown in. The 5th track is an unmemorable remix.