Though five-piece experimental rock group Genetics calls Denver, Colorado home these days, the band's roots harken back to Grand Rapids Michigan. There, then-15-year-olds Nathaniel Snow (drums), Jeff Ervine (guitar), and Joel Searls (bass) first began their journey of musical experimentation together. Though they found inspiration in influences like Primus, Rush, Yes, and Frank Zappa, the trio was also firmly immersed in the modern jam band scene, sparking their move to Colorado's Front Range.Colorado proved to be a receptive audience for the group's unique brand of progressive rock. Genetics has spent the past couple years playing shows all over the Front Range (as well as maintaining a presence in Michigan), including opening for the likes of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic and Fareed Haque of Garaj Mahal. In 2015, the band released their first full-length album, "Dr Spookymuffin," which showcases the group's affinity for intricate, linear songwriting and orchestral progressions. In addition to debuting their first album, last year Genetics added two new members to the lineup: Stanton Sutton (formerly of Mountain Standard Time) on guitar and lead vocals and Phil Johnson (formerly of Jet Edison) on the keyboards. As a result, the band's already- eclectic sound continues to diversify and evolve with the addition of vocals and guitar harmonies (#guitarmony) as well as searing synth solos to the improvisational mix. The five-piece skillfully melds progressive rock, funk, psychedelic, and metal for a hard- hitting sound that's hard to describe but always surprising, captivating, and even thought-provoking. Audiences continue to be won over by Genetics' high-energy compositions and impactful stage presence. In fact, 2016 promises to be the band's best year yet: As the group nears completion on their very own studio, they'll be poised to record and release a slew of brand new albums. Keep your eye out for this u
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