Their songs capture quirky, catchy pop akin to Pulp in their pomp and grandeur – and even geeky charm. This ability to combine the poppier elements of indie rock whilst maintaining an intricate, delicate soul is what they do best. With a line-up that adds violin, cello and trumpet to the standard rock four-piece of guitar, bass, drums and vocals, their live shows are a master class in how to do epic without slipping into pompous.There’s no real way to tell when A Genuine Freakshow came into existence, as the group are fairly unsure themselves. It has been agreed, for the time being, that the official Reading based seven-piece line up was born in 2008. After finding their equilibrium with a handful of self-released singles, the group settled into a touring schedule from 2009 onwards, playing over 150 headline and festival shows since the release of debut album Oftentimes in late 2010. April 2012 saw the band take a step away from the road and head to the studio with long-term collaborator and producer Jordan Fish to record a handful of new songs the band had written and been performing live over the summer of 2011 onwards. Originally planned as part of a new album, these 4 songs became a complete story of their own, so the band decided to release their first new music since 2010 with 4-track EP Where The River Bends on 3rd December 2012.
“A thrilling Reading-based seven-piece… String section, sheets of Pink Floyd and Sigur Ros fed through the Radiohead filter” Mark Ellen, The Word
“A seven-piece experimental post-everything pop bonanza, and as you’ll hear, A Genuine Freakshow are even better than that. What an absolutely marvellous band” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
“There are elements of the baroque, halting fragments of folk, exultant flourishes of pop – properly rationed, of course - and just a hint of rock onslaught to make an emotional point.” Manchester Evening News
“Combining the grandeur of post-rock with lush orchestration, pop sensibility and a rare vocal sincerity, A Genuine Freakshow is an exciting band… Traces of Arcade Fire, Elbow and Radiohead are evident, however, there is far more under the surface.” The ListA Genuine Freakshow are: Jack Bryant (Drums), Simon Evans (Guitar), Marianne Casey Canning (Violin), Timothy Sutcliffe (Vocals, Guitar), John Dunstan (Trumpet), John Szmidt (Bass), Melanie Dickson (Cello)