Copenhagen-based duo GENTS are the latest exciting sound to come from the capital’s burgeoning electronica scene. Lifted from their forthcoming LP ‘About Time’ on The Big Oil Recording Company, the second single ‘Brother’ is out now. With Theis Vesterløkke on synths and production and Niels Fejrskov Juhl’s characteristic baritone vocals, GENTS’ sound is founded in a shared passion for 80’s synths and drum machines, alongside obvious nods to distinguished crooner’s Elvis, Scott Walker and Rick Astley. Their sound screams fun, but the duo are keen to emphasise their sincerity in what they do; talking to Soundvenue, Juhl describes their ambition to write songs which move people, but always with “a twinkle in the eye”. Citing artists such as Wham!, Tears for Fears and The War on Drugs as influences, the pair champion musicians who are not afraid to open up their hearts and use music as a direct mode of expression, with no distance or irony.
They continue to describe how despite differing opinions from the band and the producers on how the track should feel, the end result turned out to be “more daring and honest than we had imagined possible”.
Having already featured on Noisey, The 405, Hunger Magazine and C-Heads, the pair have gigs booked in March at The Waiting Room, London, Amsterdam’s s105 De School for Subbacultcha and Berlin’s Loophole for Shameless/Limitless on the 8th, 9th and 11th respectively.
Gents: I Wanna Be Free
GENTS had this to say about the video and track ahead of their London live date this week… “The fragmented collage-style is an interesting visual companion to the song, in which you’re thrown directly into lots of different situations and contexts. There are so many different characters and narratives seen in brief snippets that you can continue to pursue for yourself. That’s one of the best things about both music and film – that you can keep dreaming up the rest of the story, and make it your own.” – “Everybody longs for freedom and I Wanna Be Free is a bit of support – a helping hand for those still searching.”
Gents: I Wanna Be Free Lyrics: