Witnessing Carla Geneve in performance is akin to a sermon of fire and brimstone: it is an absolute sensory commandment of flesh and blood attention. The naked vulnerability underpinning the immediacy of her songs is emboldened by the raw and unbridled energy of her live shows that have captured the imagination of audiences across Australia. “Music is a very pure form of connection between people,” Geneve muses. “The best feeling is when I’m playing and the energy bypasses my brain… it’s like you’re just being, and the audience is right there with you.”
Hailing from the small coastal town of Albany, some 400 kilometres south of Western Australia’ s capital city of Perth, Geneve cut her teeth playing solo shows in and around regional centres as a 16-year-old. These formative experiences proved invaluable, and after relocating to Perth, by the end of 2017 Carla had been nominated for multiple Western Australian Music Awards, including Most Popular New Act, and Best Regional Act (which she won). Her first official single, ‘Greg’s Discount Chemist’ (March 2018), bristled with an open-hearted clarity and ragged playfulness that immediately resonated with audiences. Garnering over 400,000 streams on Spotify, the single’s success led to Australia’s leading national radio station Triple J crowning Geneve as their Unearthed Feature Artist of the Week. She subsequently embarked on her first national tour, playing to packed houses in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.
After earning rave reviews for an electrifying showcase at the annual BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane, key support slots followed for the likes of Gareth Liddiard (The Drones/Tropical Fuck Storm), Cat Power & Kurt Vile as well as performances at festivals such as Falls Festival & Laneway Festival. Geneve then announced her signing to Remote Control/Dot Dash Recordings in February 2019, subsequently releasing a new single, ‘2001’. This was placed into high rotation on Triple J and also featured on Matt Wilkinson’s Beat 1 show on Apple Radio. A rapturously received national tour followed, resulting in ‘2001’ claiming the #1 spot on the AMRAP Australian Community Radio Charts.
Upon returning to Perth, Carla put the finishing touches on her first, eponymous EP at RADA Studios. Borne of smouldering passion and framed by lacerations of heartbreak, the self-titled EP places her direct and compelling lyricism front and centre without sacrificing the dynamism so central to her live performances. “I wanted the EP to reflect live shows over the past year or so that we’ve been playing. I’d say live performance is where I am most comfortable. I’ve always liked the vulnerability in imperfection. Hopefully, that comes out in these songs.”
The arresting new single ‘Yesterday’s Clothes’ reflects a “realisation that you’re falling out of love with someone, and then feeling guilty about it, even though that’s the sort of thing that you can’t avoid”. The single will be released on May 9 prior to the release of the self titled EP on Friday June 7 via Remote Control Records/Dot Dash Recordings. Geneve will then embark on her first North American tour in support of San Cisco, playing shows in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York City .