Formed over a combined love of the early UK math rock scene and garage rock in America, Brighton based trio Gender Roles have been making waves in the DIY/Punk scene for the last year.
After vocalist/guitarist Tom Bennett moved back to his hometown of Northampton, out of boredom he experimented with warped guitar segments and recorded them into rough demos, laying the basis for songs that were shaped into four tracks found on their debut EP ‘Planet X-Ray’.
In 2017, Gender Roles embarked on playing relentless shows in the UK and across the pond in the US in support of the release: dishing out a brutal blend of fuzz laden guitars, racing cymbals from Jordan Lilford and Jared Tomkins’ droning bass, that melds together to form a hazy blend of slacker rock vs. gritty punk.
Their marriage of influences is an imperfect formula that works, approached with a devil may care attitude without taking themselves too seriously. With the imminent threat of releasing new material, expect Gender Roles to be in your face more than ever; an evolving force that is forward thinking both lyrically and melodically on its surface, with an underlying essence of playfulness at its core.
Gender Roles - Lazer Rush
BSM 229 · April 2018