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 from the age of 16. These formative experiences proved invaluable, and after relocating to Perth two years later, she released 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 500,000+ streams on Spotify, the single’s success led to Australia’s leading alternative radio station Triple J crowning Geneve as their Unearthed Feature Artist of the Week. She subsequently embarked on her first national tour, a combination of shows supporting Lord Huron (US) and her own sold out headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney & Perth.
After earning rave reviews for her electrifying showcases at the annual BIGSOUND conference in Brisbane, Geneve toured with/supported the likes of Cat Power, Kurt Vile & Gareth Liddiard (The Drones/Tropical Fuck Storm) among others 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’ which was placed into rotation on Triple J and praised by Beats 1’s Matt Wilkinson on Apple Music. 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 KEXP-acclaimed debut EP released on June 7, 2019 via Dot Dash/Remote Control Records. Borne of smouldering passion and framed by lacerations of heartbreak, the 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.”
Having just returned from her debut North American tour in support of indie pop act San Cisco playing to packed rooms across the USA & Canada, Geneve will embark on a national headline tour of Australia in support of her EP before preparing to record her debut album.
2020 will see the release of Geneve’s debut album aided by extensive international touring, further solidifying her as one of Australia’s most exciting up and coming artists.