Saturday, February 24, 2024

Ghenghis Nash’s Odyssey

Genghis Nash release their debut EP, The Odyssey, on 25th November, through Golden Robot Records. 

The 5 track EP follows the release of singles ‘Running Out of Time’ and ‘The Swamp’.

Genghis Nash is truly a global collective of musicians, and at its core are two old friends – from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Michel Nasrallah, and from the Sunshine Coast, Australia, Jackie Barnes – son of legendary vocalist Jimmy Barnes.

Singer/guitarist Nasrallah and drummer Barnes met during their time studying at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and instantly struck up a close friendship.

During the past 14 years they have travelled the world getting to know many different cultures and growing their global network of like-minded creatives. A spur of the moment trip took Barnes to Sao Paulo in 2018 spawned the idea of forming a band.

When Nasrallah then travelled to Australia not long afterwards, Genghis Nash was born, and the songs that make up their debut EP The Odyssey were written and recorded at Jimmy Barnes’ Freight Train Studios in Sydney.  

Over the next year, the pair reached out to their vast network of musicians and friends around the world to add their own personalities and influences to Genghis Nash.

Some of those who contribute to this record include Ty Bailie from Mesa, Washington, Jade Glasberg from Los Angeles, California, Joel Burton from Sydney, Australia, Uyanga Bold from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, James Saez from Los Angeles, California, Oscar Zambrano from Mexico City, Mexico, Fernando Lodeiro from Caracas, Venezuela and Tod Garnett from Sydney, Australia.

The new EP is said to engage the listener with fresh guitar riffs and solos, horn lines, hard tight drum grooves, and powerful vocals which transition seamlessly into unexpected sections exposing psychedelic rock influences. The lyrics bringing out modern day internal existential dilemmas delivered in anthemic fashion…. Well, you can check that out for yourselves by playing the videos for the previous singles here at RAMzine, and if you like what you hear, then stream/purchase the new EP here.

‘Running Out of Time’, true to its title, exposes the anxiety of time’s relentless passing. The track features gritty and heavy guitars, drums, bass and vocals with contrasting soothing and melodic psychedelic rock elements, featuring a full horn section which fits in a surprisingly perfect way. ‘Running Out of Time’ can be ordered here.

The band’s debut single, ‘The Swamp’ is still available here and the official video for it featured here at RAMzine.

Genghis Nash has apparently produced “some incredibly catchy and intricate rock material with some proggy overtones”, and the EP is available here.

Paul H Birch
Paul H Birch
RAMzine Senior Writer - Writer of fiction, faction and fact, has edited several newsstand magazines. He declares himself a hack for hire but refuses to compromise on the subject of music.

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