Album Focus: Hugh McGinlay And The Recessive Genes

4 December 2015 | 2:38 pm | Artist Submission

"I think Skinhunger is the best song I've written. It's scathing and loving simultaneously."

Answered by: Hugh McGinlay

Album title? Bliss

Where did the title of your new album come from? This is an album about family, magic, ambition, resentment and love. Peter Carey did a pretty good job of that in his novel of the same name. Appreciative nod to Mr Carey. 

How many releases do you have now? I have two solo albums and a few EPs. This is the first work we've done a foursome. 

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How long did it take to write/record? Some of the songs were written last year, other much earlier. It took three years to record.

Was anything in particular inspiring you during the making? Love, raising a young family, certain aspects of Australian foreign policy, happiness, resentment, my amazing bandmates, Richard Putnam who produced the record, the songs — some of which woke me up at four am.

What's your favourite song on it? I think Skinhunger is the best song I've written. It's scathing and loving simultaneously. Naturally a duet, full of tension. 

Will you do anything differently next time? I will have more time, sing everything perfectly, collaborate with Elvis and everyone in the band will love my hawaiian shirts. So, probably not. 

When and where is your launch/next gig? VIC: 20 Dec, Toff in Town.

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