Following on from their debut single Underwear, Gen and the Degenerates release ebullient new track Runaway Blues. Laden with sleazy blues licks and rock and roll riffs, Runaway Blues is a track that celebrates freedom from the societal pressure to choose love & marriage over your ambitions. The song summons a vigour from within, its lyrics being provoked by vocalist Gen Degenerate making the difficult choice to prioritise being in a rock band (and the lifestyle that comes with it) over having the accepted idea of “the perfect life”.
Speaking on the track Gen Degenerate said “The impetus to write Runaway Blues came when Jay posed the question “Why does nobody write songs about rocking anymore?”. With a rock resurgence in the wind recently it seemed only fair that we give this once hallowed subject matter a modern spin. The song invokes Joan Jett and Ma Rainey, two queer women that played a massive part in laying the foundation for the music we play today. To me rock n’ roll is about freedom, friendship and fighting for what you believe is right. That’s what I was prioritising in my life at that time. I was ending a significant relationship and choosing to chase the dream with my band. This song has become a sort of positive breakup anthem, one that paid homage to rock’s storied past whilst remaining a deeply personal message to someone I care about.”
Having signed to Marshall Records earlier in the year, Runaway Blues is the bands second release on the label. Bringing the grit of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts with the Rock n Roll spirit of The Struts, the band are making a commitment to the sound and music that they’re making, promising to keep it loud, live and with a clear point of view.
The track joins Underwear on the bands limited red 7″ vinyl out now. The vinyl can be ordered from: http://genandthedegenerates.com/