Thrilling egomania throws blades at tight the family ties of irrepressible Liverpool punk duo, Generation, in the video for their amplifier-smoking track, 21st Century Woman. Even wilder than their reputation has come to suggest, the short film finds the hot-headed Carne Brothers at odds and throwing shade at the excess and petulance found in the entertainment business.
Pushed to the very edges of decency, as is their tendency, Generation throw each other into a performance as committed as their much-missed live shows, casting snake-hipped, razor-jawed front man, Dean Carne into the role of hopeless prima donna. With his rattle permanently out of the pram, his co-conspirator, James Carne, struggles to keep his cool.
Of the video, the band says: “The music video has but one job – to entertain. It is not an artistic extension of ourselves or the song, but an extension of our personalities and our offbeat humour we do so enjoy. It is basically a massive piss take out of ourselves and the industry.”
Two peas from the same pod of tainted glamour, fuzz box bar chords, smudged eyeliner and five-day stubble, the Carne brothers made their first, definitive statement as the glitterball-punk duo, by releasing their debut mini-album, Suicidal Champagne last month. The frenetic, speaker-ripping, seven-track ride into the warped and wonderful minds of the snake-hipped pair has one foot in hell and the other even deeper down.
The multi-instrumental pair whose worlds encompass high-end fashion as well as grimy, speedball rock and roll, worked with renowned producer/drummer, James Kenosha (Pulled Apart By Horses, Rhodes, Dry The River) in wild, productive sessions during early 2020 with the Carne’s picking up the reins of bass, guitars and vocals at will. The ‘needs must’ sound of a classic two/three-piece recalls the urgent sounds of bands whose ambitions outpaced their dole checks in the 1970s, including Generation X, Angelic Upstarts and transatlantic counterparts, The Ramones and New York Dolls.