We caught up with Spencer Sult aka Generifus about his latest record, his DIY ethos and hometown Olympia, WA.
3rd: Hi Spencer, what are the latest happenings in Olympia?
Spencer: Olympia is amazing and always changing. The summer is just ending and a bunch of rad friends have come through on tour this year. We just had an album release show at this bar called Obsidian that is very rad, excited for shows there in the future. Our friends and many other bands in town are making amazing music. If you're reading this please check out: Oh, Rose, Sawtooth, Vexx, TRANSFX, Broken Water, Milk Music, G.L.O.S.S., Naomi Punk, Box Fan, Ugly Lovers, Gag, Blood Orphans, Joppa Mazama, Box, Mona Reels, Duzz, Holy Komodo and many more I am definitely forgetting. The Generifus band also have solo projects (Slithy Toves and Deja Blue).
3rd: That's a big shout out...what a lively scene. We noticed all your album are free digitally...
S: Yes, I made everything free as some sort of holiday "promotion" and decided it made more sense to have the music accessible to download. I make enough new music that I don't feel the need to "value" each release as I may have in the past. It has helped a lot with getting the recordings out there so I have stuck with it.
3rd: What is Generifus' sound in one sentence?
S: Dad rock for kids.
"I try to play well organized DIY shows"
3rd: Your approach to music is very DIY. The new release Extra Bad was recorded and mixed in a studio. What triggered this idea?
S: My past three releases were done either at home or with one friends helping out, mostly because I didn't want to wait to release the songs. After putting together the live band, it made more sense to practice the new batch of songs and play lots of shows, and after that, it seemed more appropriate to record them super well and focus on the performance instead of engineering ourselves. I had recorded twice before at Dub Narcotic so it was easy and comfortable to get back in there and record something cohesive.
3rd: For the new record Extra Bad, the recording process sounds pretty mad. How was it?
S: It was recorded in three days, but we planned very well for the time we had available. Everything was rehearsed and there were some friends helping in the studio which made all of the little time consuming parts of recording happen way faster than I had experienced in the past. After tracking we mixed for 3 more days and it was mastered a few months later once I figured out what I was doing with the release. It was good to have less time to make decisions and just roll with what we got.
S: I try to play well organized DIY shows. I don't have or necessarily want a booking agent, so I am free to find cool nooks and crannies of the scene to make my own space in. I have been going on tours for 8 years or so, and in turn have met people that I enjoy "working" with on shows and many friends in towns I like to visit. There is this kinda deep rooted network of weirdos who all sorta know each other around the US and I like to stay tapped into that, while returning the favour here in Olympia.
3rd: On Outter Lines you sing “the whole wide world is waiting, they talk all the time. Outer line's fading, so take all you want. I'm hoping now time has gone, you'll find out you can”.