The Name Game: We Are Jeneric Announce New Name

November 14th, 2011, 10:17 am by Greg

OK, we’ll admit that the first time we heard about the band We Are Generic, we thought it was a kinda stupid bandname. Why would anyone want to label their music as “generic”?

Of course, once we discovered that the band was actually named We Are Jeneric – as in Jen and Eric – the bandname took on a whole different meaning for us, and we found it quite endearingly charming.

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LIVE: We Are Jeneric @ Jack’s Place, 4/16/11

April 19th, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
We Are Jeneric

We Are Jeneric

B3nson Recording Company artists We Are Jeneric – the charming Jen O’Connor and Eric Krans – headlined the triple-bill at Jack’s Place at the College of Saint Rose in Albany last Saturday night. From Tacoma by way of NYC, I Low (aka Clyde Kurtis, Colin Reynolds) and Aaron Smith’s Scientific Maps also shared the stage, making for an evening of fab fun and some mighty, mighty music.

Photographs by Timothy Reidy

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Five Firsts: Eric J. Krans of We Are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

November 15th, 2010, 12:00 pm by Greg
Eric J. Krans (photo by Jason Lehr)

(photo by Jason Lehr)

NAME: Eric J. Krans
BAND AFFILIATION: We are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & The Hobo Banned
INSTRUMENT: Anything rhythmic or vocal

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Depeche Mode, “Violator”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Celebrant Singers. They were a traveling contemporary Christian song and dance troupe. (They’re apparently still around. Their website describes them as “musicians as missionaries.”) I think many of them stayed at our house. The first concert I ever “went to” was a Kansas concert my mother took the church youth group to while she was pregnant with me. Apparently, the place was a haze of smoke and the music was deafening, this according to my mom, and I kicked and kicked and kicked and maybe even flipped.

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LIVE: Richard Julian @ The Linda, 10/30/09

November 6th, 2009, 12:15 pm by Greg


Richard Julian’s second visit to The Linda last Friday may not have attracted the biggest audience, but they were surely his devoted fans, especially when he asked them for requests. Standing in the middle of the stage holding his acoustic guitar, he grinned at the onslaught of titles being thrown at him. Launching into “Please Rene, Not Now,” his tenor voice passionately wove in and out of the guitar notes, bringing “Rene” – and the song – to life.

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LIVE: LarkFest, 9/19/09

September 21st, 2009, 11:38 am by Greg

Donna Baird of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

Donna Baird of Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned

You can read David Malachowski’s review of some of the LarkFest musical performances in the Times Union.

But LarkFest is just too big and too crowded for one person to try to cover five different stages of music all going on at the same time. Since the Times Union didn’t have time or space to mention the Townsend Park Stage or the Kids’ Stage, decided to go there.

And we decided to give you a totally different perspective of the fest, too, so here are a few performers’-eye views of LarkFest from the stage:

1. Were there any particularly vivid moments for you – either in your onstage or offstage mode?
MATTHEW LOIACONO: a). The Hanging of the B3nson Banner, Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3… b). Dan Maddalone (from Barons in the Attic) Pie-In-The-Face, Pt. 1 + Pt. 2… (see pics at All Over Albany) c). Richard Mark Nolan Jr. (from Beware! the Other Head of Science) on fire, all day long d). The B3nson Family Affair Finale! Hearing that many voices holler “Troy is the place where Henry Hudson turned around…” was something I don’t think I’ll ever experience like that again.
AARON SMITH of SCIENTIFIC MAPS: Watching our new friend Foots dancing with our good friend Nick Matulis while my band played is a memory I will treasure always. Also, Dan Maddalone being struck in the face with two pies was pretty funny. Playing drums on the last Sgt Dunbar song while all of the B3nson bands jumped on stage which came dangerously close to exceeding the weight limit. Oh, and watching Nick Matulis play Richard Nolan’s back.
COURTNEY BIONDO: It was just amazing to see so many people I don’t know enjoying the performance and singing along to the covers I played.
JEN of WE ARE JENERIC: When I saw that we had our very own port-a-potty I was very excited.

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