Home sweet home for rising star rocker

By Michael Roberts | posted on July 18, 2020

ONE of WA’s brightest up and coming stars is heading back south to where it all started for her as a live performer.

Albany’s Carla Geneve will be rocking the walls of the White Star in August as part of a three-pronged tour starting this month.

Geneve is scheduled to play at Mojos Bar in Fremantle on July 24, before performing regional gigs at The River in Margaret River on August 1 and back home in Albany at the White Star on August 2.

Great Southerners are well-known for claiming famous individuals as their own, even if they only lived in the region for a couple of years.

But Geneve is no blow-in.

The true blue Albanian was born and raised in the Great Southern until she relocated to Perth after her 18th birthday.

Speaking to the Weekender, Geneve said the White Star held a special place in her heart.

“I played so many of my first gigs there,” she said.

“I learnt a lot about performing there. It was a great place for me.”

The blues-rocker burst onto the WA music scene in 2017 to critical acclaim, with her debut single Greg’s Discount Chemist taking out Song of the Year at the 2018 Western Australian Music Awards.

Geneve has since released a self- titled EP on Dot Dash Recordings and the first single of an upcoming debut album that will likely hit shelves late this year or early next.

Geneve, who won Best Rock Act and Live Voice of the Year (WA) at the 2019 National Live Music Awards, said the forthcoming LP was more polished than the self- titled EP and would explore themes of mental health and coming of age.

“The record has a little more purpose and focus,” she said.

“I’ve become more musically aware as I’ve been around people who are musically talented.

“It’s a lot less raw. I liked the rawness of the EP. Not more filled in necessarily, but a little more thought has gone into it.

“It’s actually finished now … I can’t wait to put it out. Hopefully it will be soon.”

In what would have been her biggest performance to date, Geneve was supposed to play at the South

by Southwest festival in Texas this year but those plans were dashed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the lockdown, the singer-songwriter said she hadn’t expected to miss playing live so much.

“It affected me a lot more than I thought it would,” she said.

“I miss being in the same room as people who love the same thing I do. I miss the connection with like-minded people that come along so I’m so excited to have that again.

“I just can’t wait to drive down. It won’t be a trip down memory lane, it’s more than that, but it will be nostalgic and comforting to play at the place I feel so at home.”

After tasting early success in a short space of time, Geneve said it had been invaluable to sit down and ponder her next move as an artist.

“This year was going to be a big year for us, we were going to get into national touring and we can’t do that anymore,” she said.

“But I almost feel grateful that I’ve had this pause to think about what I want to do and where I want go, instead of just being swept away in this whirlwind.”