Genetics: The True Portrayal of Family

by Kelley Gilbert
Whether the band is playing a jam-packed graduation party in a friend’s basement or captivating the crowd at a local festival, the only thing on their mind is getting the audience moving.
Genetics, a four-piece band consisting of Joel Searls on bass guitar, Jeff Ervine on guitar, Nat Snow on drums and Scott Anderson on keys, has been able to consistently grow alongside each other musically since they were young.
With all four members originating from Grand Rapids, MI, they have become not only a band, but a family.
“We all grew up in the same town, went to high school together, learned to play music around each other and have pretty much been family all of these years,” said Snow.  “The name Genetics seemed more than appropriate!”
By truly understanding each other’s style and unique quirks, Genetics has created an intense sound that is both technical and unparalleled.
With heavy emphasis on improvisation, each and every show is unlike the other, leaving the audience perplexed with euphoria.
“The best is when you look out to the crowd and you see one person closing his or her eyes and really tuning into the music,” said Searls. “You can tell they are leaning off every note.”
True to its name, Genetics is composed of many different components and is not distinct to one specific genre or influence allowing even the most reluctant listener to be satisfied.
Even the Denver Broncos are inspired.
“We were supposed to open for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic in Denver but we were stuck in the Chicago airport in the middle of a tornado,” said Ervine. “We barely made it to the show on time and when we did, the Broncos’ NFL game was being projected on the giant screen. With some encouragement from the crowd, we proceeded to become the soundtrack to a Broncos’ victory.”
With a full-length album in the works and multiple shows planned across Colorado and Michigan, Genetics is far from slowing down as a band.
“All I hope is that we can play our music for as many people as we can, as often as possible, and to continue to create new and engaging music for our fans,” said Anderson.
And, you should expect nothing less from this incredible crew.
Be sure to check them out on Facebook or on their website at
Upcoming shows:
July 2: Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO
July 5: 1up Colfax, Denver, CO
July 18-20: Groove Music and Arts Festival, Georgetown, CO

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