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Thursday, Jan. 27, 2005 03:44 am

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resident genius

As beer-based bands float in and out of bars and touring groups ride luxury buses into town, a group of local melody-makers ride a wave of their own excitement, unfettered by the trappings of your average music-business philosophy.

Leading the Springfield pack of these nonchalant go-getters is the band Resident Genius. This group of indie rockers invented itself in the summer of 2002, went three-piece for a while, and returned to a two-guitar/bass/drum setup. The band’s songs range from angry to pretty (often within a verse, always within a song) and are rock-danceable, with the lyrics generally social oriented. “Accelerator,” the new EP to be released this Saturday, is the band’s first excursion into personal relationships.

Says Jason Perry, singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the band: “It’s a bit of a departure for us as there is no political/social commentary within the three [songs]. The “Accelerator” CD is about love and loss.” Guest artists include Perry’s 14-year-old neighbor Tim Reynolds on trumpet and Tim Moore, drummer for JACK, on piano.

Also in the works for Resident Genius is a springtime CD release on Thick Records, a popular and important Chicago-based label, with political activist and author Howard Zinn. “I got the idea from a recording by punk band Bad Religion and Noam Chomsky,” Perry says. “I grew up on that stuff.” Along with the six songs by Resident Genius, including guest vocals by Jeff Williams of NIL8 and Robbie Kording of the Timmys, Zinn offers a reading from his works.

Saturday’s event features other highlights of the Springfield independent-rock movement: Members of the Gunga Dins, now calling themselves A Dashing Bold Adventure, will reunite. Park frontman Ladd Mitchell performs a rare solo show. High-school band Electric Snow makes its public debut. Even in Blackouts, an acoustic punk band headed by John Pierson, formerly of legendary Chicago punk group Screeching Weasel, adds a vintage aspect to the show. And the best part: The all-ages show is being presented in a smoke-free venue in downtown Springfield.

Come experience Resident Genius, Even in Blackouts, Ladd Mitchell, A Dashing Bold Adventure, and Electric Snow at Andiamo!, 204 S. Sixth St. (217-523-3262), on Saturday, Jan. 29. The all-ages show begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $5.

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