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Genders (and Their Guitars) Wail About How They ‘Never Belonged to You’

“But I never belonged to you / I never belonged to anyone,” protest Portland-based indie-rock quartet Genders on the chorus to their new single. The real taunting, however, is done by their guitars, punctuating every line in the verse with a bending, soaring riff that sticks its tongue out against anyone who thought otherwise. Halfway between J. Mascis and JAMC, it’s one of the year’s most delectable licks, and the band does well to support it with wave-crashing drums and thudding bass, making it unusually soaring for a kiss-off anthem.

Listen to the excellent new song below, off the upcoming Phone Home.