Ex-Lizzy Borden guitarist Gene Allen back with new project Generation Aliens & looking for musicians
Former Lizzy Borden guitarist Gene Allen was recently interviewed by Thomas Amoriello Jr. for Boston Rock Radio. Allen played in Lizzy Borden from 1983 to 1998 and on a number of the band’s albums including Visual Lies in 1987.
Allen was asked about how much involvement he had in music after his departure from Lizzy Borden to which he replied (with slight edits):
“That’s a long story… we’ll cover that next time. At one point late in life I pulled a Jay Adams (Dogtown) and walked away from the music world and biz. Had to do some soul searching, got into the architecture field for a while, then doing odd jobs, skateboard’n & hang’n at Venice Beach and Santa Monica. In 2018, the manager from a local Venice Beach band “Luicidal” (X-Suicidal Tendencies) called me and informed me they we’re look’n for a new guitar player but I was way out of shape and didn’t audition. Six months later, he texted me to come meet Louie (the bass player / band leader) but I didn’t even text back or show up.
Around May of 2019, he called one more time and I said “OK, send the songs to learn.” After going through 18-20 songs, I let the manager know I’m ready to audition. They have a show in June in Arizona at the Tap Room on a Friday night, so I’m waiting and waiting (while going through guitar boot camp to get back in shape) and no audition, so I figured I wasn’t going to AZ. Thursday night before the gig, they call me up “We’ll pick you up in the morning to go play AZ”. Dude, you guys didn’t audition me yet. The manager said “It’s OK, we know you can play, etc…” So it was kinda like a gang / band initiation I guess to see if you choke on stage [laughs]. The show went good, only a couple of boo boo’s on my part but overall it rocked.”
In terms of his new project Generation Aliens, Allen indicated:
“Generation Aliens is a name that is a past Lizzy Borden song title. It just seemed to fit the vibe with what’s going on in the world. I think rock fans and many people in general feel somewhat alienated from society or something. This band is a home for all those people, some will be players and others who enjoy the sound and energy. Generation Aliens is a 2020 version of the Lizzy Borden early years. I’m producing the session using veteran engineer Barry Conley (Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society) who is great with us, a tone freak guitar players who are very critical on the final mix guitar tone and overall sound. The band will include a keyboard player verses a second guitar player. The new sound will be more progressive and will have a different concept of members moving forward.
The project will feature a variety of musicians that will come in and out of the project over time. The music and sound will always be in flux and should keep things interesting for fans who will like to hear what other players will bring to the mix. Hope to have this ready to launch sometime in April 2020. Band artwork, webpage(s) and other details are also in the works. Any pro player male / female can have a shot at being part of this, I might have a West / East Coast team of players, Japanese and European players etc. All players get paid for live gigs. Rehearsal and recording sessions are not paid, jam rooms and studios are paid for by Generation Aliens.
To join the GA Musician Wolf Pack, send your EPK to [email protected] We are in mix down mode for three songs off “Visual Lies” (things are on hold due to this virus scare campaign). Then we’ll shoot a video and complete the EPK. I think it may take some time before shows get booked but I will take this on the road and go play live shows so I’ll keep ya posted. The link will be https://www.facebook.com/generationaliens/ although not officially launched yet, but people can check this link in a couple of weeks to see what’s up and get updates, other band pages coming. I’m also going to release five other new never before heard song demos from past projects I worked with, went through some past recordings and found them as well as other new songs ideas to develop. I will have them on iTunes etc, and will have links posted on GA Facebook page ASAP.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Gene Allen at Boston Rock Radio‘s website.