Gena Rose Bruce’s debut album Can’t Make You Love Me is an intoxicating ride through love, lust, surrender and revival. It’s a distinct and dynamic debut from a young artist with a clear vision. Bruce’s vocals drive this album; a stirring force amidst the pulsing rhythms, echoes of Mazzy Star and Lynchian undertones. A vibrant youthfulness and deep maturity underpins her writing, allowing songs to swing effortlessly between earnest introspection and cool detachment with utter sincerity. With it’s infectious melodies and biting lyricism, Can’t Make You Love Me is as playful as it is confessional.
Released in June 2019 via Dot Dash Recordings (home to Methyl Ethyl, Gabriella Cohen, Sui Zhen), the album has received critical acclaim from international and local media, including NPR All Songs Considered Best New Music, Album Of The Week at The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times, Byte FM (Germany) and Radio 100,7 Luxembourg, radio play on KEXP, KCRW, NPR, Communion Presents on Radio X (Making Waves feature artist), Reform Radio UK, Triple J and more. Can’t Make You Love Me will receive a physical release in UK/EU in March 2020 via Proper Music and Gena will be performing at SXSW 2020.
Gena is signed to Beggars Music for publishing (SBTRKT, Snail Mail, Cat Power), Fresh Air Artist Management and Collective Artists for Australian bookings (Aldous Harding, Julia Jacklin). She’s toured nationally and abroad, including performances at AmericanaFest, headline AU tours and supports with Dyson Stringer Cloher, Tia Gostelow, Wagons and more. Gena’s songs have received major playlisting including being added to Spotify UK Fresh Finds, Fresh Finds Index, NPR All Songs Considered Spotify playlist, New Music Friday ANZ, Indie Arrivals, Chords & Cardigans, Broad Chords, Apple Music Best of the Week, Mellow Days, A-List Alternative, US Indie Chill, US Sad Times and Amazon Music ANZ’s Brand New Music Australia Now. She was also added to the COLORS weekly playlist on Spotify [YouTube channel with 3m+ subscribers]. Key press includes features/interviews with RUSSH magazine, The Herald Sun, Pilerats, Deafen County, Happy Mag and more. Gena has just been nominated for Best Breakthrough Act in the Music Victoria Awards (alongside Tones and I and G Flip).
With the outstanding momentum her debut LP continues to gather, Gena has understandably been regarded as an artist “destined to send shockwaves through the indie music scene.” (Beat Magazine).
“Her voice just sends me…David Lynch made that third season of Twin Peaks a year too soon, cause she should’ve been playing in that bar.” - NPR All Songs Considered Best New Music.