- Mike Price, AKA Zabo or Polio Elvis vocals
- Rob Porter, AKA Teen Hunk Rob, Robbo, or Bobby Casino lead guitar
- Rob Huppé, AKA as Duke Crysal or Kung Fu Rob rhythm guitar
- Douglas Crevier, AKA Dick Pageant or Dougo bass guitar
- Louis Lévesque, AKA Late Louis drums
Genetic Control is a Canadian hardcore punk band from Montreal, whose “First Impressions” single is a sought after item for punk record collectors. They existed from 1983 to 1986, and then reunited in 1998. They played with many bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Charged GBH and Suicidal Tendencies. They were also known for the comical disguises they wore on stage, giving birth on stage to a mohawked fetus who looked like Watty from the Exploited featuring umbilical cord and placenta to make it look as real as possible. Rare video footage exits of this epic punk moment in Montrael hardcore history.
The band used to jam the entire album Killer by Alice Cooper, rehearsed four or five times a week, Influenced by Minor Threat and the Bad Brains, the band established itself in an old apartment block which also served as a rehearsal space for local bands. It was dubbed the BBC (for Bleury Beach Club), which gave birth to the 1980s Montreal hardcore scene.
The band’s songs are in the form of short stories, depicting people and situations as the band sees them. The band first released the song “Suburban Life” on the Primitive AirRaid compilation album on Psyche Industry Records in 1984.
In the years after, their single, which was already very rare, became one of the most sought after collectibles by punk rock record collectors all around the world, fetching as much as $500 on eBay during the 1990s. This prompted the German label Lost & Found Records, to press a bootleg of the 7″ on CD, with the song “Suburban Life” as a bonus track. However, the band were never paid for the article.
Genetic Control reunited in 1998 for the Les Foufounes Électriques 15-year anniversary, playing a few shows during the summer. They then started to play regularly again, even though some members were by then in Toronto, and others in Vancouver and Montreal. In 2005, they released Brave New World on Sonik’s Chicken Shrimp Records, which was taken from one of their 1998 concerts, and included a new song, the original 7″ single and “Suburban Life”. It became the first of the Sonik’s Chicken Shrimp Records releases to go out of print.
With more shows following in recent years, including playing with Black Flag in Toronto at North by Northeast as well as United fest Punk Rock Festival in Montreal. Upcoming shows include 77 Montreal in Montreal on July 28, 2017 With Rancid, Dropkick Murphys to name a few…