The Sprinkle Genies

Andy Ras Vegas - vocals, guitar
Ananda Sunshine - vocals, buckets, violin, tambourine, harmonica, various shakers
Erika Simonian - vocals, guitar, mandolin, buckets, bass
Steve Bag - vocals, bass
Richard Heaven - drums

Catching a band 97 times in three years might seem like a lot, but that's how many times I've seen the Sprinkle Genies - and I'm a busy guy. For some strange reason, this loose group - maybe the most casual collection of rockers in New York City - is worth each and every trip.

Why? It must be because their shallowly soul-searching jams - an unabashed conglomeration of rock, blues, strangeness and 21st Century folk-never get old. Not for their many dedicated fans, not for the casual listener, and certainly not for them.

"I'm not really the mastermind: I'm the overseer," clarifies Andy Ras Vegas, who founded the band roughly a million years ago, or 1995 to be exact. "In the Sprinkle Genies, you can do whatever you want. Where I come from, white guys play crappy reggae, but we do it the way we like to do it. If we want to play disco-influenced songs followed by Led Zeppelin, that's cool. People here don't feel constrained by rules. We don't kowtow, and we don't follow a system."

For a generation seeking low-key rebellion, Sprinkle Genies are the ideal outlet. Their live shows, happening everywhere from Brooklyn to Manhattan to a medieval fire pit in the forest (I saw it myself), are a place where anything can happen. Ras Vegas might throw attendee's names into the insulting lyrics of the dub-heavy "Trust Fund" and indulge nostalgia with some tongue in cheek spinal tap moves on guitar. Ananda sexes it up opium-den style as she sings and wails on the buckets in songs like 'It's so Fun'. Erika's punchy ethereal vocals and virtuosity on anything with strings is the perfect counterbalance. Richard Heaven just bashes out that delicious pocket, and Steve Bag threatens to overwhelm everything and everybody, each and every time, with his potentially earth-shaking bass. Guitar, that is.

"I don't really write songs - they just materialize", says Ras Vegas. "I don't believe in writing. You just play, and the song happens. I think the quintessential Sprinkle Genies tunes are 'Chesters' and 'Dirty Couch'. They incorporate all different aspects of our musical tastes: percussion, atonal stuff, punk, rock, dance, Appalachian, disco and '50's pop."
The craziest part about this group is that after slogging it out in the underground for almost 10 years, they're jacked to start their 2nd decade in similar fashion - as long as they do it together. "It's effortless for all of us to get along and create together," Ananda says. "The Sprinkle Genies are like finding a soulmate. That kind of chemistry is either there or it isn't. We're like family except nothing sucks."
Nothing at all. That's why I'll be at show #98 in a week or two. Wanna come with me? - David Weiss, Editor Mix Magazine


"In Sprinkle Genies' ''Springtime', a girl and a guy harmonize sweetly about getting laid, avoiding E.coli, mixing Vodka Collins and beating up Henry Rollins (it rhymes!) over pleasant, upbeat folk-rock. I think I have a new favorite song."-Amy Phillips, Village Voice

"Of course, you've known about the Sprinkle Genies for years, and how their infectious mix of trash and treasure will leave you thinking of an anti-folk version of X. The Genies are your stoner friends from high school who never really grew up, spent their time playing guitar and reading Hegel in some patchouli-laced hippie-house."-New York Waste

"One of the best bands to come out of the Antifolk scene."-Dale Filsmore, February 14, 2004
"Sprinkle Genies have everything you want in a band--good songs and beautiful women, and a sense of ingenuousness that shines out over their slightly cynical pose."-Melpomene Whitehead, Subdermal

Why They Are Antifolk

"Why are we antifolk? Because we put the sound out there for the folks to steal...and they do."