The Selfish Gene

The Selfish Gene

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The Selfish Gene plays a unique brand of pop rock, a sound they call thematic storytelling in a progressive rock format. Their three-part harmonies and poetic, cerebral lyrics give their music a versatile style that ranges from delicate, hummable and poppy to grandiose and intense.

Biography

"It's a gene we keep receiving, self-defeating human beings."

The Selfish Gene plays a unique brand of pop rock, a sound they call thematic storytelling in a progressive rock format. Their three-part harmonies and poetic, cerebral lyrics give their music a versatile style that ranges from delicate, hummable and poppy to grandiose and intense. The band was voted Best Overall Artist at the 2006 Madison Area Music Awards and has shared the stage with such acts as The Flaming Lips, Kings of Leon, Califone, Cold War Kids, Cloud Cult, Chad VanGaalen, The Waco Brothers, Leon Russell, and Blue Oyster Cult.

"If you like Spoon, you might dig this new band The Selfish Gene." - VH1's Best Week Ever, 2007

Spin.com - "Artist of the Day" - May 16th, 2007

"Songs that are both delicately introspective and explosively grand." - National Public Radio, 2007

The band's new album, The Grand Masquerade, was released on May 1st, 2007 to rave reviews, earning comparisons to Spoon, Electric Light Orchestra, Eno-era Genesis, Kinks, and the Flaming Lips. The Grand Masquerade is thematically focused around Orwellian concepts of deception, false identity and doublespeak which may come off as bleak and pretentious. But as Seattle, WA blog 'Everybody Knows, Everybody Cares' says, "for as many ways as a band incorporating those elements could go totally wrong, The Selfish Gene simply never does."

Performing Songwriter magazine said of the album, "[The Grand Masquerade] is immersed in ambition--a stunning blend of giddy, effusive melodies with a cerebral mindset ... Despite [The Selfish Gene's] precocious tendencies--sound effects, maddening shifts in tempo, synths, heady musings--their tunes remain anchored in relentless energy and easy accessibility." - Dec 2007

"A memorable album that has more smarts, soul and just plain fun than most of what's considered "pop" these days." - Wisconsin State Journal / Capital Times, 2007

"Not only one of the best releases to come out of Wisconsin, but also a pretty damn fine record compared to everything else that the industry has rolled out in 2007." - Muzzle of Bees, 2007

"The Selfish Gene turn out elegant and delicate sunshine rock that is sure to dance as lightly through your speakers as a dandelion in the summer wind." - Veritas Lux Mea, 2007

"Original and thought-provoking" - Morecowbell, 2007

"An impressive piece of prog-inspired aural cotton candy that'll turn the darkest souls into shiny, happy people." - Isthmus, 2007

A brief history...
The Selfish Gene was formed in 2003 when three college grads met veteran drummer, Mark Marsh. The band released their first album, Self-Defeating Human Beings, in March of 2005. The album was ranked #1 local album of the year by Rick's Cafe music newspaper and a Top 5 of '05 by the readers of Dane101.com.

Lyrics

Autopilot

Written By: Matt Allen

Sit back, you're overloaded
Feet flying up in there
The ground keeps passing faster

Come back, you're overzealous
Sinking as you sail
You can't do this forever

If you don't come down
Off the heels of your elation
Then you won't hear a sound
When you finally crash that spaceship
In through the ceiling of our house

So sad lost all surveillance
Quiet satellites
Could you speak a little louder

Relax, we want to thank you
Keep you on our side
We'll pay you lots of money

We've seen this road before
Same foot in slamming door
And it won't make a difference
To leave it on autopilot

Discography

The Grand Masquerade - Ruff Road Records LP 2007
Self-Defeating Human Beings - Self-Released LP 2005
The Art of Fact - Self-Released EP 2004

Set List

Set lists are tailored from 45 minutes to 2 hours or more in length. Sets typically consist of 10 to 20 songs and are all original in content with the exception of the occasional, eclectic cover. Back screen projection is employed when possible and is interactive with set content.