- Artist: Epigene
- Format: CD
- Release Date:1/27/2004
PRESS RELEASE EPIGENE SHINES THROUGH WITH POPULAR DISSENT Any music fan is familiar with the city of Seattle for it's leadership role in the explosion of grunge and punk in the early 90's. Since then, the Emerald City has thrived on it's musical reputation, but has now given rise to a band as innovative as the alternative rock movement, itself. Epigene, formed by founder and singer/songwriter Sean Bigler, is a marriage of the social awareness of modern rock with the musical originality and depth of bands like the Police and XTC. With their catchy but intelligent songs, Epigene has already gained a formidable fan base in the Seattle area, filling clubs and embedding themselves in the music industry with their 2001 release, One Bright Sign. Now Epigene is launching a new album, Popular Dissent, that boasts an even more dynamic sound and focused musical approach than their celebrated first CD, and will ride their own creative wave all the way to the pinnacle of modern rock. This powerful second release will undoubtedly reinforce Epigene's drive to the forefront of music. Popular Dissent starts with high-energy icebreaker The New Voltaire, a social outcry with a steady drive and the powerful vocals of Bigler, reminiscent of an early Sting. Boasting not only a powerful message, but a magnetic groove, as well, The New Voltaire connects with any listener, a perfect opener for Epigene's fiery new album. Following the first track is Generica, a similarly infectious and upbeat tune discoursing the homogeny of popular culture. Maintaining a Police-like drive, Generica sees Bigler push his vocals to the edge in the vein of artists like Green Day or the Clash. Epigene comes through with an album that asks strong questions, and makes strong statements. A number of bands have offered socially motivated material, but none compare with the draw of Popular Dissent. Listeners are often forced to choose between good messages and good music, but the new album from Epigene gives them both. In the perfect marriage between musical taste and social awareness, this CD exhibits all the signs of a modern music staple. The Good in Everybody, with a style similar to that of early modern rock's Talking Heads, touches on society's reflection on itself and people's irrational judgment of one another. All told, Popular Dissent is an album speaking to social change, or at least social realization, packaged into an album with an excellent groove. Formed in the spring of 1999, Epigene got it's start playing throughout Seattle, eventually landing a gig for MP3.com/Angelcity that would prompt them to record the tracks that would later become One Bright Sign. Originally playing bass was Edgar Allen, with drummer Darrell Grey, singer/keyboardist Bonnie Lykes, and Sean Bigler on guitar and lead vocals. Then, after a long period of hibernation for the band, Epigene emerged with a new face, fronted still by Bigler, but now joined by drummer Steven Harris and bassist Jacob Doss. After recording Popular Dissent in their own studio, the band set it's sights on becoming not only a local favorite, but a nationally recognized group, with the new adventurous album as a vehicle. Epigene's new release, Popular Dissent, is the kind of album that is looked upon by future generations of listeners as a turning point not only for a band, but for all of music, and is sure to set them in place as one of the strongest innovators of the new musical millennium. With complex but engaging tracks like the horn-underscored Pretty Little Noose and eclectic Twilight 21st Century, Epigene's Popular Dissent is sure to make a tremendous splash not only in modern rock, but the music industry as a whole. No music fan should miss the opportunity to pick up this masterpiece.
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