THE SELFISH GENE RELEASE NEW E.P.
The latest musical release from local rock trio, The Selfish Gene, hit record store shelves on June 22. What it sees, Where it sleeps is a six-song E.P. that showcases a fresh perspective for the Madison group, favoring catchy, acoustic-based numbers with a do-it-yourself approach. The new E.P. is the band’s first release since reforming as a three-piece in 2009, and is the follow-up to the nationally-decorated psych-rock opus The Grand Masquerade, which earned the band attention from VH1, Spin, Paste, NPR, and Performing Songwriter magazine. For The Selfish Gene, What it sees, Where it sleeps is a transitional album, a fitting introduction for new listeners and a welcome return for long-time fans.
The Selfish Gene was formed in 2004 and released their first album, Self-Defeating Human Beings, in March 2005. The original lineup featured Mark Heise, of Smokin’ with Superman fame, and Michael Weber (keys/guitar), both of whom left the band in late 2008 to pursue other non-musical interests. The band briefly dissipated, but reformed in early 2009 with the welcomed addition of Rob Young (drums) to the dynamic vocal duo of founding members, Matt Allen (songwriter/guitar) and Eric Andraska (bass).
The Selfish Gene has shared the stage with Bon Iver, Kings of Leon, Califone, the Von Bondies, Cloud Cult, the Waco Brothers, Ha Ha Tonka, Days of the New, the Redwalls, and Blue Oyster Cult. In addition, the band was featured by Triple-M radio at the 2007-2008 SoCo Music Experience festivals, playing alongside such progressive artists as the Flaming Lips, Cold War Kids, the Black Keys, and The Roots. The Selfish Gene finished in first place at the Isthmus’ Band on Band Combat in 2009 and were proud recipients of the Best Overall Artist award at the 2006 Madison Area Music Awards.