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Gene The Werewolf

Country USA

Style Hard Rock

ProfileĀ On Gene the Werewolf’s second studio album, “Wicked Love”, the Pittsburgh rockers rev into a higher gear. Released November 29th, 2011, Wicked Love sees the quintet bring their gritty-rock roots to the forefront. Gene explains, “Most of my former self was left behind on the band’s debut ‘Light Me Up,'” while speaking of the pop infused Rock N’ Roll that crafted the aforementioned record. When referring to the band’s newest album, Gene exclaims, “It’s the perfect soundtrack to a beer-infused Saturday night!” The first single, “I Only Wanna Rock N’ Roll”, exemplifies what Gene had to say about his latest album. “The track sounds as caustic as my new look”, says Gene referring to sporting a dirty cut-off jean jacket and ass-kicking boots rather than his sheik 70s inspired white suit. However, there’s more to this album than just a change in scenery.

In May of 2009, Gene The Werewolf recorded their first EP “Light Me Up” at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, OH with producer Jamie Woolford (The Gin Blossoms, The Format, The A.K.A.’s). In June of 2011, the boys again decided to enlist the help of Woolford on their second release, and first full-length album, “Wicked Love”. The idea this time was to fly to Phoenix, AZ for 3 weeks to record the album at STEM Recording Studio to try something new, and focus strictly on the music, with no distractions. The band also flew out, studio engineer, and Gene’s touring guitarist, Mike Ofca to round out the team that made the 2009 album such a success. “The process this time was great”, says Gene. “I couldn’t be happier with how the album turned or how the recording really reflects the evolution of Gene that we were going for”.

Another noteworthy aspect about the release of “Wicked Love” is that the band plans to give the album away for free! “Giving this record away for free was something that was incredibly important to us from the start of the writing process. We know that we are at the top of our game right now and people need to hear that,” says guitarist Drew Donegan. “The band has done the proverbial dance with managers, potential labels, booking agents, etc. Making money isn’t why any of us got involved with music when we were younger. At the end of the day, we play absurdly loud, sweat our asses off, and then sleep on filthy apartment floors together because we are friends and love doing it, not to become the world’s next rock star or to make money from it.”

Ultimately, the band’s intentions are as pure as they’ve ever been. “We formed this band to play loud, rowdy, and crude Rock N’ Roll,” says Gene. “I think with this record we’ve accomplished everything we’ve ever wanted out of being in a band together.”

Since the release of the bands debut “Light Me Up”, Gene The Werewolf have been featured in various national and local publications including Spin Magazine, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tribune Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, and more. Gene was on SPIN magazine’s Top 15 “Songs You Must Hear Now” in November 2009, and #2 on The Daily News “Best of 2009” list. The band has also enjoyed local and regional airplay along with frequent in-studio performances on 102.5 WDVE and 105.9 WXDX in Pittsburgh.

Late in 2010 Gene had the idea to cover a version of the 1978 local classic “Steelers Fight Song”. Gene’s version, named “Steelers Polka”, went viral during the football season and received over 340,000 views on YouTube along with airplay from local and national radio.

In 2012, Gene’s new single “I Only Wanna Rock N Roll” was added to full rotation to Pittsburgh’s biggest radio station 102.5 WDVE! It reached the “#1 most played song” on the station for 3 weeks in a row, beating out the Foo Fighters and Nickelback, and is currently one of the most played songs on WDVE, having been in rotation for over 7 months now!

– Light Me Up [2009] EP
– Wicked Love [2011]
– Rock N’ Roll Animal [2012]

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