"Gene" (formed 1993, disbanded 2004) were an English indie/rock quartet who rose to prominence in the mid-90s. They were popularly labelled as a Britpop band and often drew somewhat superficial comparisons to The Smiths, if only because of their slightly Morrissey-esque lead singer, Martin Rossiter. In truth, Gene's music owes more to acts as diverse as The Jam, The Small Faces, The Style Council, and The Clash, to name a few. Gene comprised Matt James (drummer), Kevin Miles (bassist), Steve Mason (guitarist) and Martin Rossiter (singer, keyboards).
*Martin Rossiter - vocals, keyboards
*Steve Mason - guitar
*Matt James - drums
*Kevin Miles - bass guitar
The origin of Gene lies in the existence of a previous band called Spin, of whom guitarist Steve Mason and drummer Matt James were original members. Spin were a promising Stone Roses-like band who were sadly the subject of a serious road accident, the result of which forced their bassist, John Mason (brother of Steve) and their manager Daz Walton, to retire. Daz has now taken on Somewhere Outside New York. In wanting to continue together in a band, Steve Mason and Matt James recruited bass pla...