Epigene release rock opera

EPIGENE release their rock opera – A Wall Street Odyssey – 27th August on Amammi Music

Upstate NY band Epigene has announced the release of their 3rd album, a brilliant new rock opera called “A Wall Street Odyssey; The City, The Country And Back Again.”  Inspired by such landmark albums as The Who’s Quadrophenia, The Kinks Preservation Act and Green Day’s American Idiot, A Wall Street Odyssey is a hero’s journey for the 21st century.

Never before has a musical work reflected the profound economic, social and political events of the last 4 years more than Epigene’s new album.  A Wall Street Odyssey is a culmination of songwriter Sean Bigler’s 3+ years of research and musical inspiration. The 25 songs cover a wide range of styles within the progressive pop/rock genre and are packed with exceptionally strong songwriting and vocal melodies. Rock, electro-clash, psychedelic folk, afro-pop, new wave and even IDM are used to advance the plot and create the many moods of the album.  Similar artists mining the same vein of adventurous, intelligent art-pop include:  Super Furry Animals, Damon Albarn, Midlake, Ween, Deerhoof, David Byrne  and Muse.

The hero, is named “Yossarian” and is inspired by the main character in Joseph Keller’s seminal book Catch 22.  Yossarian starts off as an overworked investment banker who suffers an existential crisis in his work and lifestyle.  He turns to drugs and becomes homeless on the streets in an effort to escape society and his identity.  He is later reborn living in a country eco-village where he bonds with nature and connects with a deeper, earthly spiritual presence.  Finally, as shaman and prophet, he returns to the city to preach a return to nature and escape from creeping government tyranny. 

Yossarian’s journey also represents the stages of spiritual maturity and transformation of the individual.  Seattle artist Tom Swanson helped create a 56 page graphic novel for the story and Sean and wife Bonnie artfully colored the images.  The complete novel, along with lyrics, photos and essay can be found in the 95 page deluxe version of A Wall Street Odyssey.  Available at: www.epigenemusic.com

Songwriter Sean Bigler and wife Bonnie Lykes (additional vocals & keyboards) live in the Woodstock area of upstate NY but were originally from Seattle where they formed Epigene in 2000.  Their first album, 2002’s One Bright Sign, garnered the band a 4-star review in the All Music Guide as well as significant National radio exposure. The song “Troubled Man” was a finalist in the 2002 USA Songwriting Contest.

Epigene reconvened in  2004 working with new bassist James Burkman and drummer Steven Harris to release Popular Dissent. The album was full of sharp, provocative & catchy songs that showcased Sean’s knack for combining an irresistible hook with a message of social or political awareness. Several songs from Popular Dissent received significant radio exposure and the album garnered rave reviews. 

In 2005 Sean and Bonnie moved to the east coast, eventually settling in upstate NY where they built a recording studio, and Sean began writing songs for the new album. A Wall Street Odyssey is truly a tale of our times. It is a commentary on Wall Street and it’s corrupting effects on the  individual. It reflects the resurging ‘back to the land’ movement and the growing unrest & distrust of the government in this post 9/11 era. Above all, it is a hero’s journey; a transformation through the darkness in these uncertain and often troubling times.

Source: Jay Taylor – The Precription PR

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