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At the hedonistic peak of Britpop, Gene’s more melancholic, Smiths-influenced strains were a lad-free anomaly.

The obviousness of their influences would ultimately be their downfall, but their first Top 20 single (and title track of their debut LP), Olympian (1995), injected genuine heart into a scene that was, at times, becoming a caricature of itself.

Splitting on a relative high in 2004, having logged the biggest online audience of the early internet era for a streamed show from LA’s Troubadour, guitarist Steve Mason and drummer Matt James continued in music, forming Palace Fires.

Martin Rossiter moved to Brighton to manage ATM Studios. He released his debut solo album in December 2012.

Martin Rossiter
Steve Mason
Kevin Miles
Matt James