Pittsburgh rockers, Gene the Werewolf started making music together in early 2007. Though the band has only been together for a few years, the five members have collectively played music and toured all over the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Japan for over a decade. Agreeing that they wanted “to play music that was as Ridiculous as it was Awesome,” the guys teamed up and Gene The Werewolf was born.
“The concept of this band is that people can go out to a rock show and have fun like they used to before the scene became all about hot dudes with tight abs and no talent being in the spotlight,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Gene (né Jon Belan from the band Punchline). Drummer Nick Revak and Gene have been playing in bands together for over 15 years and with the addition of guitarist Drew Donegan, keyboardist Aaron Mediate, and bassist Tim Schultz, Gene The Werewolf became complete.
In May of 2008, Gene The Werewolf recorded their first full-length album “Light Me Up” at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, OH with producer Jamie Woolford (The Gin Blossoms, Let Go, and The A.K.A.’s). Woolford, who flew out from his home in Tempe, AZ to work with the group in Ohio, also sang for the bands The Stereo (Fueled By Ramem) and Let Go (Militia Group). Gene describes the album as “one half Kiss, one half The Darkness, and one half Foo Fighters.” He adds, “Yes, we know that makes 3 halves. But we don’t care, that’s how we do things around here!”
Gene The Werewolf has been selling out small rooms and packing large venues at their shows for about a year now, creating a huge fan base in and around their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. In 2008, they played at the annual Pittsburgh Homegrown Hoo Ha festival, which brought in over 12,000 in attendance. They have also played in front of massive audiences opening for many celebrated acts including Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, MxPx, Donnie Iris, The Clarks and more. All of their shows have been met with resounding success with their first performance at Pittsburgh’s Club Café in October of 2007 selling out in 20 minutes. Since then it has been one great show after another.
Gene The Werewolf will be releasing their debut album “Light Me Up” on Oct 20th, 2009 and have already sold 3,000 copies of a 2-song sampler at their live shows. To correspond with the release, the band shot a video for their song “Superhero” with Pittsburgh director Thom Glunt (Anti-Flag, Driver Side Impact).