New York's The XYZ Affair has come a long way since lead singer Alex Feder's high school demos that make up their roots. Originally forming out of New York University's basketball Pep Band, the band solidified their current four person lineup – Feder on vocals and guitar, Chris Bonner on bass and backup vocals, Sam Rockwell on drums and backup vocals, and Russ Maschmeyer on guitar, keyboards, and backup vocals—just over two years ago, and has since been mastering the art of writing soaring arena rock colored with the duality of confident energy and boyish vulnerability.
With an affinity for four part harmonies, wall of sound fuzz guitars, big drums, and flashy guitar solos, the quartet has since birthed their triumphant debut A Few More Published Studies (recorded by Longwave's Shannon Ferguson, mastered by Aloha's TJ Lipple, mixed by Essex Green collaborator Britt Myers) to the liking of a growing legion of devotees.
Thanks in part to the band's fun, charming essence and raucous, understated sense of humor THE XYZ AFFAIR have only just begun to make their name known. Their career thus far has seen them self-releasing Studies, selling out New York City hotspot Mercury Lounge four times in the last year, and unleashing their viral video gem for the catchy album closer "All My Friends." The self-produced YouTube clip featuring cameos from Nickelodeon network personalities Marc Summers (former Double Dare host and Food Network personality), Jason Zimbler (Clarissa Explains It All), Danny Cooksey (Salute Your Shorts), and Michael Maronna ( The Adventures of Pete & Pete) was a major springboard for the band, garnering upwards of 15,000 views in the week of its debut with steady subsequent growth.
Far beyond the innate happiness and high energy of their songs, THE XYZ AFFAIR loves to keep you guessing, sporting an understated earnestness that sneakily shadows their explosive personality both on the stage and in the studio. Just as their songs ring out with a beckoning attitude, the music itself is beckoning to be brought to the masses.
US Winter Tour
2/20/2008 Cleveland OH Case Western U.
2/21/2008 Fort Wayne IN Mid City Grill
2/22/2008 Milwaukee WI Stonefly Tavern
2/23/2008 Minneapolis MN The Nomad Pub
2/24/2008 Chicago IL Beat Kitchen
2/25/2008 Des Moines IA Vaudeville Mews
2/26/2008 Lawrence KS Bishop Seabury Academy
2/27/2008 Omaha NE Waiting Room
2/28/2008 Denver CO The Hi Dive
2/29/2008 Salt Lake City UT Kilby Court
3/1/2008 Boise ID Neurolux
3/2/2008 Seattle WA The Comet
3/3/2008 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
3/4/2008 San Francisco CA Hemlock Tavern
3/5/2008 Visalia CA Howie & Son's Pizza
3/7/2008 Santa Cruz CA The Crepe Place
3/8/2008 Los Angeles CA El Cid
3/10/2008 El Paso TX Q8 Cafe
3/12/2008 Dallas TX The Cavern
3/13/2008 Austin TX
3/14/2008 Austin TX
3/15/2008 Austin TX
3/16/2008 Austin TX
3/17/2008 Tulsa OK The Continental
3/19/2008 Cincinnati OH Southgate House
3/20/2008 Dayton OH Nite Owl
3/21/2008 Toronto ON Drake Hotel
3/22/2008 Waterloo ON Trepid House Party
3/24/2008 Burlington VT Nectar's