Sat - 7/19/08 Wilmington, NC Soapbox Laundro-Lounge
Sun - 7/20/08 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
Mon - 7/21/08 Atlanta, GA The Earl
Tue - 7/22/08 Nashville, TN The End
Wed - 7/23/08 Bloomington, IN Bear's Place
Thu - 7/24/08 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
Sat - 7/26/08 Minneapolis, MN Nomad Pub
Sun - 7/27/08 Madison, WI High Noon saloon
Wed - 7/30/08 Ypsilanti, MI Elbow Room
Thu - 7/31/08 Pittsburgh, PA Lava Lounge
All Music Guide “Crush Band” : http://blog.allmusic.com/2008/02/07/crush-band-xyz-affair
The New Yorker - “The XYZ Affair, the local little power-pop band that could”
Insound - “These unsigned guys rock undeniably catchy power-pop harmonies that border on euphoric. For fans of Weezer and Queen."
O My Rockness - “These guys construct a self-aware homage to guilty pleasure pop. And the thing is, the songs they write are really good.”
Spin.com - “radiate with charm, candor, and creativity"
Stereogum - "The Brooklyn power poppers deliver a perfect visual accompaniment to the rambunctious, anthemic "All My Friends": Nickelodeon stars of yesteryear."
New York Magazine - "...These four Bushwick kids aren't out to cause trouble with front man Alex Feder’s pitch-perfect whoa-oh-ohs or his fellow musicians' scrubbed-clean pop. These boys just want to have fun."
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.