Wooooow. Everybody has been amazing! We have already reached our goal with a lot of time to spare, but we are definitely going to keep pushing. In truth, making an album from start to finish costs significantly more than our goal, which we set in place in the hopes that we would get help with a portion of the process (pressing and publicity, to be specific). You guys have been shockingly generous, and we hope you will continue to be generous until the project ends on November 14th! We are determined to make the new album our best work yet, and with your help its looking more and more possible to shoot for the stars. THANK YOU! Keep passing along the link until November 14th!
Tonight we’ll be playing our first show in Washington, DC in roughly a YEAR. That is an awfully long time and we’re super super excited to be coming back, particularly because the bill we’re joining is amazing. We’re appearing sandwiched between Casper Bangs and Deleted Scenes, both of whom are great. Show is at the Black Cat Backstage, $8, doors at 9. It’s going to be a wonderful night, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you there!
And just a reminder, this coming Monday is the final show in our Piano’s Residency. So far we’ve had an awesome time, come help us finish it off with a bang! More about that soon. For now, it’s time to hop in the van. Hooray!
Like Electric Light Orchestra scored by Queen while The New Pornographers look on, Brooklyn quartet XYZ Affair bring a dramatic flair to their gilded melodies. Frontman Alex Feder’s fluttering tenor and mannered delivery recall New Pornos’ Carl Newman, particularly when the backing harmonies swell. The band’s educationally themed debut full-length, A Few More Published Studies, matches its baroque pop style with lyrical richness, and the slightly precious air is leavened by chewy, propulsive rhythms.
“Hailing from Brooklyn, NY The XYZ Affair makes epic power pop with theatrical vocals and instrumentation. It’s a sunny sound with rich, four-part harmonies and driving guitars. Their latest album, A Few More Published Studies is a consistently upbeat, multi-layered and melodic collection of progressive power pop.
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There are untold multitudes of “next-big-thing” bands in Brooklyn, but The XYZ Affair actually deserve the title. We learned about their Weezer-meets-Arcade Fire indie pop via blog posts and their music video starring old-school Nickelodeon stars like Pete and Pete.
“While their arena-ready power pop is often a bit much for the smaller venues around NYC that The XYZ Affair usually play, Bowery Ballroom at least approaches the sort of open space (we’re talking ceilings over ten feet) that their sound demands.”
“With their second appearance… their excitement was obvious, and felt by everyone in the room. Lead singer Alex impressed the crowd not only with his impressive vocals and guitar playing, but by showing off some sick dance moves… This show definitely solidified my notion that he’s bound to become known as the Justin Timberlake of indie rock, as if there was any doubt.”
“The indie-rock show of the week features. . . Brooklyn’s XYZ Affair, which finds a middle ground between the Beach Boys and Queen.”
“The XYZ Affair, the local little power-pop band that could, has got a boost lately from a cheeky video of its song “All My Friends” that has proven popular on the Internet.”
“An unsigned band from here in Brooklyn, the XYZ Affair does quirk-pop incredibly well.”
“While tonight’s audience probably won’t feature the stellar ’90s-flashback cameos of the XYZ Affair’s vid for “All My Friends” (yes, that is Double Dare’s Marc Summers), there’s more than enough talent onstage to satiate. The Brooklynites have been steadily, if quietly, gathering acclaim, and it’s not for nothing. Their self-released debut, A Few More Published Studies, is rousing, literate indie rock, custom-made for swaying and singing along.”
– Leah Taylor