ALESSANDRO ZANELLI (vocals)
It's taken for granted, and nobody is taking the time to listen to musicians like Frank Zappa anymore," says singer Alessandro Zanelli.
"We try to do songs that are concise and then we try and do songs that are more experimental," says Zanelli
When the band moved on to high school, they met Zanelli and, soon after, drummer Adam Akpinar, who previously logged time playing in a punk band.
knew they were on the right track when, after opening for O.A.R., the band gave them big props.
"They told us, 'You guys are ten times better than we were when we were your age,'" says Zanelli
"They said, 'Keep playing.
You can absolutely make this happen.'"
explores ideas of youth and love with heartfelt, poetic introspection.
"I'm exploring themes of growing up," says Zanelli
"I've gained this awareness that sometimes you'll have difficult things going on around you but you have to learn how to deal with it and I do it with my lyrics.
No matter where he
, whose classically trained voice ranges from a gentle lilt to a ferocious bark, is always fine-tuning his
While backpacking across the world - including a harrowing trip from Southern Argentina to Peru - he
came up with the key melody to "Eye to Eye" on a boat ride in the middle of the Amazon River.
"I just started singing the words," says Zanelli
"It just sort of popped into my head.
Spontaneous creative bursts like those happen to every other member of the band.
"Every moment, we're always thinking about writing music," he
- Adam Akpinar (drums), Alric 'AC' Carter (keys/organ), Charlie Dolan (bass), Matt Jalbert (guitar/vocals) and Alessandro Zanelli
(vocals) - hail from Oyster Bay, Long Island, and have built an impressive local following, opening for O.A.R, performing at the Gathering of the Vibes festival alongside Buddy Guy and Bob Weir & Ratdog
, and being featured on Fuse TV.