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The XYZ Affair first gained attention via YouTube, where the music video for “All My Friends” — a nostalgic combination of Nickelodeon alumni and attractive co-eds — generated a heap of viral buzz. Such success was at least partially generated by Marc Summers, who played the video’s antagonist and doused the band in slime during the final chorus. Nevertheless, it was hard to overlook the fact that “All My Friends” was actually a solid song, with vocal harmonies and arena rock guitars that evoked the same retro appeal as the accompanying video. The remainder of XYZ Affair’s debut, A Few More Published Studies, was similarly strong. Songs like “Little Fool” and “Ideals” packed their poppy punch without the aid of a viral hit, and the falsetto-friendly Alex Feder gleefully pitched his melodies up and down the treble clef, often leaping into areas unvisited by less adventurous singers. Internet sensations are almost always a dime a dozen, but the XYZ Affair actually had the goods to back up the hype, making A Few More Published Studies a success story regardless of the band’s YouTube, Rovi

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Boasting an arsenal of bright guitar hooks and four-part harmonies, the Brooklyn-based XYZ Affair made waves in 2006 with the independent release of A Few More Published Studies. The band had formed five years prior as the solo project of vocalist/guitarist Alex Feder, who later expanded the group with the addition of several NYU classmates. Russ Maschmeyer (keyboards, guitar), Sam Rockwell (drums), and Chris Bonner (bass) all climbed aboard, and XYZ Affair began crafting tight power pop songs in...
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