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ALEX YACOVELLI (BMI)

is the Guitarist/Vocalist of the heavy Blues-Rock & Garage Band

NOT YOUR QUEENS ENGLISH,

a high energy “Power Quatro” from

New York City.


In addition to his work with #NYQE, Alex has released two albums as Solo Artist: Electri-Fi (2011) and the Sweet Nimbus Nothings EP (2009). Yacovelli writes for acoustic and electric guitar, keys, and voice. He “dabbles” on the drums. His music is driven by a love of the “raw” rock sound, heavy contrast, a gritty bluesy vocal, punk tones, and poetic lyrics.


GIGS HAVE INCLUDED:

Mercury Lounge, Arlene’s Grocery, Pianos, The Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, Bar Matchless, The Delancey, The National Underground, Don Pedros Brooklyn, Lucy’s, Fontanas, and Westchester’s 107.1 The Peak Pleasantville Music Festival. In 2008, Yacovelli had the privilege of playing with his idols, Weezer, at Madison Square Garden, as part of their finale’s Hootenanny Band.

BIO:

Born in the black and white suburb of Pleasantville, NY, Yacovelli was exposed to the radiant musical-theatrical scene of New York City at an early age. As a youth, he took interest in piano, voice, trumpet, and, ultimately, guitar. His father would often play folk and rock music after dinner in the backyard. At age 16, he got his first electric axe and things would never be the same. Shortly thereafter, a drum set was installed in the attic. The overhead light in the kitchen would shake and flash when he played.


In high school, Yacovelli was heavily involved in the theatre scene, dabbling in rock at the school talent shows. It was at this time that he was enamored by The Garage Rock Revival, acts such as The White Stripes, The Vines, The Hives, The Strokes, Lenny Kravitz, and Jet. This “new music” harkened back to some primal, almost tribal form of Rock & Roll. A child of the Napster Generation, Yacovelli hit the library for inspiration and new records. These after school trips would lead him to rock pioneers like The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf, Neil Young, and The Eagles. His high school girlfriend presented him with the Beatles‘ catalog, which was quickly absorbed.


After school, he would tune in to MTV’s TRL with acts like Green Day, Blink 182, RHCP, The Killers, and others, who would leave their mark on his ear. Other influences included his mom’s jazz, musical theatre (obviously), especially Rock Operas like The Who’s Tommy and Green Day’s American Idiot, and piano-rock storytellers like Billy Joel and Elton John.


Yacovelli attended New York University for Vocal Performance (Music Theatre), where he continued his performance training. At school, he met bandmates Darrell Dumas and Rick Martinez of Not Your Queen’s English. Years later, he encountered bassist Lauren Stockner at a show in Union Square.


In 2011, Yacovelli set out to record a DIY album, in the vein of his Garage Rock Revival idols. He dubbed the project Electri-Fi, a play on “electric” and “Lo-Fi,” though the fidelity came out better than anticipated. The album was recorded at his underground home garage studio, aka Studio 67, and an Indiana farmhouse, where he lived for about six months during an acting gig. The majority of instruments were played by Yacovelli and it has a more “rough around the edges” feel than its Acoustic-Pop predecessor, Sweet Nimbus Nothings EP.

INFLUENCES:
Led Zeppelin, Jack White, The Vines, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Chris Cornell, Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, Tom Morello, The Vines, The Hives, Jet, MUSE, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, The Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, CSNY, Neil Young, Beatles/Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Blur, Gorillaz, Lenny Kravitz, Green Day, Nirvana, Velvet Revolver, Guns & Roses, Louis XIV, Queens of the Stone Age, Pixies, Toadies, Jet, Jimi Hendrix, Weezer, David Bowie, The Zombies, to name a few


DISCOGRAPHY:

“Phoenix” by Not Your Queen’s English

Electri-Fi (2011)
Sweet Nimbus Nothings [EP] (2009)

Albums available on iTunes & BandCamp:
http://iTunes.AlexYac.com/
http://BandCamp.AlexYac.com

http://BandCamp.NYQEband.com



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LABEL/MGMT:
Currently Unsigned. Seeking Mgmt.