Thursday, May 08, 2008

New Artist Spotlight: Boyce Avenue

My favorite new band of late, Boyce Avenue.

Boyce Avenue, a Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and constant drive toward a melody- and harmony-driven rock sound, consists of the three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano, and Stephen Hatker. The band first came together in 2000, when Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Fabian (guitar, vocals), then 14 and 16 years old, respectively, started playing guitar. Within 3 months, Alejandro and Fabian took to the stage with their older brother Daniel (bass, percussion, vocals), then 20 years old, to perform before an audience of over 350 at a Pine View High School show. This would be the first of many public performances for the band at the school where its members had all been students together throughout their childhoods.

Upon Alejandro's graduation from high school, he joined Fabian at the University of Florida, in Gainesville, where the band refined its signature sound playing out in traditional venues like Market Street and Side Bar, primarily with the help of drummer-friend Stephen Hatker, formerly of Code 55. In October of 2006 and the months that followed, the band recorded its first three singles at Nickel and Dime Studios near Atlanta, Georgia. The band qualified as a Southeast Semifinalist in the 2007 IMWS competition; "All The While" was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2007 International Songwriting Competition, and as one of twelve Lennon Award Winners in the 2007 John Lennon Songwriting Contest; and "Find Me" was selected as a Finalist in the Pop category for the U.S.A. Songwriting Competition.

Their debut album, titled “All You’re Meant To Be,” was released by Boyce Avenue on March 25, 2008, and the physical version is available worldwide exclusively through, while the download versions can be found on iTunes/

[Source: Boyce Avenue's official MySpace artist page]

Download their music here:

Buy their debut album here:

View the video promo for Boyce Avenue's new album.

View Boyce Avenue's acoustic cover of Linkin Park's song "Shadow of the Day," which is much better than the original with regard to the vocals (no surprise.)


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