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Joe, Marc's Brother

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There’s almost no point in attempting to pigeonhole Joe, Marc’s Brother at any one musical moment. This trio can veer from mind-blowing three part harmonies that would make Brian Wilson shiver to an ear-splitting psychedelic freakout in just a few bars. They seem to take almost every style of popular Western music from the last fifty years and throw it into a blender, without a hint of sarcasm, mimicry, or presumption. These guys are well aware of the fine line that divides genius and hilarity, and their vision only seems to grow clearer with time.

The long and winding road for these boys began in New Jersey. Joe Pisapia (guitar, vocals) and his younger brother Marc (drums, vocals) grew up playing music together before parting ways for college. At school, Joe started a group known as 23 Skidoo with pal Steve Ward. After graduation, the two, along with Marc on drums, made a startling record of Joe’s material, which has yet to see the light of day. It was quirk-pop, old time swing, and country mixed together; perfect autumn music with a shimmering layer of guitars and harmonies. The material found its way into the hands of Nashville muso Rick Clark, who convinced the Pisapia brothers their place was in Tennessee.

So the journey went. The Pisapias made their way down south in 1994, and over the next few years would establish themselves as THE band to see in Music City. Along with the help of bassist Pete Langella, and later, singer/guitarist David Mead, the quartet played a balls-to-the-wall brand of jaw-dropping guitar pop that found a meeting place for the Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Cole Porter, and early Flaming Lips.

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