A Brief History of the Bonazzoli Band
For over 25 years Matthew Bonazzoli and been writing, performing and recording music. After studying voice to perfect his technique he began to gradually develop his own unique style. His first recordings were with the critically acclaimed heavy alternative art-rock band Innocent Victim where he co-wrote the compositions with his brother, guitarist Damian Bonazzoli. Following this Matthew branched off on his own and formed his new band Gearhead. Says Matthew “the idea behind Gearhead was to combine modern rock with 1960’s acid rock and a smooth Roy Orbison vocal technique and blend it into accessible, catchy songs”. The formula worked and the band played all over the New England club circuit from the late 1990’s until 2004. The band recorded two award winning albums and won titles such as Artist of the Year 1999, Album of the Year 2001 and Live Act of the Year 2002.
In this period Matthew also took the time to record the Alternative Art Rock album Fragments with his brother Damian as well as to score two independent films.
In 2004 Matthew moved to Florida and a chance meeting with fellow transplant and pianist Patrick Thompson led to the next evolution in the Gearhead sound and would be the foundation of The Bonazzoli Band. Patrick is a rag time piano player right out of the Roaring 1920’s. The two found a shared interest in 1940’s swing as well and after a few impromptu jam sessions the two realized they had a brand new sound.
After two years of working on the style, the band went into the studio to record the first Bonazzoli Band album titled Quiet Little Towns. This record was The best of 20th Century Music combined into a 21st Century alternative. Songs contained hints or Rock, Blues, Swing, and Country. After two years of live dates the band, now a seven member outfit including Damian Bonazzoli was ready to record their second album. For this record Matthew decided to record and produce the album himself.
In 2013 they released the “Artistic Triumph” titled American Ghost Stories and began playing the festival circuit to support it. American Ghost Stories found the band running full speed on all cylinders and attracting new fans all over the US and Europe. Fans aged from teens to senior citizens find something to love in this new music.
The Bonazzoli Band is currently back in the studio in 2015 recording their third album of original material set to be released in early 2016.