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.
After a 5 year hiatus, Matthew returned with a new lineup, new band and new home state. Now based in Florida, The Bonazzoli Band was launched. Combining the best of 20th Century music into a 21st Century alternative the new lineup plays a mix of rock, country, swing and blues and has released six critically acclaimed albums.