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The best kept secret in music


"-excerpt from review of PASSERBY in THE BIG TAKEOVER"

"Passerby is the brainchild of art-world composer Michael Vecchio. Throw on this debut album and you'll hear sophisticated pop songs that owe as much to Britpop (think Pulp and early Supergrass) as they do to The Shins. Vecchio successfully combines a wide range of elements to make a coherent and distinctive record in the same way that Beck's 'Midnite Vultures' or Blur's 'Modern Life Is Rubbish' did...." - The Big Takeover


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


New York City band Passerby scores raves with the critics and punters alike, and after only a year making waves in the downtown music scene have accumulated the kind of following that makes the industry reps sit up and take notice.

With shows in New York's favorite venues and a tour of Australia lined up for Fall 2006, it's no wonder The Big Takeover calls Passerby "one up-and-coming New York band to keep your eye on."

Passerby's insightful lyrics have garnered comparisons to Pulp and Blur, while their sound is a result of the unique marriage between envelope-pushing electronica and wonderfully catchy pop/rock hooks reminiscent of Beck and Junior Senior. Such diverse comparisons speak to the band's dynamic accessibility, and to the sophisticated musicianship of frontman and songwriter Michael Vecchio.

Passerby is Vecchio's pet project, having honed his skills as musical go-to guy for art world darling Haluk Akakce of Deitch Projects. As part of Akakce's installations Vecchio's musical scores have been heard and acclaimed the world over in galleries from The Whitney Museum and P.S. 1/MOMA in New York to the Sao Paolo Bienal.

As edgy pop with a point of view, Passerby is right on time.