I'm from Long Island, NY. Born and raised. Made the exodus from Flushing, Queens eastward to Suffolk County as many of my baby boomer cronies did when our Moms and Dads got tired of "city living" back in the late 60's, early 70's...and were looking for a less congested and slower paced area to raise a family. The suburbs, as Nassau and Suffolk County are known, we're just what they were looking for. Affordable housing, new schools, lower taxes and tightly knit communities that had no shortage of kids, open spaces, Parks and undeveloped wooded areas for them to play in, and good jobs to available for men to support their families.
The reason why is a bit of a mystery, but Long Island is also a veritable hot bed of musical talent and those who have made their mark in the industry have done so in an incredible variety of musical styles. All one needs to do is wiki "Long Island Musicians", and the list of success stories is a mile long. Joan Jett, Blue Oyster Cult, Eddie Money, Twisted Sister, etc. etc…
Of all the famous and enduring "rock stars" that hailed from this little fish shaped Island just East of NYC and South of CT, one stands out head and shoulders above them all as the DEFINITIVE Long Island musical success story.
His music both lyrically and melodically defines Long Island life. When a Billy Joel song is played, whether it be on the radio, in a bar, at a hotel piano lounge, or by any of the 1000's of "cover bands" that perform every night on Long Island, people pause for a second or two and pay attention... It's something that's reserved for when a listener/fan recognizes something as "their own". When lyrics hit so close to home at times that they can make the listener smile, or weep... When the music can make someone dance uncontrollably or remain completely motionless in anticipation of hearing their favorite part of the song... WHEN THE ARTIST CAN STILL SELL OUT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN on a monthly basis for the past 3 years, there's a special connection between the music Billy Joel has created, and the place he was born... Long Island NY.
"Angry Young Men" understand that connection better than most. Each member of the latest tribute to the music of Billy Joel hails from Long Island. His entire catalogue is metaphorically "embedded in their souls, as well as "encoded in each of their DNA."
Fronted by long time "Piano Man", and original artist in his own right, Dean James Silva, the 6-piece band is rounded out by Lee Nelson on Drums and Vocals, Frank Tassielli on Bass and Vocals, Brian McKeever on Guitars, Annie Moston on Harmonies and Percussion, and Doug Leax on Keyboards/Synths/Strings/Sax etc...
In the grand scheme of "all things Billy Joel", there's no shortage of Billy Joel tribute bands worldwide... At present, the count is around 25 of them. HOWEVER, having 3 of the most notable BJTB's on the planet (not to mention BJ himself) in such close proximity, Angry Young Men knew that being Long Islanders and starting yet ANOTHER BJTB, they'd REALLY have to come to the proverbial "table" and sound amazing... or not bother at all. Coming to the table is something they have done astonishingly well.
The drive behind the band is Dean James Silva's and his unwavering motivation to be the best at everything he does. Having "come up" with the likes of good friend Mike DelGiudice (Big Shot front man and a member of Billy Joel's performing band) as well as members of Nine Days, Good Rats, and countless other notable Long Island success stories, he's hell bent on making up for lost time... and it shows. All one needs to do is experience an AYM show and the precise emulation of Billy Joel's studio versions come through loud and clear. The band is connected to the music they play on many levels. One might say that growing up Long Islanders, they were "born with it".
The band will be performing live quite a bit in the Fall/Winter 2016-17. The schedule page and their Facebook page (http://www.Facebook.com/AngryYoungMen) has performance dates listed. You can also check out some of the Dean James Silva Bands' original material on iTunes.
If you're a fan of Billy Joel, and you like completely live music, no samples, tracks, or studio magic… Angry Young Men is a great band to see! Catch them before they're not a secret anymore...!