The State of Matteo

A group founded in Manhattan, NY by Cole Lumpkin, Matteo Vitale and Joey Fierro. Well known around New York. We have been inspired with music throughout our whole lives. Music has brought us happiness, sadness, helped us through sick and tradgedies.


&mpersand is a band based in New York City, formed at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue. The band was originally created by Youtube pop/soul duo Paul Pasion and Reisha Cadelina, who attracted their fans with their velvety harmonies and quirky mash-ups. Cadelina, who is pursuing a B.A degree in music, then met drummer/songwriter Renee Hikari. The trio immediately clicked and started to make originals with a twist of pop, rock, blues and funk. The impeccable chemistry between the members thus initiated the start of &mpersand's career.

There was a time when rock and roll wasn't just another musical genre, it was an attitude. A way to give voice to the voiceless in times of despair, passion, heartbreak, and rage. It was the limbo that guttural sex and violent drug abuse danced in through a reckless journey to a loud decay. It was a beautiful bomb.

As Dylan would say, "the times they are a-changin'". And although it's not likely the world will ever see another Hendrix or Zeppelin, there are still those who believe in the dark glory days of rock.

Yearning for those dog-days is The VeeVees. This two man rock band from Brooklyn has little concern for anything other than creating raw, truthful, visceral music. Frontman Garrett Cillo first met powerhouse drummer, Andrea Belfiore, at an underground masquerade on Halloween night in New York City's Chinatown, circa 2011.

Cillo, being an avid songwriter, was immediately drawn to Andrea's incredible adaptability with any composition thrown his way. The duo hammered on, quickly garnering an exciting ten song set. From that set, the band pushed for their debut EP, hooking up with versatile Producer/Engineer Ben Rice of Degraw Studios. The VeeVees along with Mr. Rice arose from the studio with a strong debut aptly titled, "Tell Me It's Electric".

The sound of the EP emulates a grooving, infectious and heavy nature, setting an exhilarated mood. It's one you can turn on late at night in the confines of your own bed to visualize and replay your own personal fantasies. This original soundtrack seems to be the mere kickoff to a long, prosperous journey among The VeeVees' rocking vessel. If "Tell Me It's Electric" is any indication of what's to come for these vicious Brooklynites, then hold on to your sanity and keep your arms and legs inside the coaster at all times.



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