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Though known for its vibrant music scene, Ithaca NY is a relative fishbowl musically, often keeping its boundless talents within city limits for nobody outside the local scene’s elite to hear. Meet the fish that jumped out of the water.

The New York Rock has been one of the city’s shining stars since its founding in February 2008 by Mike Brindisi (Guitars/Vocals) and John O’Leary (Keyboards). Began as a dream of Brindisi on the streets of Manhattan, the dream behind the New York Rock started with handfuls of change in the bottom of a guitar case following a brief stint on Saturday Night Live and a rough runaround in Nashville, when a trip down south after high school ended with “a broken heart, empty pockets and another tough lesson learned.” MORE >

Mike Brindisi & The New York Rock

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MEET THE NEW YORK ROCK

  Mike Brindisi (Lead Vocals / Guitars)
Entertaining since his high school days in Herkimer, NY, Brindisi has already maintained a lengthy career in entertainment with a diversity rarely seen in the industry today. Getting his start in music as a teenager, Brindisi soon found himself in New York City, splitting time between Saturday Night Live, big league stand-up in the city’s comedy clubs and independent acting, appearing everywhere from MTV2 to the stage to the 2013 film, “The Thin Line.” Now committed fully to The New York Rock, he still finds a way to make himself heard, hosting a show on Ithaca indie station 96.7 The Vine from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.
     
  John O'Leary (Keyboards)
A prominent member of the Ithaca business community, O’Leary grew up in nearby Trumansburg, where he grew his voice playing in bands all throughout college. A founding member of the band, O’Leary provides a distinctive voice, lending an artistic flair to the band’s sound seemingly absent from modern rock & roll.
     
  Darrell Harrington (Bass)
A veteran of the national touring circuit, Harrington found his way into the ranks of the New York Rock after stints with Ithaca metal legends Bone Jar and national touring band Superjack. A native of nearby Groton, Harrington has now managed to make a name for himself less than a dozen miles from home.
     
  Chris Spadolini (Drums)
A relative prodigy growing up, Spadolini has played live drums on stage since the age of 8, where he played drums for a sold-out crowd at one of Harrington’s shows with Bone Jar. A one-time attendee of the prestigious Berklee School of Music, Spadolini cut his teeth playing with numerous bands in high school and has maintained a dedicated following on YouTube for both his drum and guitar covers. He first auditioned for the band back in ’09, but was denied because of his youth.
     
 

MUSIC

 


One More Trip Around The Sun
(2015 Jimmie Award - Best EP)


Taste

(EP Released 2013)


Counting Pennies
(Album Released 2009)

🎵 Passfire 🎵 🎵 Show You 🎵 Blur
🎵 Away 🎵 🎵 Come Around 🎵 🎵 Words 🎵
🎵 Let It Go 🎵 🎵 Taste 🎵 🎵 Crawl 🎵
🎵 Tell Me Why 🎵   🎵 Smothered 🎵
🎵 Book Wide Open 🎵   🎵 Trailer Park Girl 🎵
🎵 One More Trip Around The Sun 🎵    

MEET THE BAND

 

THE PASSFIRE SESSIONS
(2015 DOCUMENTARY)