New York pop-rock outfit TV/TV: meet young Josh Ocean, Matt Walczak, Doc Holliday, and Camille Olivier -- all friends from Manhattan, Brooklyn, North Jersey, and even Fire Island. TV/TV is New York - one listen to the band's forthcoming EP entitled Not Enough Red and you will understand. But when the band originally started in a small East Village apartment with a residency at well known New York club Pianos, little did they know where their journey would take them...
"Opening up for a band like The Bravery in our hometown, for one example, has really put in to perspective for us what it means to be a seasoned mainstream rock band that can tastefully combine elements of Indie and Pop" says bassist, Matt Walczak.
To imagine the band’s current sound, think The Killers and The Bravery with the extroversion of Jet and the Rolling Stones, that delicate balance between indie and power pop and you've got TV/TV.
In late 2007, TV/TV released their debut EP Something To Get Excited About, which they recorded with power-producer duo Zach and Kenneth (All Time Low, Mayday Parade, Cartel) at Treesound studios in Atlanta. With the success of the release on iTunes, growing popularity in and around New York City and multiple sold out shows at The Knitting Factory and Bowery Ballroom -- both legendary venues in NYC -- it was clear that TV/TV was poised to become something special.
In late 2008, the press caught on, and the boys were featured in Seventeen, Pop Star, Billboard, Alternative Press, Blackbook, Amp and Substream, to name a few. Additionally, TV/TV earned placement on MTV's The Hills, The Real World, E! Channel's Living Lohan and Flash Gordon. EA Sports asked TV/TV to supply a track for the NHL 2009 video game as one of the game’s main mantras, and, as if that wasn’t enough, the band packed up and hit the road to "do it the right way" as singer Josh Ocean puts it.
After nearly two months on the road and an even better live show than before, TV/TV headed home for their first attempt at headlining prestigious New York venue, the Highline Ballroom. Earlier that week, MTV approached front man Josh Ocean to appear on hit reality show MADE. Josh’s mission: to turn a young girl into a rock star. Taping for the show kicked off that very weekend, just in time for MTV’s cameras to roll on the Highline performance. The show sold out long before the band took the stage as all of America was watching, marking a major turning point in the band's career. And it doesn’t look like things will slow down anytime soon.
The buzz was so intense that festival mogul Kevin Lyman caught wind of the band and asked them to be a part of the 2009 Van's Warped Tour’s full schedule. When the band played the kickoff party in early 2009, Lyman even stated in his press conference that Katy Perry was the act to break on his tour in 08', and TV/TV was one of the next acts to take the big step.
In early 2009, the band played a full week of SXSW showcases in Austin to packed clubs before heading for the west coast to record their second release with tastemaker artist and producer Bleu McAuley (Jonas Brothers, Boys Like Girls) and mega-mixer Mark Needham (The Killers). The result? An EP of stadium-level rock songs slated to be released on June 30th via Itunes worldwide, Rhapsody, Emusic and Smartpunk. Early 2009 also found the boys at 1 and 2 on AOL Music’s Top 40 chart as well as 5 and 6 on Billboard’s AOL Music Total Monthly Streams chart. In mid-June, AOL honored TV/TV by naming them a band “About To Pop.”
Seeing the global reaction to the band's music, TV/TV decided to devote the next few years supporting the new release, first by hitting the road with the Van's Warped tour for the next three months of summer and then by finalizing plans to tour the UK in Fall. "It has been the plan since day one to make this an internationally touring act," manager Lucas Keller says.