Y-O-U

Y-O-U, also known as the Pleaserock collective, is a rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, probably most widely known for their collaborations with The Brothers Chaps on projects such as Strong Bad Sings and the karaoke music from strongbad email.exe, as well as for their spinoff group Yacht Rock Revue. In addition, the Chapmans animated a music video for Y-O-U’s song “LA Lindsay.”

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Originally from Indiana, the band relocated to Georgia in 2002. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2003. Their next LP, Flashlights, was released on compact disc in January 2007; however, as a promotional tactic, the entire album is also available as a free download via the band’s MySpace profile. After a final record was released in the summer of 2009, the band announced its retirement from recording and performing their original music as Y-O-U.

Y-O-U is also known for short mockumentaries available on their website, their MySpace page, and YouTube.

In December 2006, Y-O-U was named one of the Top 25 Best Bands on MySpace by Rolling Stone.[1]

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  • Live @ Eddie’s Attic 11.8.09 (2009)
  • A Yacht Rock Christmas: “Mele Kalikimaka”/”Christmas Vacation” single (2009)
  • Live at the Georgia Theatre (2012)
  • Yacht Rock Revue EP (2013)
  • Live in Boston (2019)
  • Hot Dads in Tight Jeans (2020)
  • Indianapolis Jones (2014)
  • Chaos and Light (2017)
  • Nick Niespodziani – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
  • Peter Olson – bass, keyboards, percussion, vocals
  • Mark Cobb – drums, keyboards, vocals
  • Mark Bencuya – keyboards, vocals (2008–present)
  • Eric Harlan Park – keyboards (2002–2004)
  • Matt Sonnicksen – guitar, keyboards (2000–2004)
  • Clay Cook – keyboards, guitar, banjo (2005–2006)

Y-O-U were officially dubbed “alias rockers” in early 2008 in a cover story by Southeast Performer Magazine, based on their many alter-ego groups which appear throughout Atlanta on a regular basis:

  • Three Dawgh Stephens (also spelled as Three Dog Stevens) is a “sandal-rock” comedy trio and the subject of one of Y-O-U’s mockumentary series. The band actually performs live in character (and in costume) outside of the filmed episodes. They have one song released online called “Furry Little Muskrat Woman.”
  • Constantly Awesome (formerly known as The Tupperware Party) is a cover band which plays mostly weddings and other private engagements.
  • The Yacht Rock Revue is a large ensemble which performs exclusively soft rock covers, mostly from the 1970s, inspired in part by the web series Yacht Rock. They play public and private concerts and charity events. Both the Yacht Rock Revue and Y-O-U (as themselves) once played at the same festival on the same day.
  • Please PleaseRock Me is a cover band focusing on the Beatles music, both group and solo.
  • Nigels With Attitude is an XTC cover band.
  • Uno Dos Tres Catorce is a U2 cover band.
  • The Ill-Eagles are an Eagles cover band.
  • Main Street Exiles are a Rolling Stones cover band.
  • Indianapolis Jones is a new original-music venture.
  • Nespo Johnny is the name Nick Niespodziani uses for solo appearances, in which he performs Y-O-U songs and new original work.
  • The Greater Vavoom is a funk/disco band.
  • Limozeen is a mock-glam metal band from the Homestar Runner universe; Y-O-U has performed as the band, with Matt Chapman singing lead, at two concerts so far.
  • Rock Fight is an audience-decided musical battle between tribute sets to two other artists (the competitors in the “fight”).
  • John Macentoeshka and the Mosseknuckles (defunct) was a Europop quintet which used to perform at random “pseudonymous” public appearances.
  • The Flying Wallabies (defunct), the subject of another mockumentary series, was not a band at all, but a “competitive” jump-roping team.

Despite the retirement of the original “Y-O-U” identity, the other active Pleaserock aliases continue to perform.

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