Hailing from the streets of New York's Lower East Side, Jonny Lives! birthed from the same scene as bands like the Strokes, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Interpol, and the Mooney Suzuki, combining garage rock elements with musical cues taken from Brit-pop and the '60s and '70s N.Y.C. punk scene to produce their own anthemic soundtrack to the city nightlife. Boasting a love of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Who, vocalist/guitarist Jonny Dubowsky -- who graduated with honors from NYU in literature and philosophy -- also took influence from writers like Walt Whitman and Marcel Proust. Classically trained in piano from a young age and picking up guitar at age 12, Dubowsky began hooking up with various musicians in the burgeoning LES scene by his early twenties. Making connections and playing with bands like Luscious Jackson, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and Elwood, he eventually began writing songs that would become Jonny Lives!