Joe Altier is JUST JOE.
Born and raised in Syracuse, Joe learned to play piano and started singing around the age of five. Taught to play and read music by his mother, Joe started taking formal piano lessons at the age of nine. RONNIE VAN ZANDT, OTIS REDDING, PHIL ANSELMO and ZAKK WYLDE are among his favorite singers. Discriminating against no style of music, classical, country, rock and heavy metal shaped who he would become. JUST JOE.
College educated with degrees in History and Audio Engineering, and a minor in Secondary Education. But from that early age, he felt that music was his true calling. In September, 2001 he became the singer for BRAND NEW SIN. They released three albums and one EP with worldwide distribution and they toured extensively across North America, Great Britain and Ireland as both headliners and support. They toured with some of the most recognizable names in heavy metal, including MOTORHEAD, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, TYPE O NEGATIVE and SHADOWS FALL. Their rock n' roll music was featured in the movie "School of Rock" and on the MTV television shows "Homewreckers" and "Viva La Bam." It was JUST JOE and then some.
An inside linebacker in college, Joe helped get their message cross over to the sporting world. BNS songs were featured on UFC and ESPN, and even the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment giant, THE BIG SHOW tapped Joe's soaring vocals with his bandmates for Show's entrance song, "Crank It Up." From college learning to worldwide touring to crossover media. It was JUST JOE.
During downtimes with BNS, Joe took up his piano and played clubs under the monicker BRAND NEW JOE. When he split from BNS, Joe developed a repertoire of more than 2500+ cover songs, ranging from FRANK SINATRA to METALLICA and everything imaginable in-between and has played to sold out houses up and down the east coast as JUST JOE.
In 2009, he hooked up with former BNS guitarist BRIAN "SLIDER" AZZOTO and formed ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN. After plenty of writing and rehearsing, and after a few shows to debut the material, the band went into the studio and have completed the recording of the debut album, “The Last Days Of Planet Earth”, which was released in September of 2011. Elephant Mountain has just recorded their new album and will be releasing it Spring/Summer of 2013. He's lent his vocal expertise to many local releases, and appears on MUSHROOMHEAD’s album, “Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children”, singing on the track “Holes In The Void”
And not to be outdone Joe has released three cd’s of original material, “JUST JOE SOLO EP” (December 2011), “My Demons, My Burden, My Life” (May of 2012) and “Got Joe?” (December of 2012). And now after a very successful Kickstarter campaign, Joe’s next album, “So The Story Goes…” was released in June 2013!! AND Elephant Mountain's sophomore album, "Birth Of A Conspiracy" was also released in December 2013!
Upstate New York born and bred. Southern rock influenced. College educated. Toured the world. Front man. Solo. JUST JOE.