PUBLIC is a pop/rock trio from Cincinnati, Ohio that has spent the past few years touring the country as well as self-producing their infectious and unique brand of pop. John Vaughn (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Matthew Carter Alvarado (Bass/Synth/Vocals) and Ben Lapps (Percussion) originally met in their high school jazz orchestra, where they began organizing basement jam sessions while bonding over similar tastes in music ranging from classic rock and punk to disco and funk.
After gaining notable standing in their hometown, the band embarked on their first US tour with fellow Ohio natives Walk the Moon. PUBLIC has since gone on to support notable acts such as Twenty One Pilots, Jesse McCartney, Young The Giant, AJR, Ross and Rocky Lynch of R5’s new alt./pop group, The Driver Era, and most recently announced their upcoming tour with labelmates American Authors. PUBLIC has continued to gain recognition debuting their first ever music video on MTV and being featured in the likes of Kings of A&R, American Songwriter, Elvis Duran’s Morning Show on Z100, Nick Cannon’s Fresh Artist, and more. They band has also recently made their national television debut, performing “Make You Mine” on Live With Kelly and Ryan.
After being signed to management company Jonas Group Entertainment by Kevin Jonas Sr., PUBLIC gained attention from Island Records where they signed in July. The bands current single “Make You Mine” (newly mixed by Grammy Award Winners Chris Lord-Alge and mastered by Emily Lazar) exploded on TikTok when over 2.5 Million videos were made using the song on the app (making the track the #4 trending song on the platform) and has since spiked in streaming reaching new daily peaks with over 6 Million streams each week totaling over 50 Million streams to date.
The musical talents and charisma of PUBLIC truly come alive in their live show, turning their slick collection of pop songs into an arena-ready rock and roll show. Complete with intense guitar solos, daring acrobatics, and a truly electric connection with the crowd – the group continues to create and ever-growing fanbase wherever they go. By putting everything that they can into both the records they cut and the show they play, PUBLIC continually and consistently pushes the boundaries of their sound and what is expected of an up-and-coming artist.