Zachary Bernstein is a Long Islander by birth, but says he is a Western New Yorker at heart. He graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2005 with a degree in dramatic writing but has been pursuing a music career. The Bicycats, his one-man act, began toward the end of his college experience, and on his debut album, I Love You for Your Mind, Bernstein plays guitar, bass, ukulele, keyboards, marimba, banjo, drums and sings in nearly every song. Off that album, "Every Time We Say Goodbye" shows The Bicycats' light-hearted style and folk pop sound.
Bernstein says he self-produced I Love You for Your Mind to avoid jury duty while living in Rochester, New York this past summer. He says his songs touch on a range of subjects, such as "nepotism, socks, melting Ferris wheels and, sometimes, love." To keep the audience happy when he performs live, he says he only curses "when he really needs to" and uses his charm, vivacity and sense of humor.
For "Every Time We Say Goodbye (Not a Cole Porter Song)," a back-up vocal and co-production credit goes to Jon Samson, one of the many special guests on the album. The Bicycats have been touring all over the country since completing the album.