Ellicott City

A.J. Perdomo, lead vocals and bass; Cody Payne, guitar; Bryan Czap, guitar; Tyler Minsberg, drums

2006

alt-rock

Name Taken, Third Eye Blind, Bright Eyes, U2, Phil Collins, Explosions in the Sky

Though three of the band members just graduated from high school, the group has already been on three tours and recorded two EPs. The release party for the second EP, If You Could Only Keep Me Alive, is Sunday.

"We wanted to get a record deal and show labels that we were working hard," Payne said. "We thought it would impress them if we just put it together and went for it."