Hometown: Catonsville

Current members: Matt Pless, acoustic guitar and vocals; Zac Pless, drums; Nick Camp bass; Rob Horner, lead guitar

Founded in: 2004

Style: punky folk rock

Influenced by: Green Day, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Eminem, Tupac Shakur

Notable: Pless said his solo debut, Requiems for Wishing Wells, is "a soundtrack for a dying dream." He and the full band will tour New England in support of it this fall, he said.

Quotable: "I like to kind of change the traditional image of the singer/songwriter John Mayer type because it's all kind of the same old hat right now," Matt Pless said. "That's a cool sound and all, but it's never been what I'm really into. I'd rather do something with a little more bite."

For more information about the band, visit mattpless.com



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