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Since forming in early 2011, Cities has been a band with one clear purpose – to make good music. Based out of Pasadena, CA, the band draws from a wide variety of musical experiences and the result is a refreshing mix of alternative rock and acoustic folk rock.
Lead singer and songwriter, Robert Oliver (Modesto/Redding, California), has been writing music since the age of the 13 and credits Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional as the reason he picked up a guitar. He is backed by the vocal harmonies of lead guitarist Andrew Moore (New Brunswick, Canada), who cites his main influences as Matt Thiessen, Project 86, and U2.
Hailing from the bloody mountains of the Appalachian Trail, also known as West Virginia, bass player Andrew Bottini injects an old school rhythm while citing influences ranging from Motown to The Clash. Finally, drummer Haruka Yamamoto has been keeping the beat since the age of eight and is a fan of Japanese drummer Takashi Numazawa and composer John Williams.
This musical diversity provides a dynamic sound and over the past year the band has been creating a musical mosaic that just keeps getting better. Cities has just released their first EP – "...and Sunsets" – and have been performing at different venues in LA.
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