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Onetime 'garage band' makes its exit to the fast lane

By: Adam Schifter

May 5, 2008   

Every generation has had its share of garage musicians—friends who jammed in the garage or mom’s basement, and got lucky if they captured a show.

They are essentially nothing new. Today, though, many bands are changing the image of what it means to be a garage band, among them Tempe’s Sound the City.

Consisting of Corona del Sol student and founder Michael Amorosia, along with Wyatt Larkin, Andy Robinson, Nathan Boone and Curtis Douglas, all from CdS, Mountain Pointe or Desert Vista high schools, the group has earned a rightful ranking among some of the Valley’s up-and-coming musicians.

Their website alone has garnered more than 60,000 hits, and the three songs posted have about 10,000 listens combined.

According to Amorosia, each member brings his own sound and style to the group, which together gives them their unique sound.

“Our sound varies from almost each member and each song. We have a style all our own. With our catchy guitar riffs and catchy hooks, there is no other band that sounds like us.”

The path to their success today hasn’t been easy though. Formed in 2007, the group has already experienced multiple member- and name-changes.

Originally recognized as “De Amor,” the group decided to change its name when member Larkin was added. Later that same year, they finished their transformation when Boone and Douglas were added.

After all these changes, it seems that they have finally found the right chemistry and are well on their way to better shows and bigger audiences.

They have already played multiple shows around the Valley and state, with the pinnacle being a show put on by AZ Teen magazine at Tempe Marketplace in front of 800 people.

Their next show is May 3 at the Hotbox on Pecos Road.

“We work extremely hard to bring that extra ‘oomph’ in the live show, so it’s definitely worth coming out to see us,” said Amorosia.

The show will be a part of their new EP release, which officially hits the streets on May 6.

For more information regarding Sound the City or their shows check out their website at


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