Kara's Flowers was the name of band that came to be Maroon 5. Formed in Los Angeles, California, the heavily alternative rock and power pop influenced group consisted of Adam Levine (vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (guitar), Mickey Madden (bass) and Ryan Dusick (drums). That would be Maroon 5's original line-up, with the addition of guitarist and songwriter James Valentine.
The members of Kara's Flowers had been friends since attending junior high school in Los Angeles, California at Brentwood School when, in 1995, they formed a grunge band named for a girl they sneaked flowers to on her birthday. They played their first gig on September 16, 1995, at the 'Whisky A Go-Go'. Perhaps as a sign of the smooth pop rock and rnb sounds that the group would later take in as Maroon 5, Kara's Flowers evolved to more and more of a modern rock and power pop sound as it played on.
The band signed with Reprise Records and released its first and only album, 'The Fourth World', in the middle of 1997. Despite support slots on tours by Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger, the album failed to take off commercially up to expectations. Still, it garnered a large fan following and praising critical reviews. In 1999, the band parted company with Reprise Records. During the 2000 to 2001 period, the band incorporated guitarist and songwriter James Valentine, wrote a batch of new songs, and adopted a new name. Over the 00s and 10s, the work released under the Kara's Flowers title has continued to be promoted by fans.
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