With influences such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Beatles and Prince it comes as no surprise that Maroon 5 have excelled in their passion and become the pop rock sensation that they are today.
Standing on the mobile stage in their local bar as drunken men slur along the lyrics of their latest track, which they thought up whilst knocking back gin in an old dusty garage. These are just the blurred memories of Kara’s flowers that Maroon 5 carry with them.
Jessy Carmichael, Mickey Madenn, and Adam Levine were just in their 20's when they formed their first band, Kara's Flowers. The reformation of Maroon 5 came about in 1999 after the split of Kara’s Flowers. Kara’s Flowers came together in 1991 but were short lived and split in 1998 after releasing just one album of which only 5000 have been bought since. Many rumours escalated for the reasons of their split and it is still unknown. One girl who has followed Maroon 5 through their ups and downs expressed how:
Kara’s Flowers “were too young and musically weren’t ready.”
Change is inevitable whilst growing up however there is no doubt in saying that it came as a surprise when the boys bounced back in 2001. They had formed a whole new look, sound and attitude. Maroon 5 was born. Adam Levine, Jessy Carmichael and Mickey Madden were joined by Matt Flynn and James Valentine in the musical group, instantly bonding after being inseparable in high school. As they were all old friends, they clicked instantaneously and bonded emotionally as well as musically.
After much hard work and commitment they released their first album, Songs About Jane, in 2002. However it wasn’t until 2003 that one of their singles actually became popular. ‘Harder to Breathe’ and ‘This Love’ both got a spot on the top 10 They took on many different audiences, ranging from OAP’s to young pop-rock wannabe’s. Their songs spread like a rash; they became more and more popular each day as they excelled in the charts. This resulted in them being awarded MTVs New Best Artist award in 2004 after their single “Harder To Breather” hit the number one spot in 2003 and their second single “This Love” got into the top 10. Later on that year, they also picked up an award for ‘World’s Best New Group’.
As the years have gone by, technology has developed and the band members have gotten older. With this, their musical attributes change too. Maroon 5’s music has changed exceptionally, yet it still has that ever growing burning passion it has always had. Stacey, 27, has been a fan since the very beginning of Kara’s Flowers and followed them through to where they are now she said:
“I like all of their music but I like their more recent sound more, it’s more upbeat and up to date.” In comparison to their gigs a few years back, the gigs Maroon 5 are performing now are phenomenal. It is safe to say that Maroon 5, as a whole, have it all when it comes to performing. They let their confidence shine and their skills burst, they even add a few dance moves here and there. Each and every one of them has absolutely sensational stage presence.
Lisa, 17, and a group of friends travelled all the way to Glasgow from Liverpool a few months back just to experience the band live after falling in love with their latest album. Lisa said
“As the smoke drew thin, their figures became clear. Electricity ran through their audience; their crowd; their followers. It was magical.”