By Ashley Bennett
MEMBERS & INSTRUMENTS:
Jackie Contreras (lead vocals); Sarah Lee (keyboard/back-up vocals); Adrian Umali (bass); Josh Sudario (drums); Shawn McClure (guitar); Sergio Garcia (guitar).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
Corona, Anaheim, Lake Elsinore, Mira Loma.
Surrender, self-released single (2011)
Jesus Christ, Coheed and Cambria, Between the Buried and Me, Thrice and anything that has ever incorporated jazz.
A group of musicians described as a “giant wall of talent” is far from your average old cover band. Then again, Amariah isn’t your average band at all. With a total of six band members the group supports that statement with six forces of musical nature, each contributing a unique sound of their own and combined into one single effort of pure rock.
“We like to know the music will hit the crowd on a different level,” says Sergio Garcia, one of the band’s guitarists. “Instead of simply bobbing your head, you get chills and the hair on your arms and back rise.”
It took a few years for this group to form. In fact it began with only three members: Shawn McClure, Adrian Umali and Josh Sudario, who all grew up with each other starting in middle school. Garcia soon came into the picture during high school, but no, it doesn’t stop there. Later on in a music class in community college Jackie Contreras and Sarah Lee ended the growth spurt of this band in 2010. Garcia notes, “When it comes down to the nitty gritty, school was the great conduit,”making the band’s name that much more suiting.
Garcia shares that Amariah is actually Hebrew for “said by God” or “promised by God.” Even if you may not believe in a bigger power out there, it can be agreed that some fate led this group together and it’s certainly worth the trip over to the The Wire to check out. The band is young, diverse and humble, too. “We love playing at The Wire. The sound there is awesome and they are some of the most down to earth dudes we’ve had the pleasure of working with. We expect nothing short of awesomeness from The Wire.”
Garcia left one last note of optimism, “We want to reach as many people as possible. Get as many hairs on arms and backs to rise as we possibly can! We’re hoping to have an EP done soon, and we can’t wait to share it with the world. We’re just normal people hoping to make a career out of what we love, reaching as many hearts and minds as we can.”
Amariah with Tweaked 4 Play and Failed to Study at The Wire, 247 N. 2nd Ave., Upland, (909) 985-9466; www.thewire247.com. Sat, Oct. 15. 7PM.