Cities of Origin: Lake Elsinore, Corona and Glendora.
Kindred Spirits: John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Bon Iver, Justin Nozuka, Mumford and Sons.
Frequents: The Wire (Upland).
If Damien Rice and Mumford and Sons came together and made an album it would sound similar to Me and The City. Starting out as the solo project of lead vocalist, David Matus, this band used the power of social media to come together and create some of the Inland Empire’s best indie-folk music. Matus initially wanted to create some kind of acoustic indie but his sound wasn’t complete until he and guitarist, Tim Alvarez, began writing together, creating their flawless alt-country sound. With the release of its first EP, Live Laugh Love, Me and The City has been booking a series of shows in both the Inland Empire and Los Angeles area. Recording their debut album with multi-platinum producer, Warren Huart, this band is on their way to stardom. With its high energy shows guaranteed to make you clap your hands and sing along, this arrangement of musicians is meant to be together, creating music that will out-do their predecessors. For recent shows and band updates visit their website and Facebook page.
How did your band get together?
Tim Alvarez: It’s kind of a long story but the short version is that David was playing solo stuff under the name Me and The City and was trying to put together a band. I had just moved to Corona and was looking for somebody to play with. Through the wonders of the internet, we met up and wrote a bunch of songs. When we finally were ready to bring it to the people, we got in contact with Taylor, again through the internet, and we knew we had something solid. And yes, that’s the short version.
What is the story behind the name of your band?
Alvarez: It really just breaks down to a story of a boy living in the city.
How do you describe your music?
Alvarez: Our songs definitely have a folk vibe to them, but with a progressive and alternative rock twist. When you hear our music, you’ll know what I mean.
What are your influences?
Alvarez: We are influenced by everything and everything has an impact on our sound, but bands like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers and Kings of Leon always find their way into our ears.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Alvarez: We always have upcoming shows. There are always shows being added so you just have to keep checking in to keep up to date.
What can fans expect from a live Me and The City performance?
Alvarez: You can definitely expect to clap your hands and stomp your feet. You will also have a great time and you will leave with a smile on your face. You can try to fight it, but then you’re just lying to yourself.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Alvarez: Talk to us! We love meeting new fans and hearing everybody’s stories on how they found us.