They’ve played sold-out shows at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre, showed off their chops in front of the over 20,000 attendees at last Saturday’s Edgefest in Queen Creek and just finished recording their debut album.
Not bad for an Ahwatukee Foothills-based band in which 80 percent of the members can’t even legally buy cigarettes yet.
“We’ve been playing together for four years, but Anarbor has been together about one-and-a-half years,” said 17-year-old drummer Greg Garrity.
It shows. Anarbor, the brainchild of five bafflingly talented and impossibly young musicians, sound as tight-knit and professional as any high-energy alternative power-punk quintet on the radio today.
“We sound like Third Eye Blind, like in the '90s,” said guitarist Mike Kitlas, 17.
The band will be showing off its chops at Pacana Park Oct. 13 for Maricopa’s
Founders Day event, opening for the Gin Blossoms, one of the most popular bands to go from Arizona bars to the national airwaves.
The Founders Day set is part of the constantly growing slate of shows Anarbor is booking, a slate that peaked at last weekend’s Edgefest.
“(Edgefest) went really well,” said singer Slade Echeverria, 17. “We were the second local band, but there were a lot of kids there.”
The coveted spot on Edgefest’s local band stage was certainly no accident, nor was it a serendipitous stroke of good fortune for a band that didn’t deserve it.
“We’ve definitely paid our dues,” Kitlas said.
As the shows evolved, so did the band. Echeverria’s voice is impeccable, ranging from a soft lilt to a melodic scream. The twin guitarists, with 18-year-old Adam Juwig on lead and Kitlas on rhythm, are as impressive as they come. Everything, from anthemic pop-punk rockers to the band’s quieter songs, are held together by 17-year-old bassist Jess Myers and Garrity on drums.
The fourth annual Founders Day event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in Pacana Park at Porter and Honeycutt roads. Anarbor takes the stage at 4:25 p.m. and the headlining Gin Blossoms start their set at 6 p.m.