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A fitting musical description for the Los Angeles, California, USA-based quintet, Maroon 5, could be funky pop aimed directly at the mainstream market. The bands roots lay in an earlier group, Karas Flowers, comprised of eventual Maroon 5 participants Adam Levine (18 March 1979, Los Angeles, California, USA; vocals/guitar), Jesse Carmichael (b. 2 April 1979, Boulder, Colorado, USA; keyboards), Mickey Madden (b. Michael Madden, 13 May 1979, Austin, Texas, USA; bass), and Ryan Dusick (b. 19 September 1977, Los Angeles, California, USA; drums). Formed while its members were still students in high school, the band signed with Reprise Records, that resulted in the release of their debut, Fourth World, in 1997. Although produced by renowned hitmaker Rob Cavallo, the album flopped, which resulted in the bands split soon after being dropped by their label. Instead of immediately forming a new band, the former bandmates enlisted into college, Dusick and...