August Burns Red have become one of the biggest independent bands in the scene today, but not without a little bit of help along the way. Having found their identity, there are five bands that have influenced them in a major way.
If there was a Mount Rushmore for 90s music, Mark McGrath would be one of the faces carved into the mountain. The lead singer of Sugar Ray, whose infectious hits are still played over 20 years later, perfectly represents the genre blending era.
Their name may appear small, but Tiny Empires have a big sound. The indie punk rock collective are expanding their following at a rapid pace and their recently-released debut album, 'Weird Headspace,' will keep their name stuck in the brain.