CITY Hero’s Aaron Bruno (vocals/electric guitar) and Drew Stewart (electric guitar) were teenage pals while going to SoCal’s Westlake SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in the mid-’90s. These were also big followers of these who produced that city a music picture years before — Rancid, Procedure Ivy, WITHOUT DOUBT — and relished in ’90s grunge heyday of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Green Day time. Bruno and Stewart opted to create a music group out of their like and enthusiasm for music. What began at the Snow Monkeys would later on become tagged Insurgence using the improvements of Todd Burnes (bass) and Ray Blanco (drums). Initially, these were a hardcore foursome, nevertheless playing shows in the popular Whisky-A-Go-Go as well as the Roxy allowed the music group to form up individually and expertly; while documenting a homemade EP, Insurgence christened themselves CITY Hero. Various schedules in the 2000 and 2001 Vans’ Warped Tour allowed for nationwide exposure for CITY Hero and a major-label offer. Madonna’s Maverick captured the music group in 2001 and prepped these to function alongside famous brands fellow post-grunge hipsters such as for example Hoobastank and Onesidezero. A self-titled debut record was issued in-may 2002, and one “Queries” was a smash strike among major-market r / c.