Countless bands have based songs on love, loss and the trials and tribulations of growing up, and countless will surely continue to do so with varying degrees of skill and integrity.

So amid a faceless sea of bands striving to make a living, what’s one more?

“Lyrically, a big thing for me is growing up in Los Angeles. I talk about the not so glamorous side of Hollywood, heartache, breakups, falling in love, all that cliché stuff, everything that humans go through every day,” says After Midnight Project front man Jason Evigan with a knowing laugh.

Though the topics are age-old, Evigan and his band mates are confident their approach is what makes their music unique.

“Some people just tell a better story than others,” says bassist TJ Armstrong. “Everybody’s going to experience these same things, everybody’s going to fall in love, everybody’s going to be pissed off, some people just don’t get it from their heart through whatever instrument they play to people. You can write the same song over and over, or you can actually make the listener think about it.”

Joined by guitarists Spencer Bastian and Christian Meadows and drummer Danny Morris, the members of After Midnight Project treat their music as catharsis, which, among the five very different personalities that comprise the band, often manifests as a difficult to tag rock sound.

“I think our music’s very colorful, it has a lot of dimensions to it,” says Evigan. “It combines soothing, beautiful melodies with aggressive guitars, heavy drums, ambient sounds, but super catchy and hooky.”

Bringing those same eclectic influences to their live show, the band members aim to capture their audience by fully immersing them in the sonic landscape their music creates.

As Evigan says, “It’s a journey. A lot of rock shows today, I feel like they don’t take you on any kind of musical journey. Radiohead does that really well, and we’re trying our hardest to not just have the band say ‘this is a cool rock show,’ to touch on all different emotions during the show.”

Despite the varied styles and tastes between the five of them, the band members are unanimous when they name Muse as the band they’d most like to open for. Though that goal post may still be a ways off for them, one would be hard pressed to find a harder working band in Los Angeles that was set on making it happen.

“People on the outside look at L.A. like all the bands here are so amazing, but so many bands out here are not hard working,” says Evigan. “They think they’ve made it just because they’re here and they can sell 50 tickets at the Whisky, but we hustle. After we practice for three hours, I’m going to go pass out flyers, same thing I’ve been doing since I was 14.”

“For once in my life with something I’m doing, I’m getting e-mails from people saying my music helped them. It’s a good feeling that someone can relate to your music.”

Armstrong adds, “That’s what rock music is about, hope and inspiration.” With an ear for artistry and a mind for honesty, maybe this one “big rock” band really is the one that’s not like the others. The band will perform Dec. 6 at King King in Hollywood. For more information, visit