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Formed in Burlingame, CA in the late nineties, the genesis of Aphasia got its start when then-seventh graders Harber and bassist buddy Jayce Basques began jamming together. After several sessions, it became immediately apparent to these two friends that collaborating with each other was like second nature. Their musical partnership cemented for life, Harber and Basques, along with their band mates, stopped playing covers -- “We were pretty horrible for the first couple of years,” Jeff laughs, “playing Lynyrd Skynyrd and Green Day songs”-- and began writing songs of their own. Jeff and Jayce’s collaborations, along with drummer Will Peng, yielded a crop of new songs that demonstrated a remarkable creative leap and the group found writing together to be an effortless process. As for the key to their musical kinship, Basques sees it as a comprehensive, almost instinctive understanding of each other’s complexities. "We know how we work,” he says, “and what each other’s strengths are. Jeff is more about the ideas and the big picture, Will is a phenomenal multi-instrumentalist, Aaron Prim (our guitarist) is another multi-instrumentalist who gives us an edge, while I’m more about details and organization. We all have a feel for each other’s styles.”

Although the band hails from Burlingame, a city situated just outside of San Francisco not normally regarded as feeding ground from which bands spring forth, the members of Aphasia see not being from a legendary musical city as a distinct advantage. “It actually helped out a lot not fitting into a prevalent scene or music community,” Harber says. “Not that it’s bad to have a scene but a lot of time when that happens, unsigned and smaller bands start sounding a lot alike. It allowed us to do our own thing without much pressure to fit a certain mold. The local scene in our town was always very elitist. We have always written the music we want to hear.”

The members of Aphasia are all relatively young; 20-23 years -- but the band has demonstrated a tireless dedication to their craft. And while most of their peers are now rounding out their college careers, the bandmembers are poised to begin a career of their own. “It’s always been the plan - we’re dedicated people.”