Maroon 5 is an American rock and pop rock band that originated in Los Angeles, California. The band's songs tend to be very guitar-heavy, often accompanied by piano or synthesizer. The band's style changes from album to album. Maroon 5 began in 1994 while members Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, and Mickey Madden were still in high school. The band's original name was Kara's Flowers and they played garage/grunge music. The band's sound is created by lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitars, drums/percussion, and piano/keyboards/synthesizers, along with various members providing backing vocals to Levine's lead.