Formed in the summer of 1997, Philadelphia-based band The Defog spent their earlier years piecing together the instruments and melodies that would be integral to their sound. After band members--and long-time friends--Charles Stieg, Nick Schuenemann, Jeff Hurtado and Zach Wirjosemito refined their song writing abilities, they released two EP's in 1999. They released their debut LP Dying in Crosswalks in 2002. The band's recent shift in focus towards gaining additional regional and national interest through their latest EP Sounds from the Stars has started to pay off. The Defog was selected as a finalist in Billboard's "Independent Music World Series," has had airplay of the EP's standout track "Downstream" on The Real World, and was in the running for five Grammy Nominations for the 2004-05 year. Known for their inspiring live performance, the band entices their audience with a vivid audio-visual experience.