The Backseat Lovers will be kicking off Weber State University’s homecoming game on Oct. 13.

With less than six months together, the rising indie-rock band is quickly finding success and gaining a following throughout Utah.

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The band originally began when lead singer and guitarist Josh Harmon and drummer Juice Welch started playing together. Harmon later met guitarist Jonas Swanson at an open mic night in Provo when neither of them made it on the list to perform.

After jamming on a bench outside the venue, Swanson decided to start playing with Welch and Harmon. Bass player Ethan Christensen joined the group.

From there, the group met up to practice a few times and played in a Battle of the Bands in Heber City before eventually taking a year-long break. However, they got back together to perform at Velour’s Battle of the Bands in Provo.

Although it was their first time playing together on an actual stage, the group was able to exceed their own expectations.

“We played our first show and we were like, ‘Wow, we actually have some pretty good stage chemistry. This is a lot of fun,'” Harmon said.

After winning the competition the first night, the Backseat Lovers continued on to the finals and won that as well.

“It changed us from just being a band that practiced a few times in the garage just having some fun, to now we all know that we have potential to do stuff with this,” Harmon said.

Harmon and Swanson both agreed the energy and enthusiasm from their performances came easily because of their friendship and chemistry.

“Without even talking to each other, we’re just four or five steps ahead of the game and we know what each other’s thinking,” Welch said.

Since winning the Battle of the Bands, the band has released five EPs, which can all be found on Spotify and iTunes.

The Backseat Lovers’ visit to Weber State will be their first time performing in Ogden. They’ll perform at Stewart Stadium before the homecoming game.

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