After playing guitar for several years, Tripp Morgan and Tim Webster wrote a song, with the dream of a band in mind. Without a name, they called themselves UNTITLED and recruited Lucas Owens into the band as lead singer. He had previously been the drummer of the band Cadence from Winterville NC, also a guitar player and writer. In April of 06, at age 16, the three, accompanied by a friend, entered their song "Stairs to Heaven", (now on the first CD) which was written in dedication to several classmates who had passed away, into a high school talent show, "The Charger Idol". Winning the awards show and getting press exposure, the group sought a name for the band. Lucas had recently visited Irvine California and with hopes of the band playing there one day the band decided IRVINE would be the New Name. The talent show had won the band a spot in a local festival, and in need of a drummer, the band asked Tripp's father, Charles Morgan, to fill the spot. Playing drums and percussion all through school and having jammed with the group often, he agreed to play and manage the band. The first IRVINE gig was the Ayden Collard festival in fall of 2006. Following band battles and no, to low-paying gigs, IRVINE started to gain recognition, and with the release of their CD, "The Past Repeats Itself", in Dec. Of 2007 the band began to get airtime and to play venues all across eastern N.C. The album was getting airtime on local radio and subsequently the band was receiving offers to play highly advertised events in the area. Due to circumstances beyond his control Tim left the band in early 08. Garett Bissonnett, band friend and former guitarist for the very popular local band Katharsis, agreed to fill the spot. Having helped produce and do backup vocals on IRVINE'S first CD, it was a smooth transition. Having been through several talented bassists, the band found one that was as dedicated as the others to making the band a profession. Matt Stokes came on board and put the icing on the cake, with driving bass riffs and experience in live performances, and the band progressed rapidly. In the remainder of 2008 the band headlined the local stage at X-FEST 9.5 with Buckcherry, Saving Abel, Decypher Down and Arial Down. IRVINE was nominated for best NC Alternative Rock band by JNFE (Just Not Famous Enough) as well as best breakthrough artist. Also in Dec. Of 2008 the band was voted 1 on the local rock station 99.5 "the X" WXNR locals with the single "Tight Rope" off their upcoming CD. A 3-track EP will be released in early November 2010 due to fan requests, as a precursor to the full CD. Averaging a new meaningful rock song a month, the band continues to gain momentum. In Jan 09 beginning to receive air time on central and western NC radio IRVINE continues on it's quest to reach the masses with it's hard driving sound, and to entertain with a whole barrage of covers from the very bands that influenced them. The bands live stage performances are something the fans are talking about as they reflect on a show. If you see this band live once... you will be back to enjoy more of their pure passion and love for what they are doing!