FIVE - Vinyl LP
REID PALEY - Vocals
TOM MORAN - Guitar
DAVE DOREMUS - Bass
BRIAN GILLESPIE - Drums
or not, we still have some
|The Long Haul
All The Way
Pray For Me
The Only Honorable Thing
Same To Me
Cut Me Loose
The Fat Lady Sings
When Yr Done
"Clearly the most pivotal and important of all Pittsburgh bands.THE FIVE, (who relocated to Boston in 1984) check in here with this, their first ever LP. Recorded in 1986 and '87 shortly before their untimely demise, these songs are on par with their live show, which was, believe me, killer.
this material dates back to the early '80s and just
goes to show how ahead of their time these guys
were. In my opinion, a must."
mutant-blues band, THE FIVE, whose music was never
available on anything but indie singles and
underground tapes, have, of course, been immortalized
on LP now that they're defunct. 'Sort of
like dressing a corpse up for the prom, isn't it?'
is how the band's former front - and affront -
man, Reid Paley, describes this good, loud anthology."
"And expansive sound that
blends influences as disparate as garage, blues, and
post-punk into a totally original concoction all their
"A sound that can simulate
the effect of one's being hit upside the head with a
very large piece of sheet metal. Must I spell it
out for you? I am overwhelmed."
"THE FIVE had the raw
smell of adventure. Live favorites like All The Way
have been translated to vinyl with their throbbing
menace intact. When (the band) locked in, as they
do on THE FIVE, they crackled like a
"THE FIVE had quite a
following, and a good set of drunken, rhythm-laden rock
'n' roll. Even though the band broke up
almost two years ago, this record doesn't sound dated,
and Reid Paley's vocals are like nothing you've ever
"They lived and played in
Boston for a buncha years, cut a number of rankin' tunes
that were local radio hits, then called it quits.
A thuggily rocking bunch, THE FIVE seemed straight
outta some slidey, gruff, post-Stones continuum,
and Reid Paley's voice has enough grug-monstrosity
to fill one of my brain nooks exactly, and
this eponymous LP, THE FIVE is a worth-dripping pit
filled with true 'street rock shit.' The
whole thing is way okay. Which is not a
phrase that gets bandied about much down here."
"THE FIVE are rather like
post-existentialism, only much, much louder."
"They were incredible.
I've never seen anything like them before or
since. And that singer, Reid
Paley. Oi vey! What a
genius! Too bad they broke up. I
heard they had a posthumous release."
"One of the best bands in
the entire country is THE FIVE. Tough, lean
songs with a driving funky beat."
"Sometimes it takes an
outside band to reveal just how genre-bound and
stratified the local scene has become...A monster of a
"If you liked THE FIVE
when they were around, this posthumous record will bring
them back in all their whiskey-sodden glory. The
band broke up two years ago, yet their big radio
tapes THE LONG HAUL and SAME TO ME
and WHEN YR DONE, contained here, still
carry their drunken swagger. Reid Paley's
voice is comparable to none (ask any critic) and gives
THE FIVE their trademark."
"A hard, harrowing LP from
an intriguing band."
"THE FIVE ROOL, of course,
and don't you forget it. And Open Casket
-- I mean, what a great idea to put this near the end of
a bizarro idiot-gawd-avant-grunge garage-psychosis album
-- this sorta slow blues grinder with clean guitars and
phlegmy holler courtesy the one, the only Reid Paley."
lines so thick you could eat them with a fork,
stop-me-before-I-hurt-somebody guitar work, a
murder-on-a-deserted-street sound...Somebody better
record these guys!"
"One of the great
undiscovered American bands."
THE FIVE These Days:
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all photos of THE FIVE by Butch Belair
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