FIVE GRAND STEREO
^ Upstairs ^
“The idea behind Five Grand Stereo”, says lead songwriter Chris Singleton, “is to take a 1970s band, shove them in a time machine, deposit them in the present day and ask them to make a record about the world they find themselves in”.
The result: a darkly humorous and theatrical concept album (there’s even a Greek chorus) about sex, money and missing David Bowie.
Four-part harmonies, duelling guitars, raspy sax and above all, soaring melodies abound; classic artists like Marc Bolan, Bryan Ferry, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed and the Thin White Duke himself are frequently referenced sonically, but put through Five Grand Stereo’s proprietary blender to create some delightfully quirky results. Taking aim at everything from reality TV to sexism, the band somehow manage to conjure up the sounds of 75…to take a pop at today. All while bashing some instantly memorable tunes into your eardrums.
Five Grand Stereo are Chris Singleton (vocals, guitar, piano); Jane Fraser (vocals); Stelios Kalisperides (guitars); Michael Kirkland (sax and synths); Zane Maertens (bass) and Ben Woollacott (drums).
Five Grand Stereo will be releasing their debut album, Sex and Money, on 26 January 2018.
A four-track EP is currently available – see the store section for details.
“A truly fantastic new rock band” – The Independent
“Songs of real depth…A thrill ride for the head. Hop on” **** – The Irish Times
“Singleton’s sprightly power pop and lyrics ensure he’s never less than genial company” – Q Magazine
“A clever and witty concept album that deals with contemporary issues…this offering shows a band with the ambition and smarts to succeed” – Evening Herald
“Glamorous, piano driven rock and roll…Enthralling” – Clash Magazine
“A record rich in ideas, biting lyrics and sugary hooks” – Hot Press Magazine
“This is is a fine piece of power-pop, like Marc Bolan impersonating Jeff Lynne on the way over to David Bowie’s house, full of clever hooks and surprising key changes.” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Full of musical depth and packed with sure-fire radio hits”– Music Week
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AFTER THE GIG
Indie & Alternative Dance Party | Drinks Promos | 11pm til 3am or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm.