Saturday, 24 November 2018


Five A.M. are a six piece band from California, USA, playing an energetic, anthemic, Alternative Rock and have been playing together for quite a few years.  Influences of the band range from U2 and Matchbox 20 to Snow Patrol and Foo Fighters.  Personally, I think they remind me a little of the Welsh band Stereophonics, Trent has that husky Rock voice at times and the melodies and backing match up brilliantly that could please many genres.  Lyrics and music that can evoke a little Soul, Blues, Pop and Rock.

I first heard the band from the video to "Come On, Come On" from the most recent album "Broken///Beautiful".  It's a brilliant song and just made me want to hear more from this great Rock band.  The sound reminded me of a mix between Pearl Jam, Kane and Stereophonics.  Husky voiced vocals with a pure Rock backing encompassing a few genres.

The band have released four albums since 2002.  The debut in that year, "Degrees Of Falling" contained elements of Tom Petty, REM and Pearl Jam while the second three years later ("This Morphine Life") reminded me at times of Kane, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam.  Third release, "Raise The Sun" came in 2008 with some Blues, Pop Rock and Rock ballads.  Following an Acoustic set in 2009 came the album "Broken///Beautiful" five years later.

The album contained Containing the brilliant aforementioned "Come On, Come On" and 9 other fabulous tracks.  There are more Pop Rock tracks here but the Alternative power and performance and the band has not suffered.  "Only The Night" reminds me of Stereophonics and is superb Pop rocker while I love "Start All Over Again" could be 80s style Classic Rock in the vein of Aerosmith.  There are power ballads such as "Hit The Ground" and "Belong" which are similar in style to Goo Goo Dolls and Bon Jovi respectively.  The most unusual track and one of rmy favourites is "Lets Go" which is a mixed up mind blowing mix of The Cars/Bowie and Tom Petty but it is a masterful song!Currently working on new music, this band is a must hear.

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