Five Grand Stereo

Official site of the art rock band Five Grand Stereo. Music influenced by Bowie, Beatles, Bolan, Zappa, Roxy Music...

Biography


"A truly fantastic new rock band" - The Independent

"Full of musical depth and packed with sure-fire radio hits"– Music Week

"Singleton's sprightly power pop and lyrics ensure he's never less than genial company" - Q Magazine

"Glamorous, piano driven rock and roll...Enthralling" – Clash 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


Photograph of Five Grand Stereo by Pal Hansen.

"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 2016 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 2016. 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 in 2017. A four-track EP is currently available - see the store section for details.

Quotes

"A truly fantastic new rock band" - The Independent

"Glamorous, piano-driven rock ‘n’ roll...An enthralling introduction" - Clash Magazine

"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

"Casting a vast net covering everything from baggy to glam to electro-pop, Singleton's sprightly power pop and lyrics ensure he's never less than genial company" - Q Magazine 

Listen now

You can listen to Five Grand Stereo's 'David Bowie EP' on all major streaming services - click here for details.