Anyone Can Be a Star
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"A truly fantastic new rock band" - The Independent
"Songs of real depth...a thrill ride for the head. Hop on." - The Irish Times
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The idea behind Five Grand Stereo is to take a 1970s band, shove it in a time machine, deposit it in 2018 and ask its members to make a record about the world they find themselves in.
The result: darkly humorous, occasionally theatrical songs with huge choruses.
Their new single Anyone Can Be a Star sums up what Five Grand Stereo are all about. Three-part harmonies, dueling guitars, big string lines, punchy brass and above all, soaring melodies abound.
Classic artists like Marc Bolan, Bryan Ferry, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, The Beatles and David Bowie are referenced sonically, but put through Five Grand Stereo's proprietary blender to create a uniquely memorable track (about a young female singer’s experience on a slightly jaded reality TV show).
With a healthy dose of cynicism running through its veins, Anyone Can Be a Star conjures up the sounds of 1975…to take a pop at post-truth 2018.
The accompanying album, Sex and Money, is out now and has been met with some terrific Irish reviews:
- "With a strong narrative thread, detailed musicianship, and a sharp sense of humour, Sex and Money is a thrill ride for the head. Hop on." - **** The Irish Times
- “Sex and Money is a record rich in ideas, biting lyrics and sugary hooks…Star of the show is the anthemic Anyone Can Be a Star” - Hot Press
- "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
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).
The band are based in London but have a strong Irish contingent: Chris hails from Dublin, and Jane is from Limerick.
Five Grand Stereo play The Grand Social, Dublin on 10 April and Dolan’s, Limerick on 11 April as part of a series of UK and Ireland dates.