Five Grand Stereo

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

Biography

Acclaimed London-Irish art-rock band


"A truly fantastic new rock band" - The Independent

"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

"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

“Sex and Money is a record rich in ideas...biting lyrics, sugary hooks” - “Sex and Money is a record rich in ideas...biting lyrics, sugary hooks” - Hot Press

"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 and Dubliner 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) which tells a tale of two Irish musicians in London who encounter a strange world of sex, money and David Bowie impersonations.

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 released Sex and Money on 26 January 2018. You can listen to the album here or below.

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 on all major streaming services including Spotify (see player below). For more listening options click here.