With performances on the Late Late Show and at Electric Picnic in 2018, Five Grand Stereo kick off 2019 with ‘1975’…
The idea behind Five Grand Stereo is to take a 1970s band, shove it in a time machine, deposit it in the present day and ask its members to make a record about the world they find themselves in.
This philosophy is more than evident in their new single 1975, from the band’s well-received concept album Sex and Money (an exploration of sexism and the cult of celebrity in today’s music industry).
A 2 minute 35 slice of retro power pop, it takes a skeptical look at the modern world’s obsession with the next big thing, whilst sonically and lyrically acknowledging the band’s obsession with the last big thing — classic artists like Marc Bolan, Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, The Beatles and David Bowie.
Sex and Money is out now and has been met with some terrific Irish reviews as well as plaudits from the UK music press.
Five Grand Stereo are Dubliner Chris Singleton (vocals, guitar, piano); Limerick singer Jane Fraser (vocals); Stelios Kalisperides (guitars); Michael Kirkland (sax and synths); Zane Maertens (bass) and Ben Woollacott (drums). The band are based largely in London but have crossed the Irish Sea regularly over the last year, performing on The Late Late Show, at Electric Picnic, in Whelan’s and at Radio Nova’s 8th birthday concert.
"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." - **** Irish Times
“A truly fantastic new rock band” - The Independent
“Sex and Money is a record rich in ideas, biting lyrics and sugary hooks” - 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
“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
“Singleton's sprightly power pop and lyrics ensure he's never less than genial company”