"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 2015 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 and from Page 3 to the 'Big Society', the band somehow manage to conjure up the sounds of 75...to take a pop at 2015. All while bashing some instantly memorable tunes into your eardrums.
Five Grand Stereo are Chris Singleton (vocals, guitar, piano); Jane Fraser (vocals); Stelios Kalisperides (guitar); Michael Kirkland (sax and synths); Zane Maertens (bass) and Ben Woollacott (drums).
PRESS QUOTES"A truly fantastic new rock band" - The Independent"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"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"A fantastic production that soundchecks everyone from Lou Reed to Madchester...full of musical depth and packed with sure-fire radio hits"– Music Week"Glamorous, piano-driven rock and roll...Enthralling" – Clash Magazine
"Unashamedly in thrall to the past, littered with faithful evocations of raunchy glam-rock, pulsating electro-pop and even the odd ballad that would probably shift millions…’ – Sunday Business Post
"Some of the best pop/rock you are likely to hear this or any year" – Irish Times"Sharp pop that spans the ages from Lou Reed through Talking Heads and David Bowie to Neil Finn and his favoured Beatles." – The Daily Express
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