Five Grand Stereo

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

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Classic songwriting, retro sounds from acclaimed Irish band. Appearances on Late Late Show plus Electric Picnic; regular playlisting on Ireland’s biggest radio station, RTE Radio 1.

"A truly fantastic new rock band" - The Independent

"Sex and Money is a thrill ride for the head. Hop on." - The Irish Times

"Glamorous, piano driven rock and roll...Enthralling" - Clash Magazine


Singleton’s sprightly power pop and lyrics ensure he’s never less than genial company
— Q Magazine

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‘Anyone Can Be a Star’ single

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Press quotes

"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

"Glamorous, piano driven rock and roll...Enthralling" - Clash Magazine

“Sex and Money is a record rich in ideas...biting lyrics, 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

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


"The idea behind Five Grand Stereo", says Dubliner and lead songwriter Chris Singleton, "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". 

The result: a darkly humorous and theatrical concept album (there's even a Greek chorus) about the adventures of two Irish musicians in a world of sex, money and 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 take a pop at today. All while bashing some instantly memorable tunes into your eardrums.

Five Grand Stereo are a London-Irish band. Members are Chris Singleton (vocals, guitar, piano); Jane Fraser (vocals); Stelios Kalisperides (guitars); Michael Kirkland (sax and synths); Zane Maertens (bass) and Ben Woollacott (drums). Their album Sex and Money is out now.

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