Thursday, April 7, 2011

Artist Profile: The Five One

Forming in Reston, Virginia The Five One crafted their music, a mix of hip hop, R&B, reggae and indie rock, in a basement full of guitars, a drum set and recording equipment. The multicultural, genre-hopping approach carries over into the The Five One's personal philosophy as well. Each member goes by only different colors--guitarist Red, drummer Blue, keyboardist/vocalist Green and bassist Gold--to distance themselves from the complexities of social identities.

The group toured relentlessly around the DMV (Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia) area, performing at the Afro Punk Festival in 2008 with a diverse lineup that included Janelle Monae, Saul Williams and Murs.

They attracted more attention with their Road To SXSW digital album, which featured remixes and remakes of songs from an eclectic range of artists ranging from Janet Jackson's "Got 'Til It's Gone," Daft Punk's "Need You Now," Vampire Weekend's "District of Colossus" and Outkast's "Spottieottiedopaliscious."

The Five One's latest single, the Semisonic-sampling "Closing Time," is set for release in June. Listen to it and watch the clip for the song below. You can listen to Road To SXSW and view the band's upcoming tour dates at the band's official site.

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