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Five Eight
Your God Is Dead To Me Now
(self-released)
www.fiveeight.com


I'm always amazed when a band as long-running (the band formed in Athens, Georgie in the late eighties) and talented as Five Eight escapes my attention. Your God Is Dead To Me Now is the band's seventh release since 1992. Seven CDs - how on Earth did I miss music this good?

Your God Is Dead To Me Now is guitar-driven indie-rock in a style that never goes out of fashion. Five Eight's sound is a cross-breed of influences both old and new. Their Birdbrain-era Buffalo Tom and Camper Van Beethoven influences fit nicely next to lyrics and vocal deliveries reminiscent of The Hold Steady and The Drive-By Truckers.

Back in the late eighties and early nineties I grew up on college radio in Boston. My less musically inclined friends would ask me, "What is College Rock?" I always struggled for an answer. I wish someone would ask me today. Five Eight embody everything that those two words evoke; driving guitar work and well thought out lyrics delivered cathartically with all their ragged edges on display to the world.

With Your God Is Dead To Me Now's 14 tracks, Five Eight manage what is nearly impossible to pull off - nearly 50 minutes of music without one track of filler. With that said, if you are of the ADD generation and only have four minutes or so to be convinced of the greatness of this record, check out track four, "The Ballad Of Frankie Jr." Not only is this the stand-out track on the album, it encapsulates Five Eight's entire sound in a neat four minute and 29 second package.

-George Dow

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