Five Eight (band)
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Since 1992, Five-Eight has recorded six Compact Discs. They previously toured with REM, and have performed with Cheap Trick, The Ramones, Cracker, Pylon, and Seven Mary Three. The group is prominent in the Athens/Atlanta area and headlines an annual mental health benefit concert in Athens. The band came together in 1988 in Athens when an earlier incarnation, known as The Reasonable Men, disbanded. Before settling on the name Five Eight, at least one show was played under the name The Helgrammites.
The ninth Five Eight offering entitled "Your God Is Dead To Me Now" was recorded in 2010 and is set for release on March 29, 2011. Sean Dunn rejoined the group for this album, with the band stating, "We think it's our most emotionally powerful and complete record to date.
The band is the subject of the upcoming feature documentary Weirdo: The Story of Five Eight, directed by former journalist Marc Pilvinsky and due in 2017."
The original three members of the band were Mike Mantione on vocals and guitar, Dan Horowitz on bass guitar, and Mike Palmatier on drums. In 1989, Palmatier's right leg was crushed in a work-related accident at the Armstrong and Dobbs lumberyard in Athens. His was temporarily replaced by Patrick Ferguson, the drummer for the LaBrea Stompers and Angle Lake—a band which also included Vic Chesnutt. Palmatier returned to the Boston area. Ferguson rejoined the band and was Five Eight's full-time drummer until 1998. After the release of 'I Learned Shut Up,' guitarist Sean Dunn joined the band and was a full-time member for the recording of 'The Angriest Man' EP. Between 1992 and 1998, Five Eight toured extensively as a four-piece in the United States and Canada, and played 200 shows or more a year. Ferguson left the band in 1998, and was soon followed by Dunn. Ferguson was briefly replaced by former Bughummer, Little Red Rocket and The Runs drummer Scott Sosebee. Drummer Mike Rizzi joined Five Eight in 1999 and remained until mid-2007. The band went on hiatus when Rizzi moved to Southern California to join Ghost Hounds. Ferguson rejoined the band to play "a few shows" near the end of 2007, and is again the full-time drummer for the group.
- Mike Mantione (singer/songwriter/guitar)
- Dan Horowitz (bass)
- Patrick "Tigger" Ferguson (drums)
- Sean Dunn (guitar)
- 1989 'Passive-Aggressive'
* you never look in my eyes * the ape * she was in this city * she's dropping the bomb * ghost in this town * ralph newman * lemon love drops * lifer * looking up
- 1991 'Inflatable Sense of Self'
* missing link * my sister is so strange * the ape * she's dropping the bomb * suit of sin * nowhere in a circle * ralph newman * shaking through the night * the only one * looking up
- 1992 'I Learned Shut Up'
* looking up * god damn it paul * missing link * i can't stand it * she's dropping the bomb * desperate tonight * lemon love drops * suit of sin * the ape * dawn of son melody * destroy this world
- 1993 'The Angriest Man' EP
* my syster * not zeppelin * ralph newman * lifer * depressed * needle * pent up
- 1994 'Weirdo'
* mystery james * karaoke * behead myself * fall asleep * what they did * you never look in my eyes * stars * tense it up * hurt you * weirdo * shouldn't be here
- 1997 'Gasolina'
* stanley * engine * comet * shaken * shut me off * connect the dots * doubter * hold me up * right to drive * summer vacation * dumb ass * take aim
- 2000 'The Good Nurse'
* she's sleeping * rose's dream * off season * the one who does better * terminals * requiem * take what you want * alexander graham bell * oh surgery * all my patients * orlando * a close approximation * florence
- 2004 'Five Eight'
* criminal * i'm still around * magnetic fields * the liquor * square peg * do it anyway * i don't give a damn * bad juices * guitar * lousy decision * a man is a pent up thing * bad for us
- 2010 'Your God Is Dead To Me Now'
* sad eyes * your god is dead to me now * motorcycle * the ballad of frankie, jr * next to nothing * fire of love * i'm a wreck * staring contest * mom's best boy * a son like you * ode to massachusetts * scout knot * get out of my head * what can one man change?
- The Post and Courier - Google News Archive Search
- Five-eight Is Not Just A Scream - Chicago Tribune
- The Albany Herald - Google News Archive Search
- Gainesville Sun - Google News Archive Search
- Five Eight releases self-titled album.(The Orlando Sentinel) - Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service | HighBeam Research (subscription required)
- Five-Eight out to prove it's more than a scream (subscription required)
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