Fivestar Riot's complex arrangements, high energy performance, musical talent and pop-sensibility set them apart from the average teen band, creating a unique, refreshing and memorable sound. Keep your eye on this young band as they have a bright future. Formed in the summer of 2001, the band atarted as a fairly typical pop-punk act taking it's inspiration from Green Day, Saves the Day and Weezer. Since then, the band has cultivated a loyal following in Rochester, NY and has developed a more mature sound and compositional style, leaning more toward Jimmy Eat World and Death Cab for Cutie but maintaining it's edgier Saves the Day style. Their third release, a five song EP titled 'Unfamiliar Sky', was conceived and produced during the lead singer and song writer's battle with cancer, and conveys hope and optimism in the face of adversity. Unfamiliar Sky was recorded at The Illuminata and was engineered by Seven Head Division front man Brian Moore and Jesse Sprinkle of Poor Old Lu fame (Alarma Records & Tooth and Nail). EP REVIEW: 'Real good material. These guys are serious about playing well and sounding great. I like the rawness of their playing, the complexity of their arrangements, the power of their voices, especially the lead vocalist, and their use of effects. The band already rocks as is. With the right producer and management, plus some minor tweaking, this band will make it BIG.' Mark Beckett, Fluid Audio 'Fivestar Riot hail from Rochester, NY and play a mix of Alternative/Emo/Punk not unlike Armor For Sleep... These boys have been around for a few years now, and just keep getting bigger and better... Expect big things from them one day...' NfoDB.com SONG REVIEWS: 'BETTER' and 'MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM' 'Excellent rock / alternative songs. We love the dynamics and energy in your music. Excellent musicianship and recording quality. The number one characteristic that stands out in our mind about your music is that your songs strike the difficult balance of being musically complex, yet melodic and traditional enough to appeal to the masses. The musicianship is exceptional throughout - we especially like the lead and backing vocals on both songs, including the cool counter harmony in 'Better' chorus, as well as the vocal harmonies in the chorus of 'Mayhem' and the backing vocals in the second verse of 'Mayhem.' The bass part and rhythm in 'Better' is very creative. The recording quality is excellent, and the 2 guitar counterpart in the verses of 'Mayhem...' is very cool.' Greg and Manny, RadioIndy.com 'BETTER' 'WON ME OVER IN TWO SECONDS!' 'Some songs just capture your attention from the first beat. This was one of them. Crisp drum sounds. The vocals are GREAT! Reminds me a bit of Counting Crows. (that is a very good thing!) I think the song is well written and well thought out. It has a good hook and sounds great.' Steve, Neveda, Texas 'ROCKING CHORUS' Original rock music! How refreshing! This isn't your average hammer-on-the-guitar tune, there is some real arrangement and thought behind this piece that I thought was excellent. The strongest aspect of this track is the back-up vocals - there is truly excellent harmony here. The drum work is also fascinating to listen to, with a few inspired guitar riffs that I didn't expect but enjoyed. Hope to hear more from you guys!' Saltina, Princeton, NJ 'MISCHIEF AND MAYHEM' 'YEAH!' 'The guitar work in the intro and verses is fantastic! Neat walkdown line there, love the counterpoint on the other guitar. It actually made me smile. The bass sound is superb, well played, EQ'ed, compressed, miked, and mixed, not a moment out of place. I'm reminded of good punk here. Vocals are great! Love the other voices coming in around 2:40 or so, you don't expect it and it evokes those feel-good songs of the birth of rock and roll, nicely done in this context. This singer is relaxed and earnest...The sparing use of keys really puts a nice background wash on this song. Drums are remarkably well played as well, great hi-hat work throughout and just a great ear for what's going to work. Excellent job everyone, for what it's worth. I really enjoyed this song tremendously.' T Lawson, W Hartford, Connecticut 'SWEET 16 = SWEET SONG' 'Ohhh yeah...love the intro...i love how everything is on it's own thing, then it all comes together at :35! That melody part is fantastic...and vocals just kicked in...and they are amazing! I don't want to leave out the drums, because those are fantastic. May want to work on the harmonies..I can tell they're there, just a little rough. That is a fantastic chorus, too!' mykdeen, Anniston, Alabama 'Your songs are cool as hell, they definitely break the emo-punk mold, I think they'll go far.' Tim Segreto, Indie Rock Artist, Albany, NY Reviewers' Picks Award for Better Garageband.com Track Of Day: 8Apr2005 #19 Best Drums in Pop Rock, all-time Best Drums overall, week of 28Mar2005 Best Drums in Pop Rock, week of 28Mar2005 Best Bass in Pop Rock, week of 28Mar2005 Rocking Track in Pop Rock, week of 28Mar2005 Reviewers' Picks Award for Mischief and Mayhem Garageband.com Track of the Day on 3Apr2005 in Emo Best Guitars in Emo, week of 28Mar2005 Best Drums in Emo, week of 28Mar2005 Best Production in Emo, week of 28Mar2005 Rocking Track in Emo, week of 28Mar2005.
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