Amidst the outer reaches of Toronto's endless sprawl, hugging the shores of a breezy Lake Ontario, a cozy rehearsal room hums, warmly illuminated by standby switches, candles and ambient light. Entwined in patch cables, the warm tones of vintage guitar amps, old echo pedals and pinot noir, you will find 5th PROJEKT, weaving their atmospheric, psychedelic art-rock.
Shaped by a world in the throes of qualitative change, 5th PROJEKT's fifth release, 'V' is a reflection upon the raw energy present in and around our daily lives and how we use that energy to shape our beings, societies and environments. Taking on themes of equality, freedom, and revolution, the album blends influences of post rock, psychedelia, math rock and grunge, while retaining the band's ethereal signature sound.
Recording of the album coincidentally commenced on the anniversary of John Lennon's birth and ended on the anniversary of his death, October-December 2010. 'V' was written & produced by Tara Rice (Vocals, Guitar) & Sködt McNalty (Guitar, Atmosphere). The album was recorded at Chemical Sound by Dean Marino & Jay Sadlowski (Black Keys, Utopium, Tokyo Police Club), Mixed by Dean Marino, and Mastered by Noah Mintz (Broken Social Scene, The Dears, Emm Gryner) at Lacquer Channel, Toronto.
'V', 5th PROJEKT's second full length album, was released August 9th, 2011 on the band's own Organik Rekords. The album was supported by an initial tour of central to eastern Canada covering Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward island, and Nova Scotia. 5th PROJEKT was selected amongst the first 100 bands to showcase at Canadian Music Week in March 2012.
Canadian Music Week 2012
Lupercalia, Owen Sound 2012
OTHERfolk Festival, Owen Sound 2011
Dia De los Muertos Arts Festival 2010
Indie Week Toronto 2010
Earth Day Festival Montreal 2010
Music for MS Fundraiser Toronto 2009
Speak Up! Film Festival Gala 2007
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Book Launch Party - Casa Loma, Toronto 2007
Ontario Independent Music Awards 2007
Indie Week Toronto 2007
Toronto Underground Arts Festival 2006
ROCKRGRL Conference Seattle 2006
Best Indie Band - Ontario Independent Music Awards, Canada
Best Alternative Artist - Toronto Independent Music Awards
Best International Artist - Orange County Music Awards, California
Best Rock Song for 'In a Coma' by Toronto Exclusive Magazine
Best Alternative - Just Plain Folks Awards, California
Featured on Alan Cross's Explore Music radio show and Exploremusic.com
CBC Television’s ‘Sounds Like Summer’ Music Series
CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera - Independent Artist of the Week
Circadian debuted at #5 on CIUT FM
Song ‘In a Coma’ licensed to New Zealand mountainbike film ‘How About It’
Songs ‘TV’ and ‘Feel’ commissioned & licensed to the film, ‘Good People, Bad Things’; winner Best International Film "suspense" NY International Film and Video Festival '08
Featured on ‘Hope Volume One’ compilation CD with Lisa Loeb and Joanne Cash & Johnny Cash with proceeds benefiting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
Live acoustic performance on ‘The Verge’, XM Satellite
Tara Rice - Vocals, Guitar
Sködt D. McNalty - Guitar, atmosphere
Nathan Kaye - Drums
Andrew Farnsworth - Bass
V - LP (2011 Organik Rekords OR 5.05)
CiRCADiAN - LP (2006 Organik Rekords OR 004)
the Tales of Don Quixote - X-EP (2005 - Organik Rekords OR 003)
DEMOn002 - EP (2004 - Organik Rekords OR 002)
DEMOn001 - EP (2004 - Organik Rekords OR 001)
Soundtracks & Compilations:
Music from the film Good People, Bad Things (2008 Opine Entertainment)
HOPE Volume One (2007 Visionary Concepts VC001)
Purchase 5th PROJEKT albums online at
CiRCADiAN is also available at:
She Said Boom - Toronto (Roncesvalles)
Rotate This - Toronto (Queen West)
Movie Art Decor - Toronto (Bloor West)
Daydream Nation - Guelph
The Beat Goes On - Guelph, Kitchener, Oakville, St. Catharine's, Waterloo
Walk Away (Exodus)
This is Not Love
Soil to Sow
Broken Like This
A Night in Review: The Album Release Party for 5th Projekt
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There is no doubt among those present on Thursday night that 5th Projekt can be seen as one of Canad...There is no doubt among those present on Thursday night that 5th Projekt can be seen as one of Canada’s most exciting rising Indie bands. The performance at eBar simply showed how passionate this group is for their music, holding onto the focus of the audience throughout the whole set and commanding the stage.
5th Projekt - El Mocambo, Toronto - Aug 5th, 2011
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It ended too soon, but thankfully for fans, their unveiling at the El Mo suggests the very high ceil...It ended too soon, but thankfully for fans, their unveiling at the El Mo suggests the very high ceiling of which 5th Projekt is capable, one that surprises and delights audiences and will continue to fill clubs around Ontario.
Album: 5th Projekt - V
it’s pure sex for the ears... 10/10
Fear in a Handful of Dust – A Review of 5th Projekt’s V
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5th Projekt’s V is an uncompromising record steeped in fire, skill and fury and is one of the best r...5th Projekt’s V is an uncompromising record steeped in fire, skill and fury and is one of the best records to come out of the Canadian indie scene in a long time.
V – by 5th Projekt
Lyrically pleasant and well-crafted instrumentally, I give 5th Projekt two thumbs up.
Burlington appearance by 5th Projekt in support of V
The new album features the band’s evolution in rock complexities and revolution in music and lyrics.
Indie Seen - 5th PROJEKT
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The music is an electric time machine; sometimes forcing you to reminisce of your favourite rock art...The music is an electric time machine; sometimes forcing you to reminisce of your favourite rock artists of years passed and then flinging you forward into the face of music even twenty years from now. In all, V promises to offer something for every good music fan.
5th Projekt is releasing their newest album 'V' and taking the stage in Guelph this week
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5th Projekt is comprised of four incredibly gifted artists that have combined their talents and pass...5th Projekt is comprised of four incredibly gifted artists that have combined their talents and passion to form a band with not only a strong sound, but a strong message.
Alan Cross on CiRCADiAN
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They have a wonderful record called “Circadian”. They live in the spaces between “Kid A”-era, Radioh...They have a wonderful record called “Circadian”. They live in the spaces between “Kid A”-era, Radiohead, big-sounding bands like The Music and the trip-hoppy bands like Portishead. The album is called “Circadian”. The CD comes in a nice round metal box, too. Very classy. Give a listen to a song called “In A Coma”.
5th Projekt Worth the Wait (Live review)
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Band's "cinematic sound" rocks the Albion 5th Projekt took the stage very shortly afterward, quic...Band's "cinematic sound" rocks the Albion
5th Projekt took the stage very shortly afterward, quickly launching into a tight and powerful set. From the chugging onslaught of "In A Coma" to the hypnotic "Spiders," the band captured the lush sound of their record surprisingly well and completely effortlessly (Rice in particular hit angelic high notes without so much as a wince). Despite all the virtuosity on display, no one musician stole the scene; the band's "cinematic" sound relies on combining the available textures into one cohesive wall of sound.
5th Projekt CiRCADiAN
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Montreal always seems to get the credit for having the latest and greatest in musical acts in Canada...Montreal always seems to get the credit for having the latest and greatest in musical acts in Canada, and in some cases, rightfully so. This is an exception though. They come from areas all over Ontario, Etobicoke to Meaford, but the four members of 5th Projekt refer to themselves as a Toronto band.
They also call themselves a “cinematic rock band”; and with a rich, thick, highly layered sound one can definitely see where that classification comes from.
Opening track ‘In a Coma’ evolves quickly from a simple synthesizer note into a complex mesh of futuristic sounds. Sticking with the “cinematic” theme, it’s a fantastic epic rock song for, perhaps, a sci-fi action sequence.
The throttle slows down and speeds up intermittently from there; dropping to a mid-tempo rhythmic march in ‘Madness’, and leaving you in a satisfied, dreamlike state by the end credits in ‘Resistance’. All the while the listener is surrounded in a thick landscape of reverbed synths, dreamy guitars and tribal drums.
Vocalist Tara Rice’s haunting and ultra-smooth voice cuts down the middle and guides you along the way. Full of passion, strength, angst and sorrow, she’ll grab your attention and never let go. Before you know it you’ll be at the end of the CD skipping back to the beginning.
With CiRCADiAN, Toronto’s 5th Projekt have put up a very impressive effort: Artsy but smart and entertaining at the same time without being pretentious and too cool for the listener. With a killer lead singer and creative instrumentation, they definitely give anything coming out of Montreal today a run for its money.
- Mark Carcasole
Review of CiRCADiAN
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[A] band who clearly have the capability to evoke both euphoria and despair via their anthemic songs...[A] band who clearly have the capability to evoke both euphoria and despair via their anthemic songs.
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4.5/5 The quartet of 5th Projekt has been in the consciousness of music fans in and around southe...4.5/5
The quartet of 5th Projekt has been in the consciousness of music fans in and around southern Ontario for so long, it’s hard to believe that this is their first LP. Their demo, Tales of Don Quixote, has made the rounds and it is a severely enjoyable disc, but Circadian fleshes everything out and creates a fuller, more complete sound. Like Don Quixote, the band blurs the lines between sounds and styles—sometimes folksy, sometimes electronic but always with a distinct signature that says “5th Projekt was here.” An album absolutely dizzying for its sheer versatility and ability to lead your ear to strange new places...
-Adam A. Donaldson
5th PROJEKT - CiRCADiAN
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[A] simple yet profoundly moving sound that is fluid, epic, haunting and memorable. If Portishead cl...[A] simple yet profoundly moving sound that is fluid, epic, haunting and memorable. If Portishead cleaned up their act a bit, they might sound like 5th Projekt...maybe. But 5th Projekt is truly in a class of their own, fusing genres on top of genres to make a sound that is easily listenable but instantly recognizable. Circadian is an extremely exciting offering on all fronts.
Review of 'CiRCADiAN'
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Since commanding attention with their 2004 EP "DEMOn001," they've been featured in Canadian Musician...Since commanding attention with their 2004 EP "DEMOn001," they've been featured in Canadian Musician Magazine, invited to last year's NXNE Music Festival, and designated Independent Artist of the Week on the CBC Radio program Definitely Not the Opera. If this is any indication as to where the band is headed, then their breathtaking debut Circadian, should definitely see them soaring even higher. Exploring themes of cycles and the human connection with nature is what this disc, which is divided into the cycle of the seasons, is all about. From the dreamy opening first track "In a Coma," you will be mesmerized by the luscious beauty of Tara Rice's vocals. Although you could call 5th Projekt prog rock, the variety in their music is evidence of their refusal to fit neatly into one genre. No two songs are the same, which makes it that much more pleasurable to listen to. "Glockenspiel" employs bells, while staggering drum beats give "Spiders" an edgier sound, and the strangely titled "tToDQ" is an instrumental aria. Another track that must be mentioned is "One to Throw Away," a dark and powerfully poetic piece about ecosystems.
John Sakamoto's ANTI-HIT LIST
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5th PROJEKT, "IN A COMA" Inspired by Yevgeny Zamyatin's 1924 novel We, a precursor to such dystop...5th PROJEKT, "IN A COMA"
Inspired by Yevgeny Zamyatin's 1924 novel We, a precursor to such dystopian classics as Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-Four, this haunting, relentlessly propulsive track could be an instrumental and it would still manage to articulate the essence of the lyrics: muffled panic, emotional numbness and an unvanquished longing for a better world.
Review of 5th PROJEKT's 'CiRCADiAN'
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This album dropped late in the summer after a long genesis. 5th Projekt is a Toronto-based quartet f...This album dropped late in the summer after a long genesis. 5th Projekt is a Toronto-based quartet formed in 2003 that describe themselves as a "cinematic rock band." You can hear their multitude of influences in each song; no two songs are alike. This album is one great kaleidoscopic orgy of sound. True to independent form, the band has added all sorts of experimentation. The four-piece band is in itself an orchestra with listed instruments going well beyond the guitar, bass and drums to include the "gna gna," a pint glass and field recordings.
Each song evokes a different theme. "In a Coma" and "Glockenspiel" bring to mind a hard and fast action movie with appropriate reverb, ethereal voices and solemnity all piled into one track. "Broken Like This" brings to mind a quirky art movie...
This is not music to play softly in the privacy of your own room. This is music to share. Loudly and from the rooftops.
CiRCADiAN album review
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4/5 Vanuit Ontario, Canada bereikte ons deze schijf. En wanneer ik deze bespreking schrijf, 29/8/...4/5
Vanuit Ontario, Canada bereikte ons deze schijf. En wanneer ik deze bespreking schrijf, 29/8/2006, wordt hun cd aan de pers voorgesteld. Ik had nog nooit van hen gehoord totdat ik hen opmerkte op hun site.
Tara Rice (gitaar, zang), Peter Broadley (bass) en Skodt D. McNalty (keyboards, gitaar, programming) en Nathan Kaye (drums) vomen samen dit project en hoe ik het finaal moet omschrijven, daar vind ik de juiste woorden niet voor. Toch ontdekte in een sfeer van sprookjesachtige, surrealistische en cinematografische elementen die alle nummers in een wel bijzondere sfeer dompelen. Ik kan geen echte duidelijke banden vinden met andere bands omdat het zo speciaal is. Met speciaal bedoel ik zeker niet vervelend, zeker niet, maar dit is ook geen muziek om op te dansen.
Tara Rice won ook een nominatie als beste nieuwkomer in de folkwereld terwijl Broadley's vader ooit nog nummers schreef voor Bread. Skodt's vorige band was Knell en hij houdt van geimporteerde bieren en kaas. Wie niet? Nathan Kaye staat in voor de diverse drums.
Toch vind ik hier enkele vage elementen van Barclay James Harvest, meer bepaald Woolly Wolstenhome, in terug maar ook enkele vroege invloeden van Pink Floyd. Hiermee heb ik al genoeg gezegd. Ook hier dat dromerige, psychedelische effect dat de hoofdmoot van ieder nummer uitmaakt. Zeker een live-optreden waard!
'Circadian' is muziek waar u moet voor openstaan, sommige zullen het interpreteren als een vorm van loungemuziek alhoewel ik er andere dingen in ontdekte. Aan u lezer om zelf te bepalen wat u ervan vindt, maar deze cd is het beluisteren -en zelfs de aanschaf ervan - meer dan waard.
Original material for set of up to 60 minutes.
Unplugged set of equal length also available.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.