Fear the Fives

Fear the Fives

 Glasgow, Scotland, GBR

Fear The Fives want to play good time drinking music but write songs that are too complicated to play drunk. myspace.com/fearthefives


It was spring 2009, love was most definitely in the air and serial-ex Charlie Milne (The Karelia, Yummy Fur, V-Twin, Stinky Munchkins, Quinn, Suckle, Million Dollar Disco Orchestra) decided it was time for a new romance, and for once – he was going to be the organ grinder. Old School friend Ally Batten was at a loose end after retiring from mine clearing in Angola and signed up on guitar with little thought to the danger involved. Artist, body piercer and card shark Tim Sandys had previously played drums in Stinky Munchkins, so laughed in the face of danger, and in Charlie’s face too, when asked to join on drums, but after a few outrageous promises – he was in. Mildly exotic Icelandic bassist Ragnar Fjölnisson completed the line up after meeting Tim at a poker game. Tim won. Having had to hastily leave Iceland due to financial irregularities it currently looks like Ragnar is unlikely to ever return, especially as he doesn't know how to swim.

Producing a piano-heavy ramshackle mix of ideas and carrying the racket off with far more success than they have any right to, Fear The Fives are out for a good time and want you to come along and join in too. Recently providing a track and performing at the launch event for the excellent Tentracks project, Fear The Fives have also featured twice on Jim Gellatly's Radiomagnetic podcast, causing a stir with their unusual cover of Santa Claus is Coming to Town that made Jim's Alternative Christmas Top 20 and are steadily building a reputation for putting on quite a live show.

Currently they find themselves working on a debut album, having started session in May 2010 at Chem19 with Paul and Jamie Savage. A single is planned for release in September and subsequent showcasing in the UK and Europe to support the release.

If Nick Cave was in Muse and they played Kurt Weill songs in Tom Waits bar, then this is what it might sound like. Strange, powerful and complicated, Fear The Fives are a five course meal for people sick of eating fast food." - Glasgow PodcART.

"A great live find" - TenTracks


Balkan Ekspress

Written By: Charlie Milne

Winter came
The day you left
You flew out East
It sloped in from the West
You said you hit a storm in Budapest
Well I hit a storm the day we met

La la la, la la la la la la la

Today there are no birds
Left in the sky
They’re down on the street
Eating each other alive
Like a vision of hell to my weary eyes
Don’t think so hard you forget to survive

I’m too far down the road to turn
I’m too far gone to learn
Going to get my fingers burnt

get out of the cold
I can't see myself winning
but I'm too dumb to fold

I stare down the clock
…it still ticks
Time is moving you away
Leaving me motion sick
I’ll go home, hide away, maybe get a drink and
Resolve to be less crippled by thinking

I can see the snow
Swirling around
The hyena stare
Of the border guards
I’m full of the storm, I’m rocking and reeling
I can’t lose the haunting feeling that

No Hurry Home

Written By: Charlie Milne

The gypsy girls eat acorns
and twist curls In their dirty hair
The sun is falling.
In the warm
evening air

We walk around.
We walk along the old railroad tracks
Up the river
And on the riverbank…

I I’m in no hurry home
If you’re doin’ okay
Then I’m doin’ alright

We get a drink
On a rust bucket old ship
That defiantly floats
Whilst others
would surely sink

Now You’re feeling the cold
Well that can’t be right
Come close, hold tight
It’s going to be
A long long night


Fear The Fives released their self-titled debut EP for digital download on Monday 3rd May 2010. The three-track EP, recorded in Franz Ferdinand's studio in Glasgow, was engineered by award-winning producer Paul Savage (Mogwai, The Delgados, Franz Ferdinand and many more).

Inspired by the long hot days of a Belgrade summer and too many rainy nights in Glasgow, the gypsy-driven piano, clipped guitars and tankard-swinging rhythms push and pull Charlie Milne’s soulful baritone in a reckless, bruised euphoria. After global economic meltdown and as the lights go out across northern Europe, this post-industrial Balkan rock train might not provide any answers but it’ll at least help you forget some of the questions.

"In a world filled with run of the mill indie bands, Fear the Fives have crafted something unique that should be treasured." - Peenko Music Review

"Fear the Fives bring back the passion missing for so long from music" - Bluesbunny.

"..trust me on this one one, this is pretty much an outstanding debut that I'd implore you all to seek out" - AyeTunes.

Set List

Depending on the gig, our set list can last from 30 minutes to one and a half hours.

We usually try to avoid doing covers but if we are feeling jaunty, you never know!