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Five Days Off

Wainwright, Alberta, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Wainwright, Alberta, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Five Days Off is blues-rock, Wainwright style"

Two for the road

It took Jon Brown 15 years to master the classic fingerpicking track “Blackbird,” starting with a Beatles songbook on his first guitar and finally getting it when he watched Sir Paul McCartney himself play it live in Edmonton back in 2012.

Thankfully, it didn’t take nearly as long to create Five Days Off, the Wainwright-based dirty-blues duo he formed with drummer Joel Ezinga. Brown and Ezinga are both civilian firefighters at CFB Wainwright, the military base just south of town, where they maintain fire equipment and snuff grass fires from the spring training exercises. The two men were on the same shift and had time to jam together during, you guessed it, shared five days off.

“Where we work, it’s always: ‘What’re you doing for your five days off?'” says Brown from his Wainwright home, where he was spending a day off jamming on his guitar. “And if it wasn’t for that time off, maybe we would have never formed this band.”

Five Days Off is blues-rock in the classic sense: crunchy guitars set to overdrive with big drum rhythms shaking the crowd like a well-made martini. Ezinga digs the grimy punk rock of Rancid and sludgy ’90s heros Soundgarden, while Brown’s first love is the Beatles with a heaping scoop of anything Dave Grohl. Together, they sing songs about working life, grit and guitars.

Their compact lineup is equal parts style choice and necessity. Brown says they looked at duos like the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Japandroids and Death From Above 1979 and thought, “If they can do it, why not us?” Also, there’s the fact that Wainwright’s music scene, while populated with talented and versatile players, isn’t booming—local bands play weddings, parties and the annual stampede, while a restaurant hosts duelling pianos to play while diners sup on prime rib and steak.

With their first show in Edmonton coming up soon, Brown says they’re keen to record a full-length album. He and Ezinga released a self-titled EP late last year, something they put together with their laptops and recording software.

“It’s a quick and dirty version of our originals,” Brown says. “It’s to share with everyone that’s been asking for our music. But it’s a stepping stone: we do want to get into a studio and record.” - Vue Weekly


"Five Days Off in CBC talent contest"

Kelly Clemmer, Editor-in-Chief

Local duo of Joel Ezinga and Jon Brown, Five Days Off, is entered in CBC’s Searchlight contest running in the month of April, entering their original song, “Will to Fight.”
Searchlight is a national music competition looking to promote Canadian talent, with prizes of national radio play, mentorships, and tons of gear.
Over 3,000 applications entered CBC’s Searchlight for this talent contest, so there’s plenty of competition from across Canada.
Fire Days Off is a self-described hard, dirty, blues rock duo from Wainwright, hitting the FM airwaves guerrilla radio style.
The CBC voting is open, which started on March 30 and runs until April 13. Anyone is allowed to vote once a day for up to ten bands.
Ezinga and Brown have entered their original song, “Will To Fight” and so far, it’s been getting good results, said Ezinga.
“We can use all the votes we can get,” said Ezinga. “How cool would it be to have some Wainwright culture featured on a national scale?”
Five Days Off has been playing steady in Edmonton and Calgary over the last few months for their EP release, and have a show booked for April 18 in Lloydminster.
“It would be really cool to be picked, and get all the great prizes, but we really are looking for the exposure,” said Ezinga.
“We want awareness out there that we exist,” said Brown. “That we’re not just a cover band, and we now have fans on Twitter and they like our music. Without the Searchlight, they may have never found us otherwise.”
CBC has re-tweeted their song, “Will to Fight” which the duo think is good for the cause.
The first phase of the contest ends April 13, with people allowed to vote once per day.
Visit http://music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Five-Days-Off to vote. Their Twitter is: @realFiveDaysOff, or Like them on Facebook at facebook.com/FiveDaysOff. - Star News


"Five Days Off set for one big night"

Wainwright, Alta. rock group Five Days Off is about to get busy.

The self-described “dirty blues rock duo,” guitarist Jon Brown and drummer Joel Ezinga, will be performing at the Bluenose Bar and Grill on April 18. This is their first time playing at the maritime-themed pub and the band is excited to try out some new material.

Five Days Of released its self-titled debut EP at the end of last year. It was a do-it-yourself affair, with Brown emailing guitar licks to Ezinga, who then laid down the drum tracks in his basement jam space before sending the recordings to his brother in Edmonton for production. Brown would then travel to Edmonton to add vocals.

“We were at the point where we didn’t have a ton of money for an actual studio recording, so it was a very interesting process,” Brown said. “It came together nicely.

“Whenever we played a show ... we were getting asked where people can buy our music,” Ezinga said. “We didn’t have anything, so we put that together to give people something to take home with them.”

The group isn’t just over their music to fans in the province. April 13 was the last day of public voting in the regional round of CBC’s Searchlight contest, which aims to democratically identify “Canada’s best new musical act.” Five Days Off decided it would be a good opportunity have the band’s music reach a larger audience, and already producers in Ontario have reached out to the group.

“We decided that it would be a good idea just to get the word out that we exist and we actually aren’t just a wedding cover band,” Brown said. “Once it started up a lot of our friends and family really rallied behind us and people we don’t know started to jump on board too. so it’s been really good.”

They say people across the country have shown an interest in the group’s stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll. Despite being a guitar and drum duo, the group doesn’t feel that its sound is limited. Through some technological innovations, Five Days Off has made the roll of a bass player obsolete.

“Usually when we play live Jon’ll run a splitter, so he’s running a bass amp and a guitar amp and that sort of fills out the bottom end of the sound so ... you don’t really notice anything missing at all,” Ezinga said.

Having only two members gives Brown and Ezinga the space to improvise and modify parts of songs while on stage. Ezinga says when they play live the two are able to communicate and lead their compositions in new directions together.

“Very rarely when we play live do we play the songs exactly the same,” he said. “Jon’s got a really unique guitar style to him so he can play around as much as he wants or as little as he wants. Same thing with me on drums, if I feel like extending a piece of a song we just have this connection where somehow we just know what’s going on.” - Lloydminster Source


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Five Days Off, consisting of Jon Brown and Joel Ezinga, is a dirty blues/rock duo from Wainwright AB hitting the fm airwaves guerrilla radio style. The crunchy blues guitar/big drum combo will hit you square off the hop, and keep you salivating while they steadily build into hard driving rock. Be prepared. This is not a "one time listen". Downtown Jonny Brown captivates with his unique styling of crunchy, thick, blues inspired riffs and soulful vocals while the theoretical lovechild of Lars Ulrich and Taylor Hawkins that is Lazy J shakes your sternum with a rhythm unexpected.

Both full time firefighters at CFB Wainwright, the band formed when Ezinga and Brown were moved to the same crew together and had a mutual 5 days off between tours. Both seasoned musicians, things immediately clicked in the basement when Brown plugged in and took over the room with his trademark Gretsch. Ezinga sparked when he immediately realized he'd found someone who could handle and enhance his big drum sound, and the appropriately named Five Days Off was born.

Their goal is to bring back stripped down, straight up the middle rock to the people who have been patiently awaiting its return. What better way than to strip it down to it's core, guitar and drums? Over the last 5 months the pair have been playing shows steadily around Alberta to initially skeptical audiences at the sight of just 2 men on stage....until the first chord cracks and the realization that in this case, 2 men are all that's needed to light up the stage.

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