Five O'Clock People

Five O'Clock People

BandAlternativeRock

"five o'clock people stand in a long tradition of thoughtful art rockers whose creatively deft rhythms, poetic imagery and painfully honest lyrics of love and loss strike a note of recognition wherever American students gather."

Biography

five o'clock people draws from a wide variety of sonic
and lyrical influences-- they cite artists
that range from Gordon Lightfoot to Nirvana to Cyndi
Lauper to REM to Michael Knott to Peter Gabriel.
The commonality among these bands is a strong
storytelling focus and eclectic instrumentation,
married to undeniable pop sensibility.

Their live shows are a captivating mix of exquisite songcraft, musicianship, and the effortless vocal interplay between three distinct yet complementary vocalists.

Lyrics

FEBRUARY

Written By: Drew Grow (c) Here Tiger Music

FEBRUARY
Its getting cold inside this house
all is quiet in the echo of the shout
I hear you crying up the stairs
February's not been kind over the years
will we make it there from here
come on baby, aren't you just a little sick of thefear
I can see you're terrified
but it only makes it harder when we lie
apocalyptic so to speak
I missed the earthquake lying back in bed asleep
they say it hailed out on the beach
you say something comes between the supernatural and me

will we make it there from here
come on baby aren't you just a little sick of the fear
I can see your shaking hands
things don't always turn out like we planned

I'm sick of how I talk about you to myself
I'm afraid of what you'll ruin
with what you deserve

AFTERMATH

Written By: Alex Walker(c) Glass Joe Music

this is the aftermath
the falling back of everything again
this is the aftermath
she took you back but never took you in
this is the last confession
one final indiscretion
and every road leads back into the aftermath
don't believe don't forget don't pretend you need meyet
don't believe don't forget don't pretend you need me

this is the aftermath
the last attack on all you thought you were
this is the aftermath the sudden lapse that took you under
this is the last condition the fatal indecision
she's never coming back this is the aftermath

don't believe don't forget don't pretend you need me yet don't believe don't forget don't pretend you need me

this is the question why
the slow goodbye to everything before
this is the stammered lie(s) you canonized
that brought you to her
you did your best to stop them
this drug could be a problem
and every road leads back into the aftermath

don't believe don't forget don't pretend you need me yet
don't believe don't forget don't pretend you need me
stay awake steal away still too late to let this fade
sell yourself stare it down steal away without me now

AUTUMN

Written By: Alex Walker

AUTUMN
Swing me back again,
Oh I want to believe for one last time
do we just pretend to say it all again
break it down
is it still behind you now it seems real
and you want her
you've become her
and you wonder where she's gone
unrequited
still you fight it
somewhere in your eyes I find
I can still recall the stars aligned
I can't believe it when my favorite story ends
did you break down
afraid of what you found
are we still here and you want her
you've become her and you wonder where she's gone
you regret it but you meant it
I have seen this fall to pieces and still return return return

could we just pretend to say it all again
stare it downand drag for what you've drowned
disbelieving
still you want her
you've become her and you wonder where she's gone
did she find you
undermine you
and I have seen this fall to pieces and still return return return
I have seen this fall beneath us
still I will ask return return return

GOLD RUSH

Written By: Alex Walker(c) Glass Joe Music


You never asked too much
we never said those words
you never once tried hard enough
some things will last too long
we never quite belonged
we never were that strong before
and you won't like this -- but how we try itl
eave this undone
we were the jealous ones

She was the first kiss and the last blush
She was the cold war he was the gold rush
She was the reason why we never needed this
and so you still try to handle it

You were the last to know
She was the first to tell you so:'there's nothing left below this'

some things are best undone
we won't hurt that long
reason it all you want
But you will leave her- slink out beneath her
You'll never be the one to take the last word
I'm all out of reasons
we should stop believing
if the heart has its reasons
can't we stop this bleeding
i feel its so wrong what i've needed so long
I'm all out of reasons we should stop believing
the heart has its reasons we can' stop this bleeding

she was waiting there when the word came
he was a good man; she was the sea change
Not the last chance nor the chosen one
what she came for and ran away from
she was the first kiss of the endgame
he was cowardice under a codename
tremble and tear oh so easily
from what he promised you and what you claimed to be

Discography

five o'clock people, self titled, 1995
Blame Taker, 1996 grey matters records
Fall, 1998 grey matters
five o'clock people/Aaron Sprinkle split EP, 1999
Pamplin/Organic
The Nothing Venture, 1999 Pamplin Records
"sorry" released on CMJ radio, featured on 'Certain
Damage' compilation
Tripping The Spindley Distractive (retrosective; live
songs, b-sides) '00
spindley records
In The Bleak Midwinter (Live at The Hollywood Theater)
2001
spindley records
Temper Temper 2008 outgo records

Set List

We can comfortably fill a 2 hour slot with original
material; we generally will throw in a cover or two
for brevity and variety's sake.
Here is a typical set list:
1. gold rush
2. blame
3. february
4. aftermath
5. enfant terible
6. stable boy
7. autumn
8. sorry
9. waltz
10. lightning rod
11. angry rant
12. deer country
13. so far gone
14. the problem with you
15. fall silent
16. last one out
17. fight good sinners

We have done a great variety of covers throughout our
years as a band;
here's a partial listing.

The Innocence Mission: Every Hour Here
Freedy Johnston: Bad Reputation
Michael Knott: GGG
Over The Rhine: Latter Days
Gordon Lightfoot: Sundown
Simon and Garfunkel: Mrs. Robinson
Pearl Jam: Nothing Man
PM Dawn: I'd Die Without You