Formula 5
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Formula 5

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Mar
02
Formula 5 @ Red Square

Albany, New York, USA

Albany, New York, USA

Mar
01
Formula 5 @ Monopole

Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Feb
15
Formula 5 @ Acoustic Cafe

Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

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After missing them for the past few months, I finally got a chance to see Formula 5 after numerous friends telling me to GO SEE THIS BAND! and I picked the perfect night. Packed into the Bayou (a pleasant feeling once again), the four-piece band (interviewed by Jenni Wilson last week) opened up with a good starter in “Hot Box” followed by “Catch me”, with guitarist Joe Davis very guitar happy and sounding a solid bit like Trey. “King Harvest”, with a slight twist, was a unique call and showed that this group is a true jamband, playing originals and covering the rarer songs, not “”The Weight” or “Brown Eyed Girl”. The more ambitious or rare the cover, the higher praise and respect you’ll gain from an audience. Speaking of that, I was blown away by Peter Gabriel’s ”Sledgehammer”, a solid cover with a nice jam in the middle. “Coming Home” featured Mike McDonald on keys, followed by “Mister Elixer” that was intensely extrapolated. Tuning up “The Music Never Stopped”, a song debuted at Autumation in Lake George, had a little something extra in it and generated the crowd to dance, with many likely unknowing of the song’s Grateful Dead roots; it was a young crowd. “Goin’ Down”, a Freddie King song better known as the theme to Eastbound and Down preceded “3 Ring Circus”, a song off Formula 5's upcoming debut album, slated for release in January of 2013. An encore of “Weekapaug Groove” and original “Movin’ On” capped off more than two hours of music that satiated the crowd after a full Thanksgiving night of family and food.
As a bonus, the Formula 5 set will be released as a free download in upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for details. - Upstate Live Music Magazine (NY)


"It is certainly refreshing to see a young up and coming band be so passionate about their music and be representing Albany’s music scene" - Upstate Live Music Magazine (NY)


Discography

New album due out in March 2012.

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Formula 5: A band that truly represents Upstate New York! With members ranging from Albany to Lake George, this up-and-coming 4-piece brings together its diverse influences to create a unique yet familiar organic jam sound that will make you want to move your feet. With thought-provoking and soulful lyrics, soaring melodies, and an emphasis on tight instrumentation and improvisation, this band brings a familiar freshness to the term “jam band”. In their very short 1-year tenure, they have shared the stage with regional/national acts such as The Heavy Pets, Dopapod, Twiddle, Timbre Coup, Capital Zen, Turbine, The McLovins, Thunder Body, Goosepimp Orchestra, and MK Groove Orchestra while playing most of the regional stops in Upstate NY for original music. With their roots in jam, jazz, funk, blues, bluegrass, electronica and many others, this group is sure to satisfy whatever your taste in music while making it truly their own.