Rule 5

Rule 5

 Santa Rosa, California, USA
BandRockReggae

Rule 5, an 8-piece ska band from Sonoma County, California, takes the principles of technical musicianship and merges them with the soul-wrenching musical goodness of rock, punk, funk, and countless other styles, creating what can only be described as the next wave in ska music.

Biography

Rule 5 started out as a many bands do: as a group of friends and musicians who felt like they had nothing to prove. From the begining, we had no standout musician, no star talent. Instead, we all relied on each other to create not just loud noises, but sound - real chords, actual progressions. Over time, we have grown together, all the while growing the band from an upstart, raw group of misfits into a focused, driven, and (most importantly) fun new ska band.

We like to keep things fresh - every show is a new show, a new crowd, and new chance to try new things. We are constantly writing new songs, planning new stage shenanigans, and creating new tricks to make sure that you will be captivated from the minute we walk onstage to the final chord when we crowdsurf back home. Over the course of this band's live shows, we have been known to somehow incorporate candy, silly string, balloons, superhero costumes, flyers, pizza, birthday cake, cobwebs, tombstones, fog machines, fake moustache/glasses, bubbles, posters, signs, T-shirts, air horns, transformer sounds, and most importantly, the element of surprise. Who knows what might happen next?

The Rule 5 inspiration is everyday life. We write music about whatever makes our brains tick, from our favorite foods (see our song Pizza Guy) to medieval barfights (Unleash the Beast), from real life experiences (Disneyland Convict, Angry Neighbors) to...well, space pirates (Space Pirates). We are blue collar musicians, simply expressing the frustrations, joys, and pangs of life that each and every person experiences.

from any angle, this band takes unconventionality and makes it effective, turns the ordinary into the ironic, and breaks all the rules into a single form: The only rule that ever mattered.

Discography

Silly in a Bad Way EP (self-released, 2010)