The Five L's

The Five L's

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Energetic Funk Metal Fusion. Sponsored by Jagermeister, Jnco Jeans, Everly Strings, Red Bull Energy Drink and Little John's Tattoo. Entering the sixth year of non-stop ass kicking balls to the wall performances in the Southeast Region.

Biography

The Five L’s formed in March of 2000 with the purpose of forging an aggressive funk-metal band that would also have a hip-hop influence. Their core musical influences were Rage Against The Machine, Jane’s Addiction, old Metallica, Notorious B.I.G., Tool, and Alice In Chains. The band quickly sold over 4,000 copies of their debut CD “What” at club performances across North and South Carolina.

Originally The Five L’s had six members but grew to seven with the edition of David “Scoop” Armstrong (DJ). With manpower changes on guitar and drums the band began work on their second full-length CD “Breathe Deep” in December 2003 with Thomas Johnson of Porno For Pyros producing. The album was self-released in April, 2004.

With the power of this sophomore recording effort the band began to attract some national attention and sponsors (Jagermeister, JNCO, Everly Strings, Little John’s Tattoo), expanded their performances from their core base in North and South Carolina to play club dates in Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama, and was selected as one of the featured acts (out of 245 bands performing) at the 2004 Atlantis Music Conference. Their song “My Faith” was included on several CD compilations including Southeast Exports (Knoxville, TN), the Best of 106.5 The End (Charlotte, NC), and the Atlantis Music Conference compilation CD that was distributed to numerous record labels. A nationally distributed Extreme Motorcycle DVD entitled " No Mercy" (Wausau, WI) also featured four compositions by the band, and “I Am The Matador” appeared on a Skratch Magazine (Orange County, CA) compilation. Also, a College Music Journal (NY, NY) ON-AIR compilation CD featured “Chest.” In April, 2005 The Five L’s was honored by inclusion on a Jagermeister compilation CD celebrating the company’s ten year anniversary of Jagermesiter Music. The band has also been featured on XM Unsigned and recorded a 60-second promo used on various XM radio channels. The songs “My Faith,” “Planting Seeds,” “I Am The Matador,” and “Chest” were all voted Song of the Week and Song of The Day on Garageband.com in the space of an eight-month period. This remains an unprecedented feet no other band has yet achieved in the history of the prestigious music website.

By October, 2005 the band had opened for nearly two dozen national acts sharing the stage with Slipknot, Slayer, Sevendust, Stuck Mojo, Killswitch Engage, Mastodon, Clutch, NonPoint, Three Days Grace, Phunk Junkeez, 2 Skinnee J’s, Flaw, Switched, Twizted (Psychopathic Rydaz), Dying Fetus, Dope, Bile, 420 Monks, Mushroom Head, Fear Factory, Dog Fashion Disco, and Nocturn. With the help of Howard Rosen Promotion, Inc. (Van Nuys, CA) the band recently completed a national college radio campaign and a commercial radio specialty show campaign. The band also recently secured legal representation, a publicist, showcased at the prestigious MidPoint Music Conference in Cincinnati, OH (September 21-24), and is currently seeking management with strong music industry connections. The Five L’s have received preliminary inquiries from six major record labels and is currently recording material for their third CD. After receiving advice from several of these labels, the next CD will have a decidedly less hip-hop overtone. With this new direction David “Scoop” Armstrong left the band in May, 2005 to further pursue his business interests in heavycontact.com (a hip hop webzine and beat making studio). In January 2006 Tim Westmoreland also left the band and was replaced by Cowboy.

Also in January, 2006, The Five L's had two additional tracks from "Breathe Deep" including on a second extreme motorcycling DVD call "Unleashed." This DVD is also in national distribution.

Band Profile:

In an industry teeming with unoriginal bands, The Five L’s strive to be different. The Five L’s seamlessly blend funk, metal, alternative rock, and hardcore. After five years of perfoming across the southeast The Five L’s have solidified their place as one of North Carolina’s premier bands.

Don’t just take our word for it though… The Five L’s are sponsored by Jagermeister (NY), JNCO Jeans (LA), Everly Strings (Burbank), and Little John’s Tattoo (Greensboro) and is working on other endorsement deals with companies that recognize the power of this group’s unapologetic message. They have shared the stage with nearly two dozen national acts, had music chosen for numerous nationally distributed compilation CDs and DVDs, was one of the featured acts at the 2004 Atlantis Music Conference, showcased at the Midpoint Muisc Conference in Cincinnati, conducted nation college radio and commercial radi specialty show campaigns, and attracted the attention of a half dozen major record labels as tracks from their sophomore recording “Breathe Deep” went to #1 on a couple of prestigious Internet music site charts.

“Breathe Deep” was produced and mixed by Thomas Johnson, a former member of Porno For Pyros who has recorded

Lyrics

"Chest"

Written By: The Five L's

Chest

it always seems like i'm running away
things i should probably buck up on
don't tell me i'm too dirty
that's the way i like it see
cause and effect so frightening
my life is unenlightening
you lay me down and put my head to rest
then you shake the ground on which i stand

chorus
there you were you kicked a hole into my fucking chest
but i'm not dead
there you were you put a hole into my fucking chest
but i'm still here, i'm still here, i'm still here

it's like a game in the back of my mind
when it all comes tumbling down
it's not hard for me to see
that you don't want me around
when you ripped me open
and you peered deep down in my soul
that's when i knew i finally lost control
i never thought that we would get this far
but here we are
i never thought that you could break me down
and leave these scars
but you laid me down and put my head to rest
now you shake the ground on which i stand

chorus

it always seems like i'm running away
man i should probably buck up on
don't tell me i'm too dirty
that's the way i like it see
cause, effect so frightening
my life.....unenlightening
lay me down and put my head to rest
before you shake this ground on which i stand

chorus

"My Faith"

Written By: The Five L's

My Faith

shiny things, that attract me to you
i think in the end they only hurt me
i push away anything that's greater than me
cause it only leads to my defeat
you gotta go away
cause i'm not taking any visitors
no none today
so i pray for a sign
from my faith, my god, why's my head been turning?

chorus
because it makes me think about my faith, my god, why's my head been turning,
my faith my god why's my head been turning away?
- it makes you think about the days when you were on top smoking crops with your boys
singing f*&k the cops, makes you think about the days that you were on top way above
when everyday we used to kick it non stop

amazing train of thoughts that leave my mind
i'm always so far behind
sometimes i think i should be leaving
but i struggle, so hard, i find myself believing
crazy me, i get so caught up in my faith, my god, why's my head been turning
so i just lay here in waiting for my faith, my god, why's my head been turning

chorus

so you think about the days that you were on top
smoking crops with your boys singing f*%k the cops
things change, lives become rearranged
you gotta stay hard to make it in these days
so you go on, keep living a lie
yeah you smoke on, keep puffing the lie
yeah you hold on, to everything inside
but you never stop to think about my faith, my god, why's my head been turning

you gotta give me something to believe in...

Discography

CDs:
"What" (2000 Self-Release)
"Breathe Deep" (2004 Self-Release)

Compilation CDs:
“My Faith” on Southeast Exports 3 (2003; Knoxville, TN),

"My Faith" on The Best of 90 Minutes (2004; 106.5 The End Charlotte, NC FM radio station)

"My Faith" on Atlantis Music Conference compilation CD (2004; Atlanta, GA)

“I Am The Matador” on Skratch Magazine Indie Sampler Volume 2 (2005; Orange County, CA)

"Chest" on College Music Journal ON-AIR Vol. 007 (2005; NY, NY)

"Chest" on Jagermeister Ten Year Anniversay (April, 2005)

DVDs:
Four tracks on "No Mercy" (2004; Wausau, WI)

Two tracks on "Unleashed" (February, 2006; Wausau, WI)

Streaming available at www.thefivels.com and at www.myspace.com/thefivels

Set List

Live Show Typical Set:
# Songs: 10 to 15
# Sets: One
Set Length: 45 minutes to 1.5 hours
# Originals: Plays all original songs
# Covers: Zero, none, zilch, nada, nope
Favorite Encore Song: "Incomplete"
Set list includes songs from "Breathe Deep, "What, and new songs being currently recorded for their thrid CD. Check band website for more information on songs (www.thefivels.com)