The Five One

The Five One

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandAlternative

If you had to define their sound you would have to imagine The Beatles rapping over a punk song made by Bob Marley.

Biography

The Five One's influences range from legendary rock/pop artists to the most iconic figures in hip-hop culture. If you had to define their sound you would have to imagine The Beatles rapping over a punk song made by Bob Marley. Although their sound is refreshing, the most meaningful aspect behind The Five One is their concept. Revalulion [rev-uh-loo-lee-n], is the action of personifying oneself as a color, which is a philosophical term coined by the band. The members of The Five One Red, Blue, Green, and Gold, have simplified themselves from the complexities of societal identity by becoming colors. Defined only by the color in their closets, the color-coded quartet has a niche for meaningful lyrics and a sound that defies the norms of popular music.

Trekking around their area now known as the DMV (Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia), they have spread their music and mythology while sharing the stage with local acts whose genres range from Rock and Reggae to Hip-Hop and R&B. In the summer of 2008 the band played the Afro Punk Festival in Brooklyn, New York joining an eclectic blend of artists such as Janelle Monae, Saul Williams, and Murs. The Five One has always been able to naturally integrate into any music scene or genre. Entering MTV’s Dewcircuit Breakout Contest, they obtained national exposure with their song “Active” on MTV2, side-by-side various rock acts across the nation.

With the emergence of niche music blogs, the band gained a lot of attention on the internet through rearranging songs of various artists such as Bob Marley, Lykke Li, N*E*R*D, Gorillaz, Zero 7, Vampire Weekend, Kanye West, and many more. With songs like “District of Colossus” and “What Sarah Said” The Five One grants listeners a sample of their approach by creating songs that deliver intellectually, as well as providing infectious choruses and melodies. This remix project has accrued over 40,000 downloads, and individual songs and videos have been covered on various sites such as MTVU, USAToday, Chicago Now (Gowherehiphop) and Washington Post.

Meeting in Reston, Virginia The Five One has recorded all of their music themselves, in a basement filled with guitars; a drum set, a few microphones, and looped-based recording software. As studio artists their explorations in music are focused on pushing boundaries Implementing samples and loops with live instrumentation. Percussion on their songs sometimes will be a drum kit and other times a chair or bang of a skateboard. Their live show is treated as an opportunity to re-engineer the material into a surprising new form with Red playing guitar, Blue on the drums, Green on keys, and Gold on bass. The Five One’s songs deliver a real message in color that will inspire those who take the long and winding road to freedom.

Lyrics

Mandatory

Written By: The Five One

See I might be the only one that doesn't see why your hurt
See I might be the only one that sees what your worth
Do you Respect me
That Makes you Lucky

Verse 1:
She picked me up on the coldest winter day
Further down that river, listening to Morning View
And since that day I've been searching for her clone
One who sees in Lennon Imagine what I do
You see I am always Thinking about you
And just like you told me I'm Nothing without you

Chorus:
You are not my competition
You will always stand here for me
All the others never listen
Repetitions Mandatory

Verse 2:
Tomorrow Night There are fireworks in the sky
We come together With a little help from my friends
And you and I Are a bass without the strings
Composing symphonies With our memories

You see I am always Thinkin about you
Just like you told me I'm Nothing without you

Chorus:
You are not my competition
You will always stand here for me
All the others never listen
Repetitions Mandatory

Verse 3:
Ur in search of vision// picture still stuck in ur brain// squeezing on the paint brush// squinting at the page// u alREady see it// the problem that face// vessel without a COLOR// no marks no stains// its hard to be an artist// with no way u can leave//ur message to the world// or a way to set it free// always by ur side mama feed me with ur nite thoughts// fear is only natural ill handle all the hard parts// a tear from the sky// BLUE is where it lands// and I can see the hurricane// behind ya lil stance// so u need only reach for me// ill aid u with my hands// but the journey for u COLOR ur gone have to alone//

Discography

The Virginia Complex (2006)
The Red Complex (2007)
The Green Complex (2008)
Mandatory [Single] MTVU VH1 Video Play (2010)
Red Blue Green Gold [LP] ( COMING SPRING 2011)

Set List

Cornbread
7AM
Well Hello
Mandatory
Playground
Want Know
Happy Meals
Umi Says
Colors
Stuntin' Like Mufasa
LA Girl
Fell In Love With a Girl