The Five Points Band
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The Five Points Band

Woodstock, New York, United States

Woodstock, New York, United States
Band Rock Americana

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Sep
18
The Five Points Band @ Goodbye Blue Mondays

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Brooklyn, New York, USA

Aug
20
The Five Points Band @ The Rodeo Bar

New York City, New York, USA

New York City, New York, USA

Aug
08
The Five Points Band @ Keegan Ales

Kingston, New York, USA

Kingston, New York, USA

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Ida the Spider is a real rock ‘n’ roll record: funny, wild and intense, the kind of thing there’s not enough of in our cookie-cutter world. It has raw animal power and sweet teardrops to put in your morning tea. The music, drunken and loosey-goosey, has that beautiful quality of things that feel like
they can fall apart at any second but never do. It’s not too uptight to let the jams
do what they do on their own, but when
it wants to tighten up and whack your
head off it does…at its leisure. It is full of
surprises, spirit and good-feelin’ rockin’.

The playing is great; JBird Bowman’s
drumming is thoughtful and artful,
bashing when need be. His singing proves great too, especially on “Stealin’,” my feelgood anthem of the summer. That song will make Pigpen jump out of his grave and do a merry jig. Robin the Hammer’s guitar displays all feel and soul and color, and his singin’—just rockin’, like the guy on the corner who sings for his supper, but if you actually take the time to listen you’ll be there all day emptying your wallet.

The songs all have their own flavor
and exist because they had to get out
of someone’s heart. Ida the Spider is a
narrative in the Stagger Lee tradition: the
talking lives in that special place where a
fucked-up lunatic becomes an insightful
genius, and I love hearing a good story.
There are surreal songs like “Long Toad
Evening” where toads, voodoo and the
mysteries of our own cocks and pussies
rain from the sky, a bolero freak-out called
“Clanky Bar” and the blast-your-face-off “Down the Road.”

Rock ‘n’ roll is about facing your demons; it is scary work and I wanna go to battle with the Five Points Band on my side. This record gets inside ya and makes ya feel good. Rock on Five Points Band.
—Flea - Elmore Magazine


With its epic punkabilly slide guitar—courtesy of Robin the Hammer and recklessly powerful drummage from JBird Bowman—the Five Points Band like it rough and raw (like a combo of Tom Waits, Velvet Underground, and the Stones) enough to inspire the Red Hot Chili Peppers' own Flea to exclaim on their behalf: “Facing your demons is not a child’s job—it is scary work, and I wanna go to battle with the Five Points Band on my side.” Swampy, bluesy, and occasionally spinning a good yarn, this Woodstock-based family band keeps it simple, and almost all of the time get it just right. - Roll Magazine


Ida the Spider is a real rock and roll record, it is funny and wild and intense, the kind of thing there is not enough of in our cookie cutter world.
It has raw animal power and sweet teardrops to put in your morning tea.
The music is drunken and loosey goosey, it has that beautiful quality of things that feel like they can fall apart at any second but never do, it is just not too uptight to let the jams do what they're gonna do on their own, but when it wants to tighten up and wack your head off it does............... at it's leisure.
It is full of surprises, spirit, and good feelin rockin.
The playing is great, Jbird Bowman's drumming is always thoughtful and artful and bashes when need be. His singing is great too especially on 'Stealin' my feel good anthem of the summer. That song will make Pigpen jump out of his grave and do a
merry jig. Robin the Hammer's guitar is all feel and soul and color and his singin is just rockin, like the guy begging on the corner who will sing for his supper, but if you actually take the time to listen you'll be there all day listening and emptying your wallet. It is a warm feeling.
The songs all have their own flavor and feel and exist because they had to get out of someone's heart and for no other reason.
Ida the Spider is a narrative in the 'Stagger Lee' tradition, the talking lives in that special place where a fucked up lunatic is an insightful genius and I love hearing a good story.
There is a surreal song called Long Toad Evening where toads and voodoo and the mysteries of our own cocks and pussies are raining from the sky and a bolero freak out
called 'clanky bar' and an blast your face off 'down the road'.
Facing your demons is not a child's job, and facing your demons is what rock and roll is about, it is scary work and I wanna go to battle with the Five Points Band on my side.
This record gets inside ya and makes ya feel good. Rock on Five Points Band. - Elmore Magazine


Discography

Five Points Band (2000)
Roots and The Spirit (2002)
Just a Taste (EP) (2005)
Ida the Spider and the American Dream (2008)

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Bio

NY based group The Five Points Band take their name and inspiration from the Five Points neighborhood in NYC where the band was formed in 1997. Their music is texture and insight into a world not always filled with happy endings, where outlaws can be heroes, where oddities are welcomed and monsters are appreciated.

The members of the Five Points Band are a family;
Robin the Hammer (patriarch)-guitar, vocals
Miss Acacia (daughter of Robin)-vocals, bass
JBird Bowman (husband to Miss Acacia)-drums, vocals

The Five Points Band's sound is dirty Rock with spooky Americana undertones and has been called 'Heavy Gothic Americana'.

"Rock 'n' roll is about facing your demons; it is scary work and I wanna go to battle with the Five Points Band on my side. This record gets inside ya and makes ya feel good. Rock on Five Points Band."
-Flea
Red Hot Chili Peppers

"Imagine if Tom Waits, Johnny Cash and Robert Johnson were doing shots of moonshine in a some backwater shack in the bayou writing songs and playing music for weeks on end - that is The Five Points Band"
-rocketChips
last.fm

"With its epic punkabilly slide guitar-courtesy of Robin the Hammer and recklessly powerful drummage from JBird Bowman-the Five Points Band like it rough and raw (like a combo of Tom Waits, Velvet Underground, and the Stones)."
-Roll Magazine

"They're a lot of fun, a somewhat bizarrely satirical, funny bluespunk band with good chops and good energy."
-Lucid Culture