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This Frequency Five

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The best kept secret in music


"Band tunes into themselves"

DETROIT -- While some up-and-coming bands are dead-set on seeking fame and fortune, groups such as This Frequency Five are content playing by their own rules.

“We’re really into the D.I.Y. (do it yourself) tradition,” says frontman Ray Moses. “Things aren’t going to come to you, you have to go to them.”

In doing it themselves, This Frequency Five has done well. Last summer, the band released its first CD, “Secrets of Dead Men,” on their label, Recordings of Free Will.

The band, which has played nearly 100 shows in the last few years, has, through self-promotion, made a name for itself around town. This Frequency Five nabbed a slot on the 2002 Vans Warped Tour and opened for respected indie rock bands such as Boy Sets Fire and Elliot.

Name: This Frequency Five

Lineup: Ray Moses, vocals and guitar; Chris Cox, bass; Jim Lucido, drums; Josh Brown, guitar and vocals.

Sound: “We’re influenced by so much, not just music, but what we’ve been through as friends, and that really pours over into our sound,” Moses says. As far as genres go, “hardcore, punk, indie, new-wave — it’s all in there.”

Next: This Frequency Five will perform at 9 tonight at a benefit show for the collective, a group of student artists at Wayne State University. The show takes place at Alvin’s, 5756 Cass Ave. in Detroit. Other acts on the bill include the Amino Acids, the Highlife, Bisou Bisou and All Before Now. Cover charge is $6. Call (313) 831-4577. For more information on This Frequency Five, visit

Melody Baetens is a Metro Detroit free-lance writer. You can e-mail her at melody
- Detroit News


The Secrets of Dead Men -2004-
This Frequency Five E.P -2002-
Detroit Unity Crew Compilation -2001-
Various Small Run Ep's -1998-2001-


Feeling a bit camera shy


With grit and determination, This Frequency Five have persevered in a somewhat carnivorous Detroit indie scene. With a matured sound wrought with eerie leads and intelligent time signatures, the group consisting of Chris Cox (bass), Josh Brown (Guitar / Vocals), James Lucido (drums), And Ray Moses (vocal/guitar) have created a unique collection of inspiring and original material.

Influenced by various genres throughout TF5 grew up mainly in the urban hardcore underground scene and still retains the DIY ethics of that movement. They are a self-promotion machine and are not afraid to do what it takes and get their hands dirty when called upon. They retain a passion to always keep progressing sonicly and as a unit. A firm believer in pushing the limits and drawing from all realms of music and life experience, they have been successful in converting their inspiration into their own sound.

Friends as well as bandmates, the group has watched the music scene in Detroit evolve and take shape throughout the years and has been an active part in helping to support that scene in any way they can. Although they have their eyes on bigger things and the drive to back it up, This Frequency Fives’ heart will always belong to Detroit as their energized original sound that is found in all great bands from that city dictates.