Exposé Online banner

Five Fifteen — Alcohol
(Sweden Rock SR2, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-01-01

Alcohol Cover art

Has it really been eight years since Six Dimensions of the Electric Camembert? That was the last full album by this Finnish hard rock band this writer heard, more or less corresponding to their switch to the Record Heaven label. On the surface, much has changed — including several wholesale turnovers in the band's lineup along the way, which prior to this latest release had singer / guitarist / frontman Mika Järvinen as the only remaining member from their Camembert days (it's always been his band, anyway), that is until singer / frontwoman Maikki Luiski returned to the group late last year, restoring the band's original male / female harmony vocal style. What hasn't changed is the concept behind their sound: a classic progressive hard rock style with psychedelic touches (a bit less now than before) presented without apologies by a committed band of true believers in the rock and roll lifestyle. A list of influences might include Zep, The Who, Floyd, Beatles, Hawkwind, Purple, and others from the late-60s / early-70s school of classic rock, and they're not afraid to wear those influences on the outside. Occasionally one might even hear a borrowed riff or lyric, which is something their heroes were prone to do also. Whatever one thinks of them or their chosen style in general, Five Fifteen deserves credit for keeping the flame burning bright, and adding their own unique stamp to this well-worn style. Prog purists may be horrified, but for this writer's money, Five Fifteen delivers the goods.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Five Fifteen

More info
http://www.novision.fi/fivefifteen

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Carl Weingarten - The Acoustic Shadow – The Acoustic Shadow is presented by Carl Weingarten as a sort of soundtrack to a lost story. Giving enigmatic and ambiguous track titles and utilizing everything from non-western folk instruments to...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues