Young, talented, driven, persistent and passionate are five words out of many that could be used to describe the members and force that are 5 Years and Counting. Undaunted by the size of the world and the stream of tunes that would normally drown oneís courage this band has been a sound to be reckoned with from the beginning.
Founded in the month of August 2007 by Sean MacDonald (vocalist and guitarist) this band merely in its tadpole stage showed great potential and struck deep emotion and power into the local Las Cruces crowd. Ever hungry for more and with the addition of Will Rodriguez (pianist) 5YAC quickly grew out of its pond and leaped into the larger music scene. Working off each otherís talent young Will and Sean found themselves writing inspiring new material which later lead to the creation of the self released E.P. entitled: "With thoughts But Not Regrets."
Sean and Will had first met years before at the ages of eleven and twelve when just beginning to taste the possibility of music that would grow into their passion and life. Self-discovery separated them for a period of six years as they learned individually about themselves and their sound. Meeting again and after the release of their first E.P. their music naturally evolved and needed another influence. They soon added another member by the name of Robert Flamm (guitarist) and the possibilities began to feel endless. Three members, all equally passionate, floating among the sea of tunes had come together and the music world has been thankful.
The music of 5YAC started out as an acoustic project that was heavily influenced by some of the struggles that both Sean and Willís families took on; for example, Take Me Home is a song on the self released E.P. and was written after two separate divorces occurred in both members families. All of the songs by 5YAC reflect different experiences that the members have gone through in their lives. This is much the reason of their fan base giving hope to this generation of lost individuals who, themselves, have gone through similar experiences. On the road the members of the band are often approached with more thanks than praise for the help that their music has offered to fans in hard times when no other person or musician seemed to be able reach them.
After taking the Southern local music scene by storm as well as all of New Mexico's, the band developed a huge online presence that assisted them in routing, planning and marketing a 5 month nationwide tour promoting their self released E.P. One new alternator, a few sleepless nights, and about one million packets of ramen noodles later their 5 months on the road tour was a tremendous success. Fans across the nation had something to be hopeful for in this time of musical incest. In a ocean of sound where each band sounds just like another wave crashing and breaking against the shore 5YAC is proving to be the lone lighthouse guiding we fans towards better composition and melody. This wasn't the first time 5YAC has been road bound. The guys have also done several mini-tours along the west coast and the southern states touching base at prestigious venues such as the famed Whiskey A Go Go, Knitting Factory, Pan American Center , and the The Door Dallas.
As of now, with the addition of a few new members, 5 Years and Counting continues to play shows and is writing new material, which they plan to release in the near future. This bands driving persistence has produced nothing but aces and the year 2009 holds many up itís sleeve. The guys are about to set sail on a digital release campaign of their ĒWith Thoughts But Not Regrets" E.P. which holds high hopes for 2009. The year 2009 should also be packed full of tour dates for all of 5YACís eagerly waiting fans and family to look forward to. Here we are many more than five years from this bands birth and if you ask me; We will be happily counting for many years to come.