Five Cent Wing - Fall in Love With Fiction (EP)
Record Label: Self-Released
Release Date: February 12, 2008
A promising four-piece pop-punk band from the rising Raleigh, North Carolina music scene (The Mile After), who blend clean-cut, perfect-fit vocals (think Forgive Durden meets In Reverie-era Saves the Day) and storyline songwriting (The Get Up Kids, The Ataris) into something well-worth listening to.
How is it?
With an overcrowded pop scene becoming all that more crowded with every turn, it's a breath a fresh air to have a young upstart band like Five Cent Wing come along. The band knows exactly who they are talking to, never treating the listener as dumb as the material at hand (we all know what bands are guilty of doing this), bringing songs that are about growing up, friendship and getting out of your hometown back to the forefront of subject matter in pop-punk - something that The Ataris and MxPx (amongst others) made good use of in the late 90's. "Pillaging Your Villaging" discusses the band's goals with a candor not heard often in many young voices of today, with vocalist Evan Lucy belting out, in a confident swagger, "So while you're sitting on your couch / We're making plans for getting out," speaking to those that watch life go by and later on, wonder where the hell it went.
"Who I Am Tonight" has some bite to its loose-ended pop groove, and drummer Patrick Burt brings a jazzy feel to the verses before erupting into a chorus so catchy, you just might find yourself dancing in the living room as your cat/dog/lover stares on before getting up to dance along with you. Bassist Brian Ritter gives "Our Brand New Lives" a deep undercurrent of edge and emotion, as Lucy and guitarist Danny Kaufman skillfully prove they are certainly not novices at playing guitar. The ballad sounds like early Straylight Run, with Lucy sounding so much like John Nolan - and the emotional background resembling much of the self-titled debut - you honestly forget you're listening to a self-funded band who is still trying to make their break. And just try - I dare you - to not fall head over heels for the power-pop, guttural-eruption that is "Danger! High Fashion!" - it's a force to be reckoned with, on all levels.
In just under 22 minutes, Five Cent Wing snags your ear, earns your attention and provides an EP that not only sounds absolutely fantastic, but (most importantly) doesn't sound like it's been performed by a band who has yet to achieve mainstream success, still struggling to find that balance between the middle ground. Forget falling in love with fiction - if you need a new band to set your sights on, fall in love with Five Cent Wing.