St. Louis is the home base for several bands that truly need to be heard worldwide, in my humble opinion. One of those bands, Fivefold, has now released its first full length album entitled The Story. I recently had the opportunity to speak with guitarist Matt (Turbo) Benne about the band, their new album and the new video.
The current lineup of Fivefold consists of Benne and fellow guitarist Jake (Scooter Baggins) Harrington, Ryan (Tomahawk) Pauk thumping the bass, Derrick (The Animal) Huskey on drums, along with amazing vocalist Ryan (Falcor) Cheney. I would be remiss if I wrote about this band’s lineup without making special mention of late guitarist Jesse (J-Bubz) Berlin who tragically passed away in his sleep in January of this year. Jesse was a very special part of Fivefold. I know that his bandmates miss him terribly, as do all of his fans. “Through the music and especially the songs on the new album, the memory of Jesse lives on,” Benne shared.
Fivefold began their formation while in high school. “Ryan (Cheney,) Jesse, Derrick and I all started playing together around 2007,” Benne revealed. “We had gone through several bass players for the first few years. About the time we were releasing our (self titled) EP in 2010, we met Jake who came into the band as the bass player. The energy that he brings helps lift the rest of band to new heights.” Harrington is now playing guitar for the band. “We were told about Pauk by some people at Arch City Video when we were asked to film a segment of their Pointfest 29 video. I called him that day. He’s now an integral piece of our puzzle. He’s very straight forward, yet fun to be around and a great music talent, too.”
“We’re really happy with the new album. We wanted to put it together in a way where it sounds familiar, yet different, too. Sometimes when you talk about yourself, it almost sounds as if you’re being arrogant. I’m not in any way trying to do that. Each of us have bands that we really like and we want to sound like them a little, but we mainly just want a sound that is our own. We wanted an album that stands out from the crowd and we think The Story does just that. I think you can hear the emotion that’s put into each song on the album.”
I asked Matt to share some inside info about Fivefold that many of their fans may not know. “Well, we’re pretty open about everything. I can tell you that we don’t like to party before we perform. We want to be clear-headed when we’re on stage and then just let the music that we’re playing take us away to new places.”
Fivefold has opened for bands such as Brookroyal, Evalyn Awake and Buckcherry. “Each of those bands are amazing and we enjoyed playing with all of them,” Benne said. They’ve also just recently opened for The Offspring at a concert in front of the Soldiers Memorial building in downtown St. Louis. There, the band played every song on The Story album, plus other songs that are fan favorites, too. “We were honored to be able to open for The Offspring and grateful to have been given a full hour of performance time.”
You can find more information about the band on their website www.fivefoldband.com or on their Facebook and Myspace pages. While there, be sure to use the links they’ve provided to pick up the album The Story, as well as their original, self titled EP. You can also use the link they’ve provided to shop for Fivefold merch.
“Now we’re excited to finally be able to release the video for the song, “Broken”.” We know that many people have asked us when our first video is going to be finished. Now, it’s ready and we truly hope everyone enjoys it.” I know that we will, Matt.
The Story for Fivefold is only now beginning to unfold.