I have listened to a lot of rock in my life, but this was the first time I heard of the sub-genre: dirty rock. I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. I am very picky about whom I choose to listen to and bands new to me go through a checklist of things to match my style. This band exceeded my expectations.
The Fifth hail from Fayetteville, North Carolina and was founded by Roy Cathey, who was originally in a band called Cold Sweat back in the early 90’s. Eventually, Cold Sweat was picked up by MCA Records, but was later dropped after they released the “Let’s Make Love Tonight” video on MTV. The inevitable breakup of Cold Sweat came around the same time the grunge genre took over MTV and radio, but this didn’t stop Cathey. When interviewed by the Fayetteville Feed he seemed in high spirits, even though the band was released from their record label and had broken up. He said, “You know the cool thing about all this is? We never set out to be famous. We were just having fun.” He wasn’t in it for the fame and the fortune. He was in it because he had a passion for music. If that made people smile, his job was done.
This brings us to now. The Fifth (Cathey on vocals, Icky Jim on guitar, Franko on bass, and Darius Rose on drums) has seen an uptick in shows and festivals. After releasing their first EP in 2002, which seemed to have done pretty well, they were sponsored by Monster Energy. Nothing could have stopped this band from reaching the top. Their commitment to their fans is nothing less than extraordinary and, for the most part, their fans followed them everywhere they went.
In 2009 The Fifth signed with EMG/Universal and released their debut album Confessions of Man on July 29th. Dave Tedder of Head First Entertainment found something in these guys and has run with it. A song called “Even To This Day” was featured on a Grey’s Anatomy commercial, which aired during Dancing with the Stars. Other songs were featured in commercials such as Dodge Ram. Being opening acts for bands like Sevendust, Hinder, and Breaking Benjamin, these guys are well on their way. Drummer Darius Rose said in an interview with their management company, “We pride ourselves as being a modern rock band, but we love the big shows of yesterday. We have a sound of today, but with the connection of an old school rock show.” I couldn’t agree more.
These guys have such a unique sound. Each song can be compared to sounds of different bands, but they are still unique in their own right. Cathey adds, “We’ve been beating the odds since day one, but it’s because of our connection with the fans and the grassroots approach that keeps us going in this new age of the industry. If anyone’s doing this for the fame and fortune, they’re misguided. It’s about doing something you love and have the burning passion for, which means marching on no matter what happens and making the most of every experience along the way.” I look forward to hearing what this band has in store next because if it’s anything like the Confessions of Man album, I know in my heart it will be good.
I had the opportunity to listen to their newest album called No Going Home and I like the classic rock feel. “No Going Home” is the type of song that could potentially bring together new school and old school rock communities, when in this day and age unity is key. It’s the song you can sit back and relax to while dinner is finishing up (if you like to relax to rock).
Another one of my favorite songs by The Fifth is “Memories of You.” With this song, you still get old school rock and roll, but it’s the slow melodic version of it. This spoke to me on a personal level because I have gone through so much and had no one to turn to. It reminds me of my late great-grandfather who would always give me advice on how to deal with certain situations. The one lyric that stood out to me (and I will admit I began to tear up) to is, “I’m the tear in your eye when you’re all alone.” That was something my late great-grandfather said to me when I was a kid.
There is a wide array of songs on this album I absolutely love. From the different sounds of the melody to the grittiness of Cathey’s voice, all of it is absolutely amazing. If you are into dirty rock, this is definitely the band for you.