Tuesday, 6 May 2014

5/5.8 , White Rabbit , Plymouth, 2nd May 2014


5/5.8 are a hard rock band from Eastbourne / London and are formed of  Gio (Drums), James (Guitar), John (Bass), Luke (Vocals) and Danny (Guitar). The support slot at the White Rabbit was their first performance as a band.

After short instrumental the band kicked off the set with a cover of "City Lights" by Motionless In White, (their version was preferable to the original) showcasing some fleet fingered fretwork and some excellent vocals from James, Luke and Danny.

The first original song was “Love & Cobain” a heavy punk infused song which lyrically about fractious relationship of the Nirvana front man, next up was “Overcast March” a stomping rock and roll influenced mosh worthy number with intricate guitar work by James and superbly unpredictable vocals from Luke.

The highlight of the set was the song “Trial Period” which starts with epic catchy metal riff played by James and grungy vocals with an extremely memorable chorus. The audience could tell that this was the song that the band really meant and the passion shone through.

Each member had their own aesthetic which they brought to their performance; the melting pot of metal, grunge, punk, hard rock and post hardcore was fused together to form the bands unique hybrid sound. Because of their diversity the band is likely to appeal to wide range of rock fans. So expect unpredictable vocals, chugging riffs, intricate guitar work, quick drumming and dirty bass lines.

The set closed on a cover of Bring Me The Horizons "Shadow Moses" which was breathtakingly good, aided by the crowd shouts at appropriate points. It was a brave move playing such a highly regarded song for a cover and it paid off showing the bands heavier side.


Special mention has to made of Gio's pounding drumming and John's relentless bass playing on the Bring Me The Horizon cover. 

The crowd were suitably impressed with what they witnessed and the band were a perfect opener for the evening ahead; expect big things from this young band.