306. Five Eight – “Gasolina!”

This a band I know so very little about. I think I may have bought this CD second-hand on the recommendation of a buddy back in the mid-90s.

Album Cover five eight gasolina! CD reviewThe album is a snapshot of a world that doesn’t really exist anymore, for this decrepit 38 year old anyway.

Five Eight sprung from somewhere in the States, probably a college town. They take the more power pop side of Husker Du and presage the much more successful sound of Weezer.

They deliver a series of guitar-driven tunes, typically chronicling early 20s apathy and late teen misdemeanors. It is classic slacker rock, but of the shorter haired variety.

Stanley is the most successful effort. A few too many tracks sound like the faux skate punk Blink 182 ‘were to ‘master’ later.

The album is dated also by a ‘where I was when I heard Kurt topped himself’ tale, but at least the ambivalent vibe is retained with a ‘whatever’ tone…

Perhaps bands are still mining this rich musical vein, but for me this sits alongside Buffalo Tom, The Lemonheads and a few others as my mid-20s indulgence.

File under: Some rugby pun

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One response to “306. Five Eight – “Gasolina!”

  1. 5-8 are from Athens, GA and have been around for close to 20 years. They’re entire catalog is solid and one of those common stories of a top notch band that never made it. They got close and may still get there. A new album should be dropped in a month or two. Support the underdog. Thanks for giving them some cred.

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