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342. The Nothing Venture – Five O’Clock People


Five O’Clock People

The Nothing Venture is probably not the best effort in Five O’Clock People’s short tenure but it would be the only one most people would be familiar with. They were a highly sought after band that inexplicably landed at Pamplin Music, and eventually nothing ever came of The Nothing Venture.

That is utterly unfortunate as it is an amazing record, if not their best work, and leaps above most other releases within their genre. Often favorably compared to Jars of Clay and Caedmon’s Call, the comparisons are for reference points and not for qualification. Though sounding a bit like Dan Haseltine vocally and possessing a lilting, melancholy expression of the more Derek Webb driven Caedmon Call sound, Five O’Clock People are completely their own.

Staying with a consistent acoustic driven folk and rock with accordion and mandolin to accentuate, the band possesses a penchant for subtlety and presence over hook and groove. There are really so many great songs to deal with but the first three (Lunar, Sorry, Blame) are just amazing mellower songs that grab you in before the Timbuk 3 like  “So Far Gone” kicks it up a notch. The song also may be one of only a handful of Christian songs to directly reference Frodo Baggins in the lyrical content.

Painfully honest may be the best way to describe the lyrical content. There is nothing rose colored here. In fact, the album sounds like the greenish gray of the cover. Nothing too bright, but not without hues and touches of color when the listener digs deep enough.

Like anything with this bands name attached to it, this is clearly a, AYSO.

  1. Shawn McLaughlin
    October 28, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Musically, not so much, but lyrically, 5 O’Clock people have a lot in common with Michael Roe and Mike Knott, admittedly a huge influence on the band. Blame, in fact, is a Knott song from LSU’s Grace Shaker.

  2. January 9, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Love the band, and love their music!

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