After a long break, I was really looking forward to writing again and for whatever reason, the universe was kind enough to present me with one of the best albums I have reviewed in all the years I’ve been with Bucketlist. I’m thankful that this album landed in my headphones.
Five Ton Faces released their self-titled, debut album in March of this year. Self described as “a band of goons based out of Franklin, Tennessee” the band is comprised of George Hamilton VI (vocals), Jonah Raymond (lead guitar), Adam Story (Keys), Alex Brassfield (Bass) and Bailey McClendon (drums). Five Ton Faces is a wonderfully crafted myriad of country, soul, and folk and boasts a refreshingly long repertoire, coming in at a total of fourteen tracks – all of which contain a wonderful amount of guitar, which is exactly what I like, and love to hear. There are also equal parts keys (of all types) and the tracks are well structured, and well mixed.
With a southern feel, Five Ton Faces’ lyrics are some of the best I have heard in a while. Not often do I value song composition primarily for lyrics, but track by track I found myself continually admiring Five Ton Faces for its words. This is saying something given all of the elements that deserve appreciation in this album. If you can relate to drinking yourself numb, reminiscing about lost love, loss, and feeling nonchalantly sorrowful about the meaninglessness of it all, this album will strike a chord.
Taking the album in its entirety, what stands out to me is George Hamilton’s raspy voice, which at the best of times evokes harrowing emotions while simultaneously reminding you to laugh at them and not take yourself too seriously. The result is a satisfyingly comforting feeling. To give the rest of the band credit where credit is absolutely due, every song on this album further proves the coherence and dynamism of a band that knows one another and know what they want to do with their chemistry and talent.
My four favourite songs (can I have four favourites?) are “Adventurous Escapades,” “Abilene,” “One More,” and “Don’t Feel a Thing.” Taken together, the former two are similar to one another but completely different from the latter two. As I said, this is a dynamic album. The former features proper country nods, with fast- paced, jaunty guitar, and an old- school dance hall feeling that would make me look like an idiot if I ever tried to keep up the beat while dancing. The latter two, while slower, are highly charged, and perfectly so. Channeling a bluesy ballad type feel, “Don’t Feel a Thing” offers all the best elements of Five Ton Faces and the harmony and the intuition between the band members is fantastically overwhelming.
To put it somewhat bluntly, Five Ton Faces have fucking nailed a full, well-rounded, authentic sound. This is a band that is absolutely worth your time.
Written By Jordan Hodgins
*edited by Mike Milito