Fivespeed Slows Down
Although Fivespeedâ€šÃ„Ã´s first major label release Morning Over Midnight could be referred to as Nu-Metal, it actually sounds more like 90â€šÃ„Ã´s alt-rock with a twist. The band is often compared to their former tour partners Jimmy Eat World and Breaking Benjamin, however Fivespeed offers something a little more worthwhile. The title track on Morning over Midnight is the best example of the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s Nu-Metal surpassing talent. The songâ€šÃ„Ã´s vocal harmonies are on par with System of a Down, whose vocal sound is sought after and often imitated. This record also has a good variety of style, an uncommon characteristic in Nu-Metal. â€šÃ„ÃºFair Tradeâ€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºWait Foreverâ€šÃ„Ã¹ are reminiscent of the Offspring and Bush while â€šÃ„ÃºBlame it on Youâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is basically a power ballad. In â€šÃ„ÃºLost Vegas,â€šÃ„Ã¹ one of the better songs on Morning Over Midnight, Fivespeedâ€šÃ„Ã´s vocalist Jared Woosley shows off his ability to scream and fiddle with puns! The band even experiments with a quasi-indie sound on â€šÃ„ÃºTouch of One,â€šÃ„Ã¹ but that song, like every other, breaks into an unfortunately quintessential Nu-Metal chorus.
The bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s variety may be their most redeeming factor because there is a song for practically every taste on this record. Woosleyâ€šÃ„Ã´s vocal tone is somewhat clichâˆšÂ© in that it sounds hoarse and overused like that of many other alt-rockers, however that is more a matter of personal preference. The last track on the album, â€šÃ„ÃºMisery Loves Company,â€šÃ„Ã¹ though unoriginally titled, sounds quite different from the rest of the album. Itâ€šÃ„Ã´s soft yet driving with reverb-filled vocals and violins. Yet it seems that the idea of putting the â€šÃ„Ãºsoft oneâ€šÃ„Ã¹ at the end of your record is a severely over used Nu-Metal technique and for that and their generic sound briefly punctuated by marks of originality, Fivespeed may never make it into second gear.