5th Day Of May are old hands at Smokefreerockquest. The band, with different line ups, are on to their third Smokefreerockquest. The band currently consists of four members:
Adam and Lorenzo were in the original band line up.
The band played in the heats at the University ballroom on Sunday 16 May. In all, over Saturday and Sunday, there were 120 bands competing.
Bands were alllowed five minutes to play an original piece. 5th Day played their creation called Reality Wing and were the only band from Unlimited that got through. I sat down with three members of the band, all from Unlimited and we had a discussion where I asked random questions as I had left all my notes at home!:
I married Isis on the 5th day of Mayand she is an Egyptian princess so we thought yeah that phrase sounds pretty cool and would be a great name for a band.
Lorenzo, who is tall and lean, plays violin in the band. There aren’t a lot of Indie rock bands that have Violin players so I asked Lorenzo what it is like to play Violin for 5th Day of May.
He replied that “It’s fun and not so strict like if I was playing more classical music. I can be much more expressive and put more energy in to it while playing live gigs”. Lorenzo has been playing for 10 years and is also a member of The Christchurch Youth Orchestra. When the band are playing Lorenzo really gets in to it and enjoys being able to add his flavour to the band.
I thought it would be interesting to get some insight from the band members about each other, so I asked them to comment on each other, about whatever they liked and give us a bit of a Bio.
Emma is 14 has been playing bass for two years. She played her first gig when she was 12 years old when she filled in for 5th Day of May who needed a bass player. Emma said she would really like to play on a roof like U2 did. Adam said that Emma is quiet and has really good ideas and is easy to work with. That’s some good praise from her brother! Emma said that she would like to play in a tree. That sounds tricky.
Adam is 16 and has been playing guitar for four years. He has been singing all his life and this year is taking lessons to improve his voice. Emma said he’s good looking and he can be crazy. Lorenzo said he’s absolutely mental and is very spontaneous. They both said he’s a good organiser and is great to play with.
Emma said he’s good looking (spotting a pattern there) and has a nice deep voice. Adam said he’s very creative, friendly, funny and adventurous as he does lots of tramping and climbing. Lorenzo said he would like to travel with the band and go to Venice and hire a massive party yacht and play on that.
Adam said that Jamie loved playing and wanted everyone to take more of a part in writing songs. He also likes to expose his tattoos and chest temples whenever he can. If you don’t know what chest temples are they start with N and end in e!
I have seen 5th Day play on several occasions and they always put on a great performance and each member has their own individual style.
Adam as the frontman likes to leap around all over the stage and is very expressive in his singing and playing. Lorenzo has immense fun and gives the violin a real workout. Emma as the bass player stands back a bit but plays with confidence and seems to be serene. James the drummer, being a drummer, is full of energy and sometimes looks like he’s sparking.
Good luck in the Smokefreerockquest regional finals guys!!