Saturday, January 26, 2008

Review -- FIVE STAR HOMELESS -- Lost Wages

LOST WAGES
Five Star Homeless
Independent
7-out-of-10

It's always refreshing to find a hot folk/Americana band that hails from our home province of Saskatchewan, and that's exactly the case with Five Star Homeless, a strong roots-based trio out of Saskatoon.
Five Star Homeless has a bit more 'beat' to some of their folk interpretations (such as the song Better Things) than other bands which fit snugly into the genre, but it's still clearly roots music, and that simply means this trio knows how to to expand the boundaries a bit.
I like how these guys approach their craft. There is a definite energy to what they are laying down for the listener, and that energy is infectious. It's always good when a band draws you in to their world, and Five Star Homeless does it skillfully.
While these guys do punch it up a bit, this is still the music of Prairie soul, and it comes through on cuts such as Likes of Him, which is my personal favourite on the CD. That said this is a solid effort through all 10 cuts.
Dirty Old Town should be on country radio too.
The band features Matt Griffith on vocals and acoustic guitar, Harley Hoeft on bass fiddle and vocals, and Robin Pereia, organ, accordion and again vocals. All three contribute vocally adding to the depth of the work.
Check these guys out at www.fivestarhomeless.ca, and if you like roots music at all, support this Saskatchewan band.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan.23, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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