On June 2nd, The Fifth Down celebrated the release of their most recent LP, More Than Just Your Own Kind!
And what better way to celebrate than to host a super kick-ass show at Brighton Bar, located in Long Branch, NJ. I had the awesome opportunity of experiencing the show on June 2nd, as well as sharing in the festivity and celebration that the brand new album brought to the table.
Brighton Bar is a small bar located off of a tiny strip in Long Branch.
And if you're a jersey kid from the beach, Brighton Bar is the spot to play if you're a local band. The Fifth Down hails from Red Bank, so this was most definitely their element. Doors opened up at 7pm, and the lineup was stacked with really stellar local bands including John Sheehy Quartet, Hexdog, and Jammerz. Of course, The Fifth Down was the headliner - and the crowd was more than ready for a really chill night - each band bringing their A-game, and performances that blew me straight out of the water.
While I have a great knowledge of the Philly local scene, I am an awful NJ native when it comes to the local scene. It always excites me to go to shows here, and I was most excited to hear what The Fifth Down had to offer - a band I've been following for the past few months, one that The Hook has featured a few times (check it out).
Imagine this: a crowd gathers, shoulder to shoulder, inside of a bar where the room is dark but the stage is red. On the left a screen playing an introduction - dial up tones, laughter. People are shuffling, and then The Fifth Down appears.
Their stage presence is all consuming - just a fun group of guys who love to play music. Their fans just a fun group of people existing and listening and singing along to this band - and my heart was happy.
The Fifth Down sounded even more spectacular live.
The emphasis on the entirety of their mission as a band was clear and welcoming. I felt like I knew these guys, and I don't know them that well, but I'm glad that I felt that. Their music is relatable, easy to listen to, lyrics to die for. Experiencing the album release with them felt like I had been let in on a secret - even though I had heard the album, reviewed it, written about it. I stood in a crowd that knew The Fifth Down better than I did: family, friends, significant others, band mates - and even people who didn't know The Fifth Down personally, it still like we were all there in on this really important thing.
If you ever have the opportunity to see these guys play, or any of the lineup play, definitely take the opportunity to do so.
These rad dudes are hosting this show, which is going to be a really awesome time. Otherwise, check out their social media to stay updated on upcoming shows, music and the like!
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