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Five O'Clock Heroes - Speak Your Language

Five O'Clock Heroes, Speak Your Language

Review by Hedley Jackson

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

FIVE O’Clock Heroes have been around for a couple of years now, never really breaking out of their ‘support act’ status. However, this album does give the impression that their time may arrive very soon. With a fresh collection of upbeat, melodic pop songs, it showcases the young band’s raw musical talent.

The title track Speak Your Language is constructed brilliantly, with an excited drumbeat and some clever harmonies it sounds as though it has been around for years.

Annie is a song that takes a step back to 1950’s America, with a strong swing feel and catchy chorus, it’s an example of the band’s confidence and versatility.

Northampton-born singer, Anthony Ellis, pushes his voice to it’s limit and at times it sounds as though he is struggling to hit certain notes. This brings some of the songs down, notably Who, with Agyness Deyn – although the model’s contribution isn’t exactly floorless either! This is their first single from the album and, unfortunately, it doesn’t stand up to the quality found on some of the other tracks.

Speak Your Language’s finest assets are the lively, danceable tunes like Everybody Knows It and New York Chinese Laundry, where punchy drums accompany neat guitar licks at a swift tempo.

Five O’Clock Heroes do well to appeal to different audiences with a fresh, enthusiastic bravado and this should guarantee them more success in the future.

The skill of the New York band’s song-writing is evident throughout and it’s only a few points that stop this album from being great. The band has a smooth, laidback sound and show their massive potential with this album.

Speak Your Language speaks volumes for this young band and despite lacking polish in parts, it’s clear that Five O’Clock Heroes’ musical ability is undeniable.

Download picks: Everybody Knows It, Alice, Speak Your Language, New York Chinese Laundry, Trust.

Track Listing:

  1. Judas
  2. New York Chinese Laundry
  3. Who Ft. Agyness Deyn
  4. Speak Your Language
  5. Alice
  6. Trust
  7. Don’t Say Don’t
  8. Everybody Knows It
  9. These Girls
  10. God & Country
  11. Radio Lover
  12. Happy Together
  13. Grab Me