A sprawling double album varied in its influences, Songs for Saint Jude from Athens, Georgia stalwarts Five Eight proves rock is alive and well.
As vital as Zen Arcade and Double Nickels on the Dime, Songs for Saint Jude connects the dots from Cream (“Once on the Lam”) to pre-disco Bee Gees (“Sherman Oaks Fire”), Five Eight shows up contemporaries such as the Flaming Lips on “Song for Jim Gordon” (see: Clapton’s Derek and the Dominos) which features Patterson Hood (Drive-By Truckers) and Archers of Loaf if fronted by fellow Athenian Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) on “Smoke”.
The twinkling guitars on “Pleiades” are reminiscent of the period in which the band was founded nearly three decades ago; said guitars giving way to a percussive adrenaline shot to the hearts of 40-somethings longing for the false promises and noble mantras of youth.
Before searching today’s blackened sky for the seven divine sisters of “Pleiades”, watch the exclusive premiere of the Marc Pilvinsky-directed video Bucket Full of Nails is proud to present below. Stream and purchase Songs for Saint Jude on vinyl and digital formats via Bandcamp.