"Five Star is immediate, in scope and feeling. Go to the edge of this volcano and throw your money in it." -Gord Downie, The Tragically Hip
Gord Downie compares them to a volcano about to erupt. CBC calls them a speeding train forging their own unique direction. The Hour claims they are a new permanent structure within the scaffolds of the Canadian musical landscape. Amidst all these inventive metaphors, who exactly are Five Star Trailer Park?
In short: they’re the ones sitting next to you at the diner before work asking for another cup of coffee. They’re the guys pumping gas into their van at your corner station so they can make it to the next town. They’re Canadian to the bone, and actually enjoy loading out gear at 3am in minus 30-degree winds gusting off the St. Lawrence River. It somehow feels patriotic and right.
Despite these romantic blue-collar beginnings, Five Star Trailer Park is no stranger to big shows. Since the release of their debut album, they’ve had the incredible opportunity to share the stage with some of Canada’s most legendary acts, such as The Tragically Hip, Sam Roberts, and Sarah Harmer, as well as rising stars like Attack in Black and The Matavaras. They put on a high-energy, passionate show and leave a pint of sweat on the stage every night.
With their new album, Dark As The North Atlantic (2010), due for release in March, you can expect to find the Five Star Trailer Park ship popping up on your radar a good deal in the months to come. Or whichever metaphor you might choose to use…
"I really love it. The lyrics and delivery of them is honest...FSTP is totally on the right track. In fact, they're driving the train." -Amanda Putz, Host, CBC Radio 3 Podcast