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5 Days

by Pivot

5 Days expands on similar ideas from previous works while taking a more aggressive edge on the already established progressive style of rock. Released January 10th, 2009
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1. AM
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2. Wayward Preacher
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3. Orden
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4. FM
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5. Safe
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Album Notes
Pivot is a group in relentless pursuit of perfection and constant change. Its members share more than just a passion for their work. They have a sense of urgency in re-inventing themselves with every word put to paper or note put to tape. Their live show incorporates simplistic visual effects that tie sight and sound into one. Pivot will leave its audience making plans to see the next show. This band is quite simply interested in one thing...creating good music.

Brian Kelly: Vocals, Guitar, Keys

Eric Hambright: Lead Guitar

Mike Hambright: Bass

Phil Cicco: Drums


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Craig Stegall

5 Days
By Gosh, The North Carolina Area Has Done It Again!!! PIVOT scores an out-of-the-park Homerun with 5 Days and does so in ways that are so obvious on the first listen that I’d give them extra points if they were available to me!

First, let me give you some background on why I just love this band on an aesthetic level. For the past six years I’ve consistently awaited a new package from drummer Phil Cicco as the band releases a cool E.P. every two years, without fail! Consistency; the name of the game in the music business, check-plus! Then, I look at the cover of each release and try to figure out what I’m in for since the band can do EVERYTHING, EVERY STYLE, and in EVERY WAY! They’re great fucking musicians! Check plus, again! Once I think I have it figured out, I eagerly put the disc in and find that I’m totally off and the bastards have gone left-of the left-of-center, which makes me laugh out loud at my mistake and like them even more….check-plus/plus! Then, being a drummer, I always listen to Cicco’s chops because the guy is a monster who usually holds back about 50% of his octane just to be a true drummer built on tasteful playing, which is the RIGHT decision, but always a hard one for a drummer. Check-plus, infinitum, however 5 Days shows Phil’s talent and mental approach more so than any release to date!! Then I pay close attention to the production because these guys always get it right in the production area, using only the best producers and studios available to them, working long hours at jobs they probably hate with a passion, just to afford it! Check-plus-plus-plus! And finally, I closely listen to the lyrical content, another area that they score high in because they’re a pretty intelligent bunch of fucks with conceptual talent that belies their youthful ages. Check-fuckin’-plus!

At first listen, 5 Days is easily a concept album, but one whose secret I’ve yet to uncover, other than it takes place during a normal person’s work week…still not sure if I’m onto something, but it’s a lot of fun for me, so please email your thoughts and guesses to me at Bam2@Away-Team.com. One of the biggest differences in 5 Days from the outset is the production is beyond anything they’ve done prior, and that’s saying a lot since they used JAM PAIN SOCIETY guitarist/producer Chris Hill for their earlier efforts, and Hill is no slouch in that arena, so this is a monumental shock and a new name I will keep on my radar in producer/engineer Jamie King from The Basement Studios. Obviously, as I’ve said in all my reviews thus far, PIVOT are huge worshippers at the altar of TOOL, but here they throw a QUEENSRYCHE-Operation Mindcrime bone my way by using the AM/PM intros to songs that make up the crux of the individual days referred to in the title and with Phil’s intense Scott Rockenfield cymbal work throughout the first track; “Wayward Preacher”. Although the tunes are not epic, a fact I very much enjoy since the bands they seem to craft their music after usually drone on for days and days and days…, they are content-driven just enough to make you want to listen over and over again for clues to their inner-secrets. I find that a few listens on the computer while I’m getting ready for work, followed by an intense audible in my car in early morning traffic is the perfect combination and lays the groundwork for a fully cleared mind no matter what lies ahead of me. Again, the boys are really strong out of the gate and keep the momentum up for the entire release. A phenomenal effort in both writing and musical performance. I am happy to say that January 2009, and the release of 5 Days will mark a huge milestone for the Carolina boys and be the recording every Major Label A&R guy has picked up off of their scattered desk and played numerous times for their counterparts in order to motivate them to make the guys an offer. One can only hope they hold out for either Atlantic or Universal to call since I feel their home is at a label who shows promise for their new bands and looks to build on their talent as opposed to let them sink or swim on their own just to meet their signing quota of tax write-off money for the year.

Easily one of my favorite albums right now, and one that I know music fans will devour with passion. Head over to their site at PIVOTBAND.COM for the details and information and updates on this forthcoming stroke of genius. Very, Very Highly Recommended and one you WILL listen to often!!!


You've gotta get this one!
I saw a few live clips of these guys -- and that's what tempted me to get their CD! OH YEAH- This CD RULES ! They really tear it up and take it up an extra notch -- taking me back to my headbanging days :-)


I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO THIS ALBUM!!!!!!!!! Its constantly in my head. I love it!


I heard about this band at the office and I was skeptical. I mean, seriously, how good could a local band be?

I popped 5 Days in as soon as the package arrived from cdbaby.com and I was floored. The musical influences seem to be quite ambitious. Flavors of Tool, Pink Floyd, maybe Queensryche? This is not your local garage band doing covers of low hanging fruit that will get the crowd singing along. This is hard progressive rock that fires neural pathways that you never knew you had before. I took a chance on this album, and I am very glad that I did. I think I must have listened to it about ten times now, from end to end, since it showed up at my door.