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Black and White

by Five Townz

Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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Five Townz celebrate Martin Luther King Day with “Black & White”

The funked-up party rockers Five Townz, whose boisterous track “Mama Told Me Not To Come” was previously reviewed on this blog, are back in action with another rowdy, cheerful single “Black & White”. The new version of this cover tune is much more amped and glam-inspired than it’s previous versions by Greyhound and Three Dog Night, respectively. The band chose to approach this meaningful track with this added “pop metal” enthusiasm because they felt it “best showcased the intensity and insanity of the race riots , the madness of the movement, the power struggles and oppression.”

In my view, Five Townz made a good move here. Only the coldest of hearts would find themselves unable to get behind an energized celebration of love and unity. The song has an interesting history and it’s because of it’s theme of collective unity that the band decided to release “Black & White” on January 16, 2012 – Martin Luther King Day.

Here’s the scoop on where the song came from, and I’m quoting from the band’s recent press release.

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled separate educational facilities for black students was unconstitutional, thus banning segregation in the public schools (Brown v. Board of Education). Inspired by that ruling, lyricist David Arkin and folk singer/composer Earl Robinson crafted Black and White.

The band respectfully adds some lyrics that were written for the original, but never previously heard: “Their robes were black, their heads were white. The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight. Nine judges set down their names. To end the years and years of shame.”

This is quite a serious track, and it’s the choice of love over fear, the party over the giving up, that we’re hearing. When Five Townz adds the chant “The whole world is watching” towards the end, you can feel some “Occupy the world/Occupy Wall St” energy infused in the song (my interpretation). Funny that this is something Martin Luther King was working on when he died, and didn’t manage to make much headway with. Now, millions all over the world are protesting and taking effort to make positive change for everyone, not just the few at the top.

To buy “Black & White” by Five Townz, go to the band’s iTunes or Amazon page, and don’t forget to check out their Myspace as well.

-review by James Moore for Independent Music Promotions

(James Moore is a Canadian music promoter and author of the bestselling independent musician's resource guide "Your Band Is A Virus! Behind-the-Scenes & Viral Marketing for the Independent Musician".)
Copyright © 2013 - Independent Music Promotions. All rights reserved.


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A Hainz

I'm not a huge rock fan, but my brother visited the other day and played it for me. I really liked the sound of it of the song and had to get it myself. Even if you're not a rock person like myself, this song is still nice on the ears.

I also heard at the tribute and dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King Jr.monument at the Washington Mall in Washington DC, that this song was getting some small recognition with a few people in the crowd.

I can't wait to hear more from Five Townz.


Great song
I heard a commercial for this song and noticed it hade been getting great reviews on iTunes and Amazon. A friend then informed me that there was some buzz about this up and coming artist called Five Towns and that they reinevented the sound with new melody and lyrics with Rev. Martin Luther King in mind.
I went to Amazon to purchase it and have really enjoyed the beat and most importantly the lyrics. Definitely worth the purchase.


Great song!
Listened to this single and thought I need to listen again. I listened again and found out, that song is different from all other songs which I’ve heard till this time. Listen, listen, listen. Enjoy!
I recommend!


Great song - really unique sound
What strikes me about this song after many listens is that nothing ever sounded like it before and nothing has sounded like it since. It's pretty much out there by itself. The diversity of sound and vocals on this song are second to none. The various lyrical concepts work on multiple levels. The attention to detail is masterful. I'm finding myself going through a period of obsession with this song and just throwing it on repeat, doesn't get old.

Nina Forsyth Thompson "electronics lover"

In-your-face vocalist, I'm lovin it!
I came across this artist, purchased this song and was quite surprised by the in-your-face vocalist. As one writer put it, "Delivers lyrics with conviction and attitude, pouring raw emotion into each performance, showcasing his own style." I really liked this artist Five Townz and this hot new CD, I am sure this will be BIG!

Geeky Geek

Been hearing a lotta buzzing and internet streaming about a new artist called 5ive Townz. Read some tweets on Twitter and a link brought me to download the Mp3. Seems this tune has been getting a ton of spins, particularly during Black History Month. The most memorable moments are not evident on the clip. Don't take my word for it or anybody else's review. Download and listen for yourself!

Angelina Manzleer

Experience the energy!
Experience the energy!
Ideally suited for today’s time with racial turmoil and all.