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Flower City 5

by Flower City 5

A sultry-voiced Latina croons her way through a thicket of twisted metallic blues.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Hungry Man
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2. Wrecking Ball Blues
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3. Stop Whining
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4. Greyhound
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5. Dancing Fool
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6. Little Moth
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7. Fishing Hole
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8. Fireman's Ball
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9. Selfish Love
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10. Ride Your Pony
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11. Fallen Apples
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12. Cement Mixer
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Album Notes
Flower City 5, revered for its rare, yet satisfying public performances, has released its debut CD.
The CD features the talents of vocalist Lisa Gonzalez, guitarists Ken Frank and Phillip Henry Marshall, bassist Juan Suarez, and drummer Carl Glitzer. Suarez has since resigned from the band, citing "creation myth differences."
He has been replaced by Tim Poland of Nod.
In the making of this CD, Flower City 5 strove to do it fast and cheap, with little overdubbing, in order to replicate the band's live sound. Using the "warts and all"
production strategy of the legendary Chicago blues label,
Chess, Flower City 5 has produced a lively, no-nonsense CD that demands to be played loudly.

"...roots-rock groove songs with deceptively simple lyrics...it's great to hear a gem like Gonzalez again, particularly backed by pros like these guys."
--Adam Wilcox: City Newspaper

"Flower City 5 rocks the blues with meteoric power, from the swirling, limbo guitars to the dark, totemic drums, to the voodoo shrapnel vocals. This band is utterly unique, haunting, haunted, and nothing quite like this will ever be seen on this earth again. A must-have."
--Diana Abu-Jaber: The Oregonian


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Chuck Cuminale

Modern Blues Masterpiece!
The eponymously-titled debut release of the Flower City Five is blues at such a concentrated level, that it could almost be mistaken for something else entirely. Eschewing the cliched trappings of the form, the Flower City Five's blues are of the most essential, stripped down variety. Ken Frank's songs, teeming with sexual imagery, do not titillate; instead they project an eyes-wide-open acknowledgement of corruption and decay. There are no inflated, growling vocals, no showy guitar pyrotechnics. Singer Lisa Gonzales delivers the charged lyrics with a cool, understated, take-it-or-leave-it tone that is a couple of steps beyond dread and entirely mesmerizing. The riffs around which the songs are built, distilled from a fermenting mash of the great blues riffs of the past, seem to carry a meaning of their own. The playing is intense and elemental; there is no room in this music for false steps. The end result brings to mind Herman Melville's description of the Book of Ecclesiates, which he refers to as "the fine hammered steel of woe." In an era in which the blues seem to have all but dried up and withered away, the Flower City Five has resurrected that venerable form to create a modern masterpiece.