Hiring The Big Guns
Alan Sculley - Flagpole Magazine
The Minus 5 that rolls into Athens for a show this week at the Georgia Theatre may not resemble the group that would have played in town a decade ago. Back then, the Minus 5 was a true side project for frontman Scott McCaughey, who spent most of his time in the critically acclaimed band the Young Fresh Fellows. The Minus 5 gave singer/ multi-instrumentalist McCaughey a vehicle for songs that were too introspective and restrained to fit alongside the exuberant power pop of the Young Fresh Fellows.
In recent years, the Young Fresh Fellows have gotten together only for occasional live shows (although McCaughey says there is talk of making a new Fellows album). As a result, the Minus 5 has undergone a personality makeover that McCaughey says has blurred the once clear musical distinction between the two bands.
Posted on 29 Mar 2006
Minus 5 get big-name help on great, dark album
By ED MASLEY - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
There's always been a playful "Let the Bad Times Roll" philosophy guiding the records once-and-future Young Fresh Fellow Scott McCaughey has written for The Minus 5, a pop collective he started as a side project with R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck in 1993.
But there may be a darker-than-usual vision at work on the Minus 5's new album. And it goes beyond the handgun on the cover or the gunplay in the lyrics. The opening track of the self-titled effort, a devastating breakup ballad titled "Rifle Called Goodbye," sets the stage for a brutally honest account of relationships going to hell, from the furious blues-punk attack of a track whose title can't be printed here to "My Life as a Creep," in which he wraps the album's sweetest melody around the lyric "I just hope one day you understand I'm not supremely evil and I can be better than I am."
Posted on 29 Mar 2006
The IOTA Club and Café, Arlington review
To those who were turned away at the door at Iota, where the Minus 5 played to a sold-out crowd Saturday: Not to be cruel, but it was a night of insanely infectious power pop delivered by a quartet that played together as tightly as a fitted bedsheet. Beatlesque harmonies, melodies played under melodies -- and a killer rhythm section more familiar with arenas than honky-tonks: drummer Bill Rieflin from Ministry and REM bassist Peter Buck.
And the cult favorite Silos opened.
You should have got there earlier.
Singer-songwriter Scott McCaughey, who founded the Minus 5 in 1993 as a side project from Young Fresh Fellows, played his electric guitar and sang "My Life as a Creep," "Days of Wine and Booze" and "Retrieval of You" (aka the "D.J. Minimart" song) with old-fashioned rock-and-roll fervor. Guitarist John Ramberg seemingly could do no wrong as he blended furious riffs from the poppy '60s with those from the post-punk '90s. Rieflin kept the beat fast and fun, and Buck was the calm in the storm, playing basic, dynamic rock bass with an unwavering grin that was as infectious as the music.
The night got off to a swift and powerful start with the Silos, the seminal alt-country band founded in the mid-1980s by singer-songwriter Walter Salas-Humara. The trio was made up of just bass and drum and Salas-Humara on electrified acoustic guitar and vocals, but the sound filled the room with catchy melodies and thoughtful lyrics.
-- Buzz McClain
Posted on 28 Mar 2006
Robyn Hitchcock and the Minus 3 Return to the UK
According to the eFestivals site
, Robyn Hitchcock and the Minus 3(Scott Bill and Peter) will return to the UK to play the Wireless Festival
on Thursday the 22nd June in London and in Leeds Sunday 25th June.
Other acts performing the same day in London are David Gray, KT Tunstall, Violent Femmes, Fun Lovin' Criminals, The B-52's and Missy Higgins. In Leeds they will join The Who, Flaming Lips, Super Furry Animals, The Zutons, and Eels.
More date will most likely follow.Thanks to Mathijs for the news
Posted on 27 Mar 2006
Minus 5 leader sings devilishly well of hell, high water
AUSTIN, Texas - Scott McCaughey is feeling sinister.
Taking to an outdoor stage on a sunny afternoon at the South by Southwest Music Festival, the leader of the Minus 5 is dressed in black, from cowboy hat down. The frizzy-haired, 51-year-old rocker smiles from behind dark shades and a devilish Van Dyke. The words emblazoned on his guitar strap - Doctor of Evil - suggest he's up to no good.
McCaughey (pronounced McCoy) will bring the Minus 5, including R.E.M.'s Peter Buck on bass, to World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
In Texas, he performed before a multigenerational crowd in the backyard of the Austin roadhouse Threadgill's, at the Roky Erickson Ice Cream Social, held to honor the leader of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, who, McCaughey proudly says, once autographed his Les Paul.
Posted on 26 Mar 2006
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