Ben Folds Five Ben Folds Five is a band who started in 1994. Ben Folds Five is a trio not a quintet, which it is often mistaken for. The band originated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ben Folds Five is known for its half punk and half alternative sounds. The famous band Styx and the famous band Journey have given Ben Folds Five music the title of “punk rock for sissies.” In the late 1980s, Ben Folds played bass in a band called Maj=sha.
The band was not very successful. Maj=sha only cut one record not giving itself a big name. In the early 1990s, he played drums in a group called Pots and Pans. Folds then moved to New York after Pots and Pans broke up. He did some theater work and signed a publishing deal with Sony Music for his singing. This publishing deal allowed him three weeks to return to Chapel Hill and form a new band.
Ben Folds Five then originated. The trio includes three band members with much experience under their belts. The lead singer and pianist Ben Folds has been in many bands mentioned earlier.
The bassist Robert Sledge formerly played with a band called The Toxic Popsicle. The drummer Darren Jesse was a former member of Limbo. Soon after the trio got together, they released a single, “Jackson Cannery,” which lead to a deal with a New York based publishing company called Caroline.Ben Folds states he feels more comfortable in littler towns like his own back home.
So for their first year or two, they only stayed in local towns and small towns across America to perform. Getting the piano sound popular was not easy for this band. The sound popular then was the grunge distorted-guitar sound. Ben Folds knew it was going to be tough to become popular without that guitar sound.
But still persued his dreams.Folds states, “I wont compromise-we just dont play if theres no piano. If you compromise with people, youre screwed in this industry. Its like walking into class on the first day, and if youre a geek, kicking someones butt so that no one will mess with you.” This statement stuck with him his whole career. It was printed in numerous magazines across America.
Today Ben Folds Five travels across America still doing live concerts and touring with other bands.Ben Folds Five really hit the charts with their only number one song “Brick.” With this original sound of only a piano, bass, and drums, I feel this band is bound for great success. They have original music along with their own original sounds.