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Album Review

This Athens, GA, trio's fine debut CD features raw, energetic, and rather crazed, but honest music. Five Eight's frontman Mike Mantione's vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Kevn Kinney's work (solo and with Drivin' N' Cryin') or Michael Stipe on early R.E.M. releases. There are some slight musical similarities to these two other Georgia bands; but for the most part Five Eight has their own rockin' thing going on. I Learned Shut Up has great cover artwork by Chris Belheimer. Five Eight is perhaps the best Athens, GA, band that most people have never heard.


Formed: Athens, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Athens, GA emo unit Five Eight was the vehicle of singer/guitarist Mike Mantione, a self-professed manic depressive whose music exorcised his personal demons in grim detail. Debuting in 1989 with the self-released Passive-Aggressive cassette, the band — which also comprised longtime bassist Dan Horowitz, guitarist Sean Dunn and drummer Patrick '"Tigger'" Ferguson — resurfaced two years later with Inflatable Sense of Self. Signing to the Sky label, in 1992 Five Eight issued their first...
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