I can always tell when a band possesses the kind of chemistry necessary to propel them past the first level of success in the music business. It is not a quality that is easily identifiable but one can hear it in the music. A young band out of Belgium seems to have “it”. The 5 AM based in Aarschot, is set to release their debut album in late May and already have a substantial following in Europe without an album or even a single having been released. That, in and of itself speaks to the chemistry evident in the band. I have not seen their live show but have seen some of their youtube videos and can tell you that their interaction on stage and even their body language emits a positive vibe.
I was first drawn to the band by a song called “Lights Closing Down” which is on their debut album ‘Free’ due to be released in late May. The song is a slower tempo than the band’s usual groove and is reminiscent of some of U2’s mid period work (Zooropa). “Way of Life” is another slow track I enjoyed immensely. Make no mistake; The 5 AM similarly does up-tempo material very well. The title track “Free” is a hard charging but controlled number bound to win fans the world over. If this, their debut album is any indication, The 5 AM out of Belgium is destined to attract a lot of attention and I look forward to hearing more from this band.