Kansas City’s The Old No. 5s released their third record today, “Moment to Lose”, opting for a Tuesday release like the rockers of yesteryear. The sounds of the record travel between raw blues and psychedelic sounds, but the band always seems to find their way back home to that pure, timeless rock and roll sound. The Old No. 5s are Brock Alexander (vocals, guitar, keys), Olie Bowden (bass, guitar, vocals), and Adam Watson (percussion, vocals)– all three of which have songwriting credits on the album. Listen up for help from several local hired guns on the album as well. Taylor Smith and Howard Mahan were enlisted for some guitar work and TJ Erhardt tickling some ivories. Recorded at Weights and Measures Soundlab, this is a Kansas City project through and through. Catch them at a show around town soon and snag a copy! They’ll be on our stage September 4th as part of our 8 year anniversary celebration.

The record starts off with a slow, beautiful blues instrumental called “We’re Here” that grabs your attention and sets the tone for the record. If you’ve seen the band live, you know the chemistry they have and that’s apparent in these songs. Watson fills the space between the first and second songs and Alexander pulls us out of the mix with his guitar. “Same Old You” is a rock anthem aptly named by a band that continues to deliver solid, hard-hitting tunes. Bowden’s bass playing really shines in “Two by Two”, between island-like guitar sounds and dynamic percussion. Also coming in on the first half of the songs is one simply called “Rock and Roll”. When the organ sounds come in with the percussion, you might have a hard time figuring out if you’re listening to the Allman Brothers Band or are at church. That’s normal, lean into it. 

“Stubey Time”, track number 5, is decidedly the start of a new chapter in the record. It’s the psyched-out summertime anthem we didn’t know we were waiting for until now. Quite frankly I don’t know when stubey time is, but I hope someone lets me know. “New Light”, coming in at a short 1:30, marks another transition in the album. Outside of the short electric intro, the song features just an acoustic guitar and Alexander’s powerful voice. It’s a song about questions we don’t always get answers to and ultimately leaves us wanting more in the best way. 

The last few songs bring us back to the rock and put a bow on the album nicely. “Old and New” answers some of the questions we forgot to ask in “New Light”. Between the plaintive sounds of Alexander’s voice and the quiet between the notes this song delivers some of the best sounds on the record. The project ends with another stripped-down track titled “What Does That Prove”, from the lyrics of which the title of the album came from. Sometimes good music leaves you with more questions than you started with, and this is no different.

“Out of tune

out of touch,

but I don’t mind.

Most things I say,

are wrong all of the time.

But when you’re wrong,

seems like the best time,

to say what’s really

on your mind.

What does that prove?

Your next move.”

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