The Illinois four piece mixes up the status quo by combining hip hop vibes, angsty rock, and unapologetic pop music. Five AM vocalist Sam Nelson’s delivers his lyrics with a genuine confidence and self-assurance rarely found in the alternative scene. Five AM arranges guitar parts on a spectrum between heavy post hardcore riffs and beautiful R&B licks. The drums and bass effortlessly carry the rhythm section through frequent tasteful genre transitions. From there, 808s, trap hats, samples, and synths seamlessly tie the foundational elements together.
So, what influenced this style of song writing? “Our music reflects our community and group of friends. During our first few years, we rarely played a show that didn’t feature a DJ, pop, or hip hop act.” As a result, Five AM is shaped by many styles of music. They are proof that an alternative band can create high energy rock that coexists naturally alongside elements of other genres within the same soundscape. “We write music that we love, inspired and influenced by whatever moves us in the moment.” With that, Five AM has gained a passionate following and an exciting sound that is all their own.