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Interview:
The Upbeat: 5th Way
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Formed: Early 2008 in Birmingham Sound: Hard rock Members: Tim Grossman — vocals (Waterford Township); Zak Stelmaszek — guitar (Canton); Adam Trahan — guitar (Rochester); Nicholas Cole-Klaes — bass (Garden City); Dave Reingardt — drums (Fenton). Influences: Grossman says that the quintet’s collective tastes are “very diverse” but that the group members “all grew up in the ’80s grunge rock era,” favoring Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and “just a lot of heavy, straightforward rock. We’ve taken that and put a modern twist on it.”

Day Jobs: Grossman owns Broker Direct Properties. Stelmaszek is senior systems architect for ESG Automotive. Trahan is a medical equipment sales consultant. Cole-Klaes is a student at Columbia University in Chicago. Reingardt is a full-time musician and instructor.

What’s In A Name? Grossman says a previous bass player came up with the 5th Way moniker, “a fifth being the dominant note in the scale, and way being the habitual path, so the dominant form of rock would be the Fifth Way.”

Opening Adventures: Since forming, 5th Way has opened shows for acts such as Alter Bridge, Saliva and Poison’s Bret Michaels, all of which have been “exciting,” according to Grossman, who was previously in the band Courtesy Stitch. “Any time you get to step on stage and open for a national band is exciting,” he says, “and on top of that, you’re always playing for a packed house. And all the bands are really good about hanging out with the openers backstage before and after the show. We’ll do dinner at some of the venues we play before they open the doors and we’ll end up having dinner with the (headlining) band and hang out a little bit. We’ve gotten to meet some great people.”

Hear ’em: Fifth Way has just released its first album, “No Boundaries,” which was recorded at Rustbelt Studios in Royal Oak.

See ’em: Fifth Way celebrates the release of “No Boundaries” on Saturday (Jan. 30) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Core Effect, Forest Wade and the Wall Clocks also are on the bill. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Surf ’em: www.fifth-way.com.

Web Site: www.fifth-way.com

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