Terror From The Year 5000 : No Trends. Just Rock.
TFY5K is a Rock band, pure and simple. The band is not into complex song structures or odd time signatures. They like their music to be loud, fast, straight-forward and simple.
Lyrically, most of the tunes are not meant to be taken too seriously. The occasional message or bit of social commentary may find its way in, but mostly it's all very tongue-in-cheek.
All the band members have full-time careers (thems all bin to college) and four are married. Two, against all reasonable expectations, have reproduced.
The goal, in so much as one exists, is not to "make it". They're out to write a few tunes, play a few shows, drink a few beers, drink a few more beers, and if someone offers them a deal, great. If not, then to quote Ministry, "SO WHAT!?!" They're still having more fun than most people their age have any right to.
Ye Olde ( brief and somewhat confusing ) Historie :
During the 1990's, all the members of TFY5K were part of the Connecticut music scene as members of other bands.
The Pope was a member of S.I.K. for a while before splitting off with fellow band mate Billy Willy to form CT White Bread.
Adam and Negative Ed spent the entire time in Death Toboggan and all of its various incarnations. More recently Negative Ed has played with (and continues to play with) The 9th Wave.
Big Ed, Damian, Jimmy and Bob were all in Death Penis together.
Bob originally met Damian online back in 1988 (Yes kids, there was an online community during the 1980's. Can you say "300 baud modem"?). He met both Big Ed and The Pope while attending college at WCSU in Danbury, CT. He got to know Negative Ed and Adam through an old mutual high school friend. Big Ed and Damian met through Bob prior to the formation of Death Penis. Bob, Big Ed and Damian all got to know Chris (who plays an important role later in the story) of Amnesty Underground as fellow members of the local Danbury music scene, after Death Penis had been around for a little while.
With Bob knowing members of both CT White Bread and Death Toboggan, it naturally followed that Death Penis ended up playing shows with both bands from time to time. Thus allowing the various band members to get to know each other.
At roughly the turn of the century - meaning 2000 not 1900, just in case there was any confusion there - all three bands called it quits for a host of different reasons. Most of it just amounting to life in general getting in the way of band activities.
By early 2003 band withdrawals had set in. So Bob & Big Ed hooked back up with the original Death Penis drummer, Jimmy, to form Terror From the Year 5000. It started out as a 3-piece jam band, but they ultimately decided to add vocals and switch to a more Punk-oriented song structure. They enlisted Damian, who was also anxious to get back into the scene again, and began the quest for a second guitarist.
Conveniently enough, Bob and Chris (See, I told you he was important!) ran into each other again after having lost touch for a couple of years. The discussion naturally turned to music and bands, at which point Bob finds out that Chris and Adam were now roommates. Chris explained that he could hear Adam gently sobbing himself to sleep each night for lack of an outlet for his prodigious musical talents. A couple of band practices later, Adam agreed to join the band.
A few months later, Jimmy decided he could no longer tolerate the consistently beautiful New England weather and opted to move to that armpit of the United States, Hawaii. He still keeps in touch and continues to rock out, albeit in shorts and a goofy tee shirt. Chris (Still important!) generously offered to fill in on drums until a permanent replacement could be found.
Meanwhile Bob and The Pope had been working together at the same crappy little technology company, as horribly underpaid software engineers (Bitter? Who's bitter?), since early 2000. A couple of months after Jimmy's departure, Bob learned that The Pope played drums (after 13 or so years, you'd think you knew a guy…sheesh). The conversation went something like this: "You play drums!?!? Wanna join the band???" "Ok." And thus Pope became the new drummer.
The band continued on in this form until the tail end of 2004, when Big Ed announced that the final show of the year (Ditto's in Litchfield, CT) would be his last show. It was a kick-ass show and after it was over, Big Ed exited on good terms with everyone.
After breaking for the holiday season, the band returned and recruited Negative Ed to take over bass duties. This turned out to be good for a couple of reasons: His bass rig is much easier to carry around and he brings the average age of the band down a few years.
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