Quite unlike anything I’ve heard lately, and that is a good thing.
5th Projekt isn’t a band you listen to. 5th Projekt is a band you experience.
I heavily recommend it if you’re tired of suffering from the Top 40 Blues. 10/10
With a kiss to your third eye, 5th PROJEKT returns from a foreign land with the offering of, The Wolf, an adventurous extended play released March 7th, 2023 via their own independent label, Organik Rekords. This is the first in a trilogy of EPs: The Wolf, The Owl (2024), & The Bee (TBA).
The female-fronted cinematic art-rock band from Toronto takes us on a mystical journey through ancient lands, painting with psychedelic sound and experimenting with unexpected genre-bending twists and turns. Flowing effortlessly from dreamy shoegaze on Vagabond, to video game drum & bass on The Wrong Way, into the progressive krautrock of The Pace, and the avant-pop of EP opener, Autopilot Disengage, each song is a spell bound by the haunting and ethereal vocals of Tara Rice. The music was written, composed, produced and recorded by Rice and Sködt McNalty, both multi-instrumentalists.
This trilogy of EPs was inspired by 40 days of walking together under the Milky Way along ley lines of the Camino Santiago de Compostela, (also known as The Way of The Goddess, or simply, The Way) and the Camino Finisterre (which literally means, the end of the world). One of the many lessons learned along The Way was “know thyself” which includes limitations. This lesson is why the musical dynamic duo asked their friend and previous live drummer, David Pake, to join them in the studio to record, The Pace.
The themes of magick that permeated their 2022 EP, The Labyrinth continue throughout The Wolf. The album title itself was inspired by both the legendary lore of a shapeshifting Druid Queen of Finisterre, and the life altering, terrifyingly majestic encounter Rice & McNalty had with a wolf in the wild at the end of the world after watching the sun set on the final eve of their 40 day walking meditation. Threads of their travels are woven into the EP as field recordings, adding an immersive first-hand experience to this visceral collection of songs.
The Wolf debuted in the !earshot National Top 50 albums at #32. 5th PROJEKT’s recent single, The Wrong Way was featured in Obscure Sound, From the Straight, and It’s All Indie (UK) amongst additional local and international outlets. The first single from the EP, Vagabond premiered in V13 and The Spill (the music video), with features in Canadian Beats and other local and international publications. Both singles are Tinnitist approved tracks, and were featured on Exclaim’s The Eh! List.
The band’s previous EP, The Labyrinth enjoyed 11 weeks on Top 30 college radio charts across Canada making the Top 10 in Guelph and Windsor. They were featured in the spotlight series on Canadian psychedelia, Psych! on CFUV 101.9FM Victoria, BC, and received accolades as Earshot Distro’s Artist of the Week. Their music has received award nominations from The Ontario Independent Music Awards, The Toronto Independent Music Awards and The Orange County Music Awards (California). The band’s captivating live presence has led them to showcase at music festivals like NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, Kaleidoscope and Spirits of the Earth Festival along with two tours of Eastern Canada.
On stage, 5th PROJEKT is a 4-piece with Rice (vocals, guitar) and McNalty (guitar) accompanied by Peter Broadley (bass) and Jeremy Oram (drums).
one cohesive wall of sound. (Live review)
You’ll be hanging on to each and every hallucinogenic note.
known for a powerful live show you’d be wise not to miss.
If Portishead and Russian Circles got together it might sound like 5th PROJEKT.
One great kaleidoscopic orgy of sound.
one of the Toronto scene’s most sonically ambitious acts
The songs of ‘V’ are cathartic and compelling. Listen to the album when you can just close your eyes and relax, and focus on the music, let it do with you as it will. (Best of 2011)
epic, intricate songs that both blast your eardrums and soothe your nerves.
Interesting, memorable and evocative.
5th Projekt’s V… is one of the best records to come out of the Canadian indie scene in a long time.
I heavily recommend it if you’re tired of suffering from the Top 40 Blues. 10/10 (Gamma-Wave Rhythm Review)
Un groupe à découvrir sans hésitation. 4 stars (V review)
5th Projekt is another example of why I thank God that Canadians make music.
5th Projekt isn’t a band you listen to. 5th Projekt is a band you experience.
York Calling (UK) The Wolf EP review
RGM (UK) Interview with Tara & Sködt
Indie Obsessive (USA) Feature: The Pace
Sound vs System (New York) The Wolf EP review
Sound Kharma (USA) New Music Drop: The Pace
The Metal Asylum (UK) The Wolf EP review
Eat This Rock (Greece) Recommended: The Wrong Way
La Caverna (Mexico) The Pace single review
Os Gartos De liverpool (Brazil) The Wolf EP review
Skope (USA) The Pace single review
Elnews The Wolf EP review
Mesmerized (UK) The Wolf EP review
Turn Up the Volume (Belgium) Wake-up Call: The Pace
Music For All (Brazil) The Wolf EP review
Obscure Sound (USA) The Wrong Way single review
Saiid Zeidan (Lebanon)The Wrong Way single review
York Calling (UK) The Wrong Way single review
From the Straight The Wrong Way single review
It’s All Indie (UK) The Wrong Way single review
Mystic Sons (UK) The Wrong Way single review
Mustard (USA) The Wrong Way single review
Tinnitist The Wrong Way single Tinnitist approved track
Canadian Beats The Wrong Way single review
The Spill The Wrong Way single
V13 The Wrong Way single
Plastic (UK) Vagabond single review
Spill Magazine Exclusive Premiere – Vagabond music video
Canadian Beats Vagabond single review + interview
Mango Wave Magazine (Germany) Vagabond single review
Indie Dock (UK) Vagabond Single Review
The Other Side Vagabond single review
The Punk Head (USA) Artist Spotlight – Staff Pick – Vagabond single review
Send Me Your Ears (UK) Vagabond single review
Edgar Allan Poets Vagabond single review
Tinnitist Vagaond single Tinnitist approved track
V13 Exclusive Premiere – Vagabond single review
The Buzzr Podcast Interview with Tara & Sködt
A Little Bit of Sol (USA) Gamma-Wave Rhythm EP Review
Kwantlen Chronicle (BC) On the Radar
Here Magazine (NB) Celebrating 10 years of eclectic rock
North Shore News (BC) Interview with Tara & Sködt
Confront Magazine Gamma-Wave Rhythm EP review
Confront Magazine Interview with Tara & Sködt
Velvet Rope Magazine Gamma-Wave Rhythm EP review
North Shore News (BC) V – Best of 2012
Confront Magazine V – Best of 2011
Confront Magazine V album review
Pink Mafia V album review
Cadence Canada V album review
The Record Interview with Tara & Sködt
The Guelph Mercury Interview with Tara & Sködt
The Cannon Interview with Tara Rice
The Burlington Post Interview with Tara Rice
The Original Soundtrack Radio interview with Sködt McNalty (1:18:00)
The Cannon Guelph album release party review
Cadence Canada Interview with Tara Rice
TORO Magazine Exclusive live performance of ‘Spin’
AlanCross.ca Featured Track: Spin
The Province V album review
Independent Clauses (USA) V album review
Explore Music CiRCADiAN album review
AW Music CiRCADiAN album review
Toronto Indie CiRCADiAN album review
Aural Innovations CiRCADiAN album review
Orca Sound CiRCADiAN album review
Soundcheck Magazine CiRCADiAN album review
The Spill CiRCADiAN album review
Independent Clauses (USA) CiRCADiAN album review
Gauntlet CiRCADiAN album review
Sugarcain Entertainment The Tales of Don Quixote album review
Soulshine The Tales of Don Quixote album review
Canadian Musician The Tales of Don Quixote album review
Spirits of the Earth Festival, London 2018
Spirits of the Earth Festival, London 2017
Pagan Meet & Greet Festival, Brantford 2016
Kaleidoscope Gathering Festival, Pembroke 2015
Pagan Meet & Greet Festival, Brantford 2015
TWIMFest, Toronto 2014
FUNxNE, Toronto 2014
NXNE, Toronto 2012
Canadian Music Week, Toronto 2012
Lupercalia, Owen Sound 2012
OTHERfolk Festival, Owen Sound 2011
Dia De los Muertos Arts Festival, Toronto 2010
Indie Week, Toronto 2010
Earth Day Festival, Montreal 2010
Music for MS Fundraiser, Toronto 2009
Speak Up! Film Festival Gala, Mississauga 2007
Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Book Launch Party – Casa Loma, Toronto 2007
Ontario Independent Music Awards – Phoenix Theatre, Toronto 2007
Indie Week Toronto 2007
Toronto Underground Arts Festival 2006
ROCKRGRL, Seattle 2006
Canadian Music Week, Toronto 2006
NXNE, Toronto 2005
Best Indie Band – Ontario Independent Music Awards, Canada
Best Alternative Artist – Toronto Independent Music Awards
Best International Artist – Orange County Music Awards, California
Best Rock Song for ‘In a Coma’ by Toronto Exclusive Magazine
Best Alternative – Just Plain Folks Awards, California