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I heavily recommend it if you’re tired of suffering from the Top 40 Blues. 10/10

Christy Somos, Velvet Rope Magazine

BIOGRAPHY

With a kiss to your 3rd eye, 5th PROJEKT returns from a 40-day pilgrimage under the Milky Way offering the new single, Vagabond. Self-released November 15, 2022 on Organik Rekords, the song is the first track from the forthcoming EP, The Wolf due out March 2023. 

The Toronto cinematic art-rock band paints with sound on Vagabond, a psychedelic cry of sovereignty amidst  dreamy shoegaze atmospheres grounded in grunge. The haunting vocals of Tara Rice (vocals, guitar, fuzz bass, drums) are accentuated by the angular and ambient guitars of Sködt McNalty (guitars, synth). Inspired by the shadow side of Jesca Hoop and the found sound percussion of Tom Waits, the song carries the grit of early PJ Harvey that would appeal to fans of Metric or Blonde Redhead.

This new body of work was years in the making, an alchemical process inspired by Rice and McNalty’s weeks-long journey on the Camino Santiago de Compostela. This walking meditation from the south of France, across northern Spain to the Atlantic Ocean is a mystical initiation that dates back thousands of years. It continues to serve as a means for distillation, refinement and purification of self. Living out of a backpack for over a month really changes your perspective on life and what you truly need. This is the path of the Vagabond who represents all of us, and the journey is both wistful and triumphant.  

5th PROJEKT’s previous EP, The Labyrinth (2022) enjoyed 11 weeks on Top 30 college radio charts across Canada making the Top 10 in Guelph and Windsor. The band was 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 in September 2022. Their music has received award nominations from The Ontario Independent Music Awards, The Toronto Independent Music Awards and The Orange County Music Awards. 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.

The band will be debuting Vagabond live at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto on November 22, 2022 at 9:30 pm for Nu Music Night (no cover). On stage, 5th PROJEKT is a 4-piece featuring Rice (vocals, guitar) and McNalty (guitars) accompanied by Peter Broadley (bass) and Jeremy Oram (drums).

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Electrifyingly original.

Lonely Vagabond

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
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 On the Radar
Here Magazine Celebrating 10 years of eclectic rock
North Shore News 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 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

FESTIVAL INVITATIONS/SHOWCASES

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

AWARD NOMINATIONS

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

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