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by 5:15

Psychedelic hard rock from Santa Cruz recorded in the late eighties.
Genre: Rock: Hard Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Away Along
5:14 $0.99
2. Liquid Blues
5:02 $0.99
3. Have Mercy
5:14 $0.99
4. Did a Day
5:32 $0.99
5. Misunderstanding Blues
5:05 $0.99
6. Back Again
6:02 $0.99
7. Ride to the Moon
7:13 $0.99
8. Somebody Say
4:05 $0.99
9. Will's Drum Concussion (Live)
2:47 $0.99
10. Iphinassa
4:10 $0.99
11. Another Dream
7:12 $0.99
12. Chained Up
4:54 $0.99
13. All We Have Is Time
4:18 $0.99
14. Wanting Answers
5:05 $0.99
15. The Ocean (Live)
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
I met Eric Friedmann in nursery school in San Diego. When we were eighteen, we discovered that by happy coincidence we were both off to UC Santa Cruz for college. We had attended each other’s shows down south, but had never been in a band together. Eric chose the name 5:15 for the band we would form.

When he arrived at Stevenson College, Eric set about recruiting for the band. He accosted Will Strickland because the boy wore a Zildjian T-Shirt to the dining hall one fateful evening. Eric found the songwriter, Jared Rodgers, sitting and playing guitar on a Stevenson Lower Quad bench. He convinced Jared to play bass for us.

The band met three nights a week in the Stevenson band room. At that rate, we quickly developed a strong set mostly composed of hard rock covers. Jared had brought in a couple of original tunes (I recall Liquid Blues as the first one) as well. We played our first show at the Stevenson Fireside Lounge for all the kids in the Stevenson dorms.

We continued to rehearse a lot, and while Eric and I worked on originals occasionally, Jared put a lot of energy into creating original music for the band. I also recall that Jared brought in a lot of cover tunes. It wasn’t long before our repertoire could cover four hours without a break. We needed a set this size because we were very much a part of the UCSC house party scene.
We performed at every opportunity, and this meant we played lots of festival events at UCSC, bars in (and out of) town, and too many parties to count.

The band meant the world to us. From our distorted perspective inside the college music scene, we thought the band meant the world to everybody. We got a lot of applause, but it also got to the point where we were routinely recognized by strangers. I imagine that these “strangers” were just friends-of-friends. Still, after a while we felt like bona fide rock stars. We acted and dressed the part as well.

It transformed my psyche.

I say that by way of confession, and not because I’m proud of it. In spite of all the evidence to the contrary -- what with the endless compromises and mundane realities of my daily life as a high tech worker and family man -- in my heart I’ll always believe I’m a rock star.

We released this album as a response to the passing of our brilliant songwriter, Jared Rodgers. We owe that fleeting glimpse of rock stardom to him more than to anybody else. Beyond the original music, Jared contributed tremendous drive and energy to the band. He demanded the best from everybody in the band, and brought forth abilities in us that would never have blossomed otherwise.

We dedicate this album to his memory.

There were many other people close to us during those times who created the scene. The album represents a message of gratitude to all of them as well. There were also a lot of bands we admired in those days, and we’re honored and humbled to be in their company. I recall World Entertainment War, Big Big Big, Psychefunkapus, Fat City, Camper Van Beethoven, Mustard, and Malthorse Drudge. Our thanks to all of you, and don’t forget what you are.

Steve Schneider
Campbell CA 2/3/2019.



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