Five think that boybands are cowards:
- We dare to confess that we like girls and parties!
"I don't understand why all boybands come dragging with a bunch of tear dripping ballads. We want our fans to party!" Rich
Boybands live dangerously! To be the biggest today doesn't mean that
you're gonna be on the top forever.
The guys in Five are now in the passing lane - and they have BSB in
the sight! Because each time they visit Sweden there are more and more
fans outside of their hotel. At the prospect of their debut album they
seem to have the world in their hands!
The debut single Slam Dunk (Da Funk) promised big! The follow-up
When The Lights Go Out sealed the deal.
Five emerged out of nowhere as England's BSB with five good-looking
guys and a slightly tougher style
than their American colleagues. Now they've visited Sweden more often
than any other country, and for
each time that they come, the fans have doubled. They've slipped in
many times unannounced. Even the
record company hasn't known that they were in Stockholm to work with
Denniz Pop and Max Martin in the Cheiron studio.
But they can't hide from the real fans.
- No, we've got no chance, Rich laughes when Okej meets the guys
during their last visit. All it takes is
that some girl sees one of us outside the studio and the bush
telegraph starts. In a few hours it's crowded in the streets outside
the studio. It's almost frightning how fast our popularity has grown.
We've only released a couple of singles.
It was when they visited Greece a few months ago when it really hit
them that they're becoming really, really big.
- We've gotten used to it that girls recognise us in England, J says,
but then we went over to Greece
without any expectations at all. We couldn't believe it when everybody
recognised us, even adults were screaming "Five, Five" after us.
It's the same thing in England after they appeared on the
TV-programme Neighbours From Hell.
- It's not a youth programme, so now we get glances of recognition
everywhere, even in the grocery shops the ladies recognise us, Rich
How do you handle being a celebrity when you've been an ordinary,
anonymous guy all your life? Rich has a theory:
- Let's say that a doctor tells you that you must go through a
by-pass operation. You get scared and think
"How am I gonna get through this?". But you will, you have to. It's
the same with us. We have to adjust to
J says that it's important to keep your feet on the ground:
- Many new celebrities lose control, he says. We realise that the
fans' love isn't for us personally, it's for the image we've created.
We might as well face the truth: pop is an image, a product - and at
the moment we're in the limelight. When you start believing in your
own image then it's over! I mean, I've been
characterized as the quiet, the little temperamental one in the band....
-....and I'm the cute one, Rich interrupts with a small grimace and
-....which has led to the fact that a lot of people think that I am
like that, that I'm a cocky "bad boy". You have to separate the J you
are in Five and the one you're private. You're not better than
somebody else just because you sell records and are on TV.
Something weird happens when five guys live so close together,
touring and hanging out all the time. They get a bit "lawless". Both J
and Rich agree:
- Yes, I've noticed that, laughs J. You think that you haven't
changed, but you have. I went home for X-
mas for the first time in a long time. I assumed that everything was
like before, but it isn't. You've
adjusted to another lifestyle whether you want to or not. The people
around you see it.
- It's those around you that change, Rich thinks. Not your best
friends, but the casual acquaintances. My
mum owns a pub where I've hang out at since I was little. Everyone
knows me there, but when I go there
these days, I find myself analyzing how people talk to me and when I
say something I might think "Oops,
that might be misunderstood....". The thought of me having changed has
changed me. Weird, eih?
Five don't want to be called a boyband, even though they understand
that it's inevitable.
- Why not call us a popband? suggests Rich. We're just doing our
thing. We haven't planed anything.
- Boybands seem so alike; same clothes, same attitude, same dance
routines, says J. You don't need a
recipe, all it takes is to be yourself. I'd dress the same even if I
wasn't in Five - though I probably couldn't afford a Ralph
Lauren-shirt. I mean, it's so ridiculous to hear all these bands say:
"No, we don't have any girlfriends, no we don't drink alcohol, no we
don't have sex....". I'll be 22 soon! Is there anyone who would
believe me if I'd say that I don't like girls and parties?
Both J and Rich know that they have a responsability to the young
fans who've fallen in love with them.
- We must be careful, admits J. If we'd make a mistake it might
hurt a young girl and break her fantasy image about us. I'm proud of
it that they like Five. Imagine when they get older and they think
back to their teenage years and say: "I liked Five and I was totally
in love with J". That's flattering.
Five are soon finished with their debut album and they're very
- We've made a good record, thinks J. Everyone who's heard it say
that it has a chance to be No. 1! Like
we would be less nervous then...
It's also tough.
- We're a tough band, says Rich. I don't understand why all the
boybands come dragging with a bunch of
tear dripping ballads. We want our fans to party!
This year is said to be a very crazy year for Five.