Ben Folds Five Biography

thumb|250px|right|Ben Folds performing, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2006 Ben Folds Five are an alternative rock trio formed in 1993 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The group's members are Ben Folds (lead vocals, piano, keyboards, melodica, principal songwriting), Robert Sledge (bass, contrabass, synthesizer, backing vocals), and Darren Jessee (drums, percussion, backing vocals, songwriter). The group achieved mainstream success in the alternative, indie and pop music scenes. Their single "Brick" from the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations. During their seven years together, the band released three proper studio records, one retrospective album of B-sides and outtakes, and eight singles. They also contributed to a number of soundtracks and compilations. Ben Folds Five disbanded in October 2000.

The group reunited for a one-off concert on September 18, 2008, where they played their album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, in its entirety. In 2011, Ben Folds Five reunited to record three tracks for Ben Folds' The Best Imitation of Myself: A Retrospective. It was announced on Folds' Twitter in January 2012 that the band had reunited to record a new album, released on September 18, 2012, titled The Sound of the Life of the Mind. As of March 1 of the same year, at least three tour dates have been added, including the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee, DeLuna Festival in Pensacola, Florida, and the Mountain Jam Festival in Hunter, NY. In July 2012 the band announced US and European tour dates for Fall 2012.

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Ben Folds Five announce November UK tour – ticket details

Reunited trio will play eight shows later this year

  • Apr 25, 2012

Ben Folds Five reunite for first new album in 13 years

It will be the orginal trio's first new album since 1999's 'The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner'

  • Jan 26, 2012

Ben Folds Five reveal plans to record new album

Singer hints that he and his old band "will probably get together" for recording sessions soon

  • Sep 19, 2011

Ben Folds Five to reunite for one-off show

They'll get back together this month

  • Sep 3, 2008

Ben Folds leaked 'fake' album

Singer reveals he purposely put material online

  • Aug 14, 2008

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They're the band who, on one hand, fashioned [B]'Underground'[/B]  a punchy classic slice of professorial pop with a heart of molten boogie  but on the other can make something as dumb, vile and

  • Apr 28, 1999

Folds, Ben Five : Army

A rash of horns, stadium honky-tonk, some insufferably self-regarding piano - that's supposed to be enough to dazzle the listener, like a budgie transfixed by a mirror.

  • Apr 17, 1999

The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner

There always has to be a joke, doesn't there?...

  • Apr 4, 1999

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