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Five O’Clock Heroes Prove They’re More Than ‘Skin Deep’

For those about to rock, the Five O’Clock Heroes feature the best of both ponds with sexy Strokes-like style and quality U.K.-influenced riffage. The New York via Northampton, England quartet create bouncy new wave jams smattered with ska and post-punk — the fact that they do it with leather jackets and carefully disheveled manes is strictly icing.

New single “Skin Deep” is a manic, panicked mix of snappy beats, jangly guitars and the best punk snarling since Strummer by singer Antony Ellis. With a snappy call and response chorus set to a simple to-and-fro ska melody, and heaped with elements perfected by Elvis Costello and the Jam, “Skin Deep” showcases a band that knows their influences and isn’t afraid to take them onto 2007’s dance floors. Bend to the Breaks, the band’s U.S. debut long-player, breaks out Oct. 2 via the Glaze label.

Now Hear This:
The Five O’Clock Heroes – “Skin Deep” DOWNLOAD MP3

On the Web:
The Five O’Clock Heroes at MySpace

Talk: Do you have the time for the Five O’Clock Heroes?

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