The musical method of Five Minute Miracle

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Some are in the music industry for the money and others are in it for the fame.

ut Aaron Adair of Five Minute Miracle has reasons of his own. “I like ass shaking,” he says.

During frosh week, Five Minute Miracle brought its high-energy show to Oakham House. By the end of their performance, the makeshift dance floor was packed. Although the Saskatoon and is not well-known in Eastern Canada, Adair wasn’t surprised with the crowd’s response.

“When we’re working a new crowd I kind of expect people just to sit at first,” Adair explains. “Then near the end it always starts to pick up.”

The secret? A clever fusion of funk, rock and jazz, combining the trumpet and vocals of Adair with guitarist Curtis Olson, bassist Ryan Hall and drummer Patrick Young. At times on their debut album, Universal Groove, even a swing rhythm finds its way into music. ON stage the quartet can’t help but groove to their unique blend of styles, and in seconds the audience is moving as well.

Universal Groove, produced during a six-day studio session last year, showcases the catchy rhythms of the music as well as the many styles the band uses. According to Adair, the title reflects the diversity of the album and the wide variety of people he hopes will appreciate it. But he says some people can’t get into the diversity because of how much the album switches styles.

As for the name of the band, Adair is far more reluctant to give out its meaning.

“If I told you,” he laughs. “I’d have to kill you.” He admits that it is sexual, but leaves the rest up to imagination.

When the group started out three years ago, they were writing mainly straightforward pop-rock songs. It wasn’t until the band began to draw on their diverse musical backgrounds and interests as well as adding a little funk to their live show tht they really got going.

“I can remember our first kickass gig in Saskatoon was actually a university function we headlined,” Adair says. We got up there and played like we never played before. I had never seen the dance floor get jammed like that and it was a rush. Since then we’ve been selling out places in Saskatoon everytime we play.”

Along the way, Five Minute Miracle has had the chance to open for fellow Saskatooners Wide Mouth Mason as well as other major acts like Esthero, Jacksoul, Goldfinger and The New Meanies.

Now that the band has started touring east of the Prairies (this was actually the band’s third Toronto gig), they try to bring a little of Saskatoon to their live set.

During the frosh week show, Adair worked anecdotes from back home into the music. He says studying English in university has helped both his stage  presence and lyrics. This, combined with up-beat rhythms, made for a show that must have been reminiscent of the sell-out shows in Saskatoon.

After touring Eastern Canada, Five Minute Miracle will be back in Toronto to play a show at The Horseshoe Oct. 4. As for a new album, the band hopes to record early in the new year after finishing their tour out west.

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