5th PROJEKT – “The Wrong Way”

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Toronto-based quartet 5th PROJEKT stir on their recent track “The Wrong Way,” propelled by Tara Rice’s riveting vocal performance amidst an escalating, atmospheric rock production. Sködt McNalty’s expressive guitar work provides lingering ferocity throughout, evoking an ’80s nostalgia alongside his thumping bass and steady percussion. The track represents the second single from the band’s upcoming EP, The Wolf, releasing on March 7th via their independent label, Organik Rekords.

“Hey, don’t go the wrong way,” the vocals soar as guitar uptick in intensity and mystique. The rhythmic bustle, with an ominous fast-paced bass and eerie synths, compares to recent Radiohead — especially in the escalating moments. A more alt-rock vigor is apparent when the vocals ascend, conjuring The Dresden Dolls’ idiosyncratic art-rock there. Lyrical pleadings to “take the high ground,” alongside other cautionary tales mesh with a murky, riveting rock production throughout this success from 5th PROJEKT.

“The idea was to capture the feeling of being right on the boundary between chaos and control,” McNalty explains. “That place where momentum and inertia make it almost impossible to stop, like running down a hill that’s way too steep. This literally happened to us on the Camino when we accidentally went the wrong way despite being warned multiple times not to.”

The act’s live band includes Jeremy Oram (drums) and Peter Broadley (bass). “The Wrong Way” was composed by and all parts played by Sködt McNalty, except for the vocals.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of February 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup. The submitter accepted our content-based offer, which included financial compensation for our time writing, editing, and publishing this article.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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