VIDEO: The Five One – Mandatory

by Winston "Stone" Ford

The Five One has been a band on the rise for a hot minute now, and they been on the move since playing SXSW this past March. If you don’t know, the band combines pop rock, hip-hop, and everything in between into an intriguing, forward thinking blend of music. The track, titled “Mandatory,” has been played since their trip in Texas (where I ran into them at the SPIN Lounge) and they dropped a video for it this past week.

The band gets props for their color coordination (Red, Gold, Green, and Blue), and the light ragga influenced feel of Mandatory is the perfect way to end the summer. Check them out at

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