Ben Folds Five emerged in 1994 as music's only punk rock, piano-led trio. After slogging it out in clubs and building a following, they became one of the commercial and critical darlings of the 90’s releasing distinctive and eccentric piano-based music amidst the guitar heavy bands of the time. After releasing their third studio album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner in 1999, the band abruptly announced the split of Ben Folds Five in November of 2000.
They reformed in 2011 and released their newest album, The Sound of the Life of the Mind, in September of 2012. The Sound of the Life of the Mind Is classic Ben Folds Five which is at times irreverent, cerebral, quirky, wistful, and playful. The lovely and sincere “Away When You Were Here” is particularly moving and nostalgic. The Sound of the Life of the Mind peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200, and the video for the first single “Do It Anyway” featured Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry and the cast of Fraggle Rock.
Ben Folds Five is currently touring Australia and the UK to promote the release of their new album. Ben, Robert Sledge and Darren Jesse join us in the studio today.