Five Minutes to Freedom to play in Vans Warped Tour

From left, P.J. Jammal (drums), Kevin Pfeffer (vocals, guitar),

Five Minutes to Freedom has earned more than five minutes of
fame. The local band, which on Saturday will be headlining a show
at The Gilroy Gaslighter along with The Calm, another popular
Northern California band, will also play on the Vans Warped Tour
2005 in San Diego on June 30.
Five Minutes to Freedom has earned more than five minutes of fame. The local band, which on Saturday will be headlining a show at The Gilroy Gaslighter along with The Calm, another popular Northern California band, will also play on the Vans Warped Tour 2005 in San Diego on June 30.

The band is made up of Kevin Pfeffer on vocals and guitar, P.J. Jammal on drums, brothers Tomas Carrillo on vocals and guitar and Daniel Carrillo on vocals and bass, all of whom are from Gilroy.

The band formed in the summer of 2001 with the guys who have been friends since elementary school. Their music is described as alternative rock with an “emo-style sound.”

“I have definitely seen a progression in our careers because when we first started out, we were just playing to see where things went,” Daniel Carrillo said. “But now that things have picked up this past year, we have become more dedicated and passionate about the band. I would say that the progression is natural because we have all become more experienced as musicians, and that experience is evident in the new songs we write constantly.”

The Vans Warped Tour, which plays in locations across the country between June and August, features some of the top bands in the nation such as Thrice, The Transplants, Hawthorne Heights, Atreyu, The Starting Line and Avenged Sevenfold.

Band manager Michael Shane filled out the application for the tour, sent in their bio, a DVD and a CD. He said he knew the chances of being selected were slim and said he was surprised after receiving an e-mail saying the band was chosen from more than 100 applicants.

“When I opened it, I didn’t expect to read that we had been selected to play on the tour,” Shane said. “Though it was only one date, it was better then no date. None of us were expecting this so we were extremely ecstatic.”

It was a surprise for the entire band which had almost lost hope that they would be chosen.

“Being selected to play on Warped Tour brought a lot of sentiments upon me,” Daniel Carrillo said. “The initial feeling I got was ‘No way!’ But, after asking our manager about five times to stop joking around with me, it finally set in, and I was just amazed that we were selected. I just can’t wait to play.”

“Definitely excited,” added Jammal. “I’m really stoked to play a show like this with so many of the bands that have influenced us so much.”

Shane has had his hands full booking numerous shows in Northern California. The band hasn’t had the chance to headline at many events except at The Whiskey a Go Go in Hollywood in December. But between events, they have found time to record a CD.

The group is hoping to book some additional shows especially in Southern California before the Warped Tour.

“We’re going to have at least one date booked every weekend until June and are scheduled to be in the studio recording new material for the month of June,” Shane said.

Usually Five Minutes to Freedom headlines the shows it arranges, Shane said, but that was not the case for the week’s show in Gilroy. The promoter selected the show that was most likely to draw the biggest crowd.

“We’re probably the biggest local band right now, and in the case of this show specifically it was The Calm’s management that did the booking,” Shane said. “However, since we have a good relationship with them, and they know that Gilroy is our home town, they felt that it was only right for us to headline this show.”

About 250 people are expected to attend, Shane said.

“These guys are extremely passionate about their music, and it shows,” he said. “You’re going to see an extremely powerful show from them. The show this week is going to be huge – one of the biggest they’ve played thus far.”

Band members hope that the increased interest is a sign of good things to come.

“I sure hope this is the next step towards bigger and better things,” Pfeffer said. “This is a chance to do something extraordinary with our lives. It is our dream. I have never wanted something so bad.”

“We’ve all put a tremendous amount of time and energy in the band, and we refuse to give up,” Tomas Carrillo added. “If there are bumps in the road, we find ways to get around them, and we do whatever it takes to make this band work.”

For more information, go to www.myspace.com/fmf, www.punchapunk.com/fiveminutestofreedom or www.purevolume.com/fiveminutestofreedom.

At the Gaslighter

Five Minutes to Freedom will be headlining the show at The Gilroy Gaslighter, 7430 Monterey Street in Gilroy Saturday. Other bands include The Calm, Life with Jonas, Olympic Year and Switch Syndrome. Five Minutes to Freedom will be performing new music from their new album. The event begins at 7pm, and tickets are $8.

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