Why Everything Is Made Of Fives was one of the first things Lono wrote together. It was before we really knew what the band was about and how it was going to be put together, we had an acoustic guitar at the time, and we were looking for a female vocalist who could sing like Grace Slick. Strange times indeed. David was interested in John Carpenter soundtracks and I was still listening heavily to The Pixies, somehow those things seemed to blend really well and the song ended up being a prototype manifesto for Lono: to try to make something that is atmospheric while at the same time is immediate and direct.
The lyrics of the song come from a long night out in Nottingham, during which we kept finding ourselves in heated debates with strangers about the Illuminatus! Trilogy; conversations that were littered with talk of secret societies, ancient orders, and how maybe the Pope controls the world and is a lizard from the moon etc. People kept telling us about the 'Law of Fives': an all encompassing and usefully vague law which states that "all things happen in fives, or are divisible by, or are multiples of five, or are directly or indirectly appropriate to five." and that "The law of fives is never wrong". Absolutely perfect nonsense.
I didn't understand what we were talking about that night, and I don't think its any clearer now. I think numerology and superstition are absurd but that it is also a glorious thing that people are so eager to explain how everything is connected, and to find hidden meaning in all things. Long live conspiracy theories.
released June 6, 2015
Written by I Am Lono, recorded and produced by Chris Moore.
Song 1 mastered by Envelope AM, song 2 mastered by Chris Moore.
Photograph by Haydn Webborn
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