After a handful of line-up changes, they finally settled in with Beaty Wilson and Jeff Jones in 1997.
Their early discography includes two self-released singles and a full-length album in 1999, produced by John Croslin.
Their debut album received extensive airplay on college radio and the band has been seasoned by several national tours, while also developing a reputation for being a pivotal live act in Austin.
Fivehead has had its share of comparisons with the early '90s lo-fi guitar rock of Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Husker Du, and Dinosaur Jr., and that's certainly not a bad thing when it's this well-done.
Following the well-received "Goodie the Rat" 7-inch, comes the new six song Big Mistake Factory EP on the Austin-based Tight Spot Records.
The EP features the diversity of talent in the band, with each member playing more than one instrument and songs penned by Wilson and Comeau alongside Hunt's ever-developing songwriting.
After an east coast tour in the late Summer/early Fall of 2001, Fivehead plans to release another full-length, which will be recorded in their home studio.
"Falling Out" 7" (Big Bucket Club, 1997)
"Kitty" 7" (Big Bucket Club, 1998)
It's Not All Good and It's Not Right On CD (Big Bucket Club, 1999)
"Goodie" 7" (Peek-A-Boo, 2000)
"Sit a Spell" on the Book of Spells compilation (Peek-A-Boo, 2000)
Big Mistake Factory EP (Tight Spot Records, 2001)
Basement Life 6/29/01
"John Hunt, the man partially responsible for the superbly original sounds of Austin's Silver Scooter, has left his longtime band with the intention of concentrating more heavily on another Austin band, Fivehead, in which he plays guitar and sings. They've just released a new EP entitled "Big Mistake Factory" and it sounds more like the Silver Jews than Silver Scooter. The disc opens with the borderline brilliant "Cape Codders," which employs one of the same kind of catchy, laid melodies that made Pavement so damn likeable. As the EP progresses, the band ditches the slacker sound and turns up the volume and energy levels as they tear through upbeat rockers like "Moelling" and "Halftime Show," relying on pounding drums and fuzzy guitars a la Eric's Trip. There's also a few slow songs like "Last Vegas Stance" and "#1 Heart" where the band strays from the straight up guitar/bass/drums attack and tinkers with the sounds of piano, cello, lap steel skillsaw, but they aren't as immediately endearing as the others. All in all, "Big Mistake Factory" is a huge success, presenting Fivehead as a band that is capable of rocking out in a tried and true fashion without sounding unoriginal."
Music Emissions 7/16/01
"For those of you who miss the early 90's lo-fi guitar rock of all the indie bands at that time, Fivehead is for you. They have been around for a little while with releases on Big Bucket Club and Peek-a-Boo. Big Mistake Factory finds them on the new Texas based label, Tight Spot Records. It is a fine production too. This is one of those ep's that keep you wanting more. The album starts out with the sauntering "Cape Codders" in which John Hunt's vocals are soft and the instrumentation is a bit scattered but held together with skill. Fivehead then jumpstart your stereo with the driving "Mo Elling" with a gritty Dinosaur Jr. guitar. J Mascis would be proud. They slow down a bit for the next two tracks and then pick it up again with the Meat Puppets inspired "Young and Compliant". Fivehead need a little more exposure and they could be a band that would be a contender in the underground music scene. They don't push any boundaries but they are great songwriters and musicians."
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1. Cape Codders
2. Mo Elling
3. Halftime Show
4. #1 Heart
5. Young and Compliant
6. Last Vegas Stance