Yes, Ben Folds Five is a trio formed in Chapel Hill, NC in early 1994, who kicked the door open for many to follow and became the mainstay measure of piano rock in the 90s.
Led by frontman, Ben Folds, and fueled by bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee, they quickly dispelled any misgivings about a band's ability to rock without guitars. Calling themselves "punk rock for sissies” and carrying Ben’s own baby grand piano from gig to gig, the trio blazed what would be a long-lasting legacy they're now about to revisit and re-invent 12 years since they split up.
By 1995, Ben Folds Five released their debut album and quickly found a rabid fan base in the US, UK, Japan and Australia and embarked on several years of extensive worldwide touring.
Their second album, “Whatever and Ever Amen,” generated video and radio favorites “Battle of Who Could Care Less," “One Angry Dwarf and Two Hundred Solemn Faces” and Top 40 hit "Brick." Their third, “The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner" (1998) with the perennial favorite “Army” marked the band’s highly visible swan song as they toured the world and found their music in films, on soundtracks, and on the radio.
Ben, Robert and Darren have stayed friends since the Ben Folds Five days, did a one-off reunion in 2008 in Chapel Hill, and recorded three new songs for a 3-CD career retrospective release. And now, they are ready to do it again!