From simple beginnings of some poor planning to become a ska band, The Fifth Down began as a group of friends playing for a middle school talent show. Originally The Autumn Foundation, then Infamus Dru, and many other names in between, The Fifth Down became the final name for the group of five middle school kids. After a change in drummers after entering high school the line up now is comprised of George Ford on Drums, Elias Kotsis on Keyboard, Bobby Lussier on Guitar, Kyle Murphy as the lead vocalist, and Ethan Wagner on Bass Guitar. (To see full band member biographies visit the website.)
From playing The Stone Pony multiple times a year, to playing at Fright Fest at Six Flags, to recently playing the Trocadero Theatre, The Fifth Down keeps busy with local and not so local gigs. A distinct and often called unique sound of pop punk and alternative roots leads to what we all know as The Fifth Down sound. Along with an interesting sound, the live performances encompass a gusto and humor that cannot be matched by many acts along the Jersey Shore. Known for the black shirt and ties of varying colors it is hard to mistake anyone for The Fifth Down!