TOM EDMUNDS // Singer
When XL5 needed a new front man, they went to the land of song...Wales. Tom , described in one review as “Wales’ answer to Freddie Mercury”, was first choice. Singing since age eleven; “I was the only idiot who would get up and do it!” he joined a succession of bands as vocalist playing guitar or bass as required. At the beginning of the 1980’s he found himself writing the songs, fronting and playing bass for XTC/Police styled “The Final Demand”. After many false starts with major record companies the band folded and by the end of the decade he found himself slightly to the left of Dave (keyboards) in various bands and a life-long friendship started... "He couldn’t shake me off!”. It was Dave who asked me if I was interested in joining XL5. “To me being invited to sing for the Five was a huge honour...there are no musical barriers with these guys, no rules, just a strong desire to make great music.” Tom also plays percussion, Flute and Guitar, the latter only under duress; he prefers the “no ties” front man role.
DAVE GOODALL // Keyboards
Started his musical journey investing in his first synthesiser during the early eighties and became a founder member of the band "Red Sails" During this period, he embraced the digital age and got involved in synth programming, sampling and recording. In 1988, Dave teamed up with Paul (Songwriter) programming and engineering songs for various publishing companies. In 2001 he was successful in having some of his own compositions published and aired on TV and Radio, earning one commission for BBC Correspondent as a BMG writer. Dave has worked with various musicians and played in various bands over the years. He has been a part-time lecturer for recording and Music Tech in Hereford and continues to compose and record in his spare time. Dave first met Tom (Vocalist) in 1987 when they immediately formed a great friendship. Since then they have teamed up to embark on various musical ventures together from recording to playing in duos and bands. But now with the amalgamation of Dave (drums), Clive (Guitar) and Vinni (Bass), they both agree that XL5 has the right elements to produce something very exciting.
CLIVE JAMES // Guitar
Clive started playing guitar at the age of twelve. Self taught, he has a range of influences from XTC, Be-Bop Deluxe to the Carpenters. His attitude to music is "if I like it, I want to play it". After leaving university in 1983, he knew that he had to give some serious time to his love for playing guitar. He joined Hereford based band "Little Big Stuff". Despite playing awesome songs and performing memorable gigs, the record deal proved elusive. In 2000, he teamed up with drummer Dave (Drums). They played together in local covers bands The Big Top and The Late Show until 2011.
VINNI // Bass
Vinni has played in bands since the age of sixteen. He played with the great "Common Orange" amongst other bands, playing a wide variety of styles from rock to reggae. Talented, understated, reliable and solid as a rock. A great wingman for Roney, underpinning a solid and tasty rhythm section. The man who literally rocks the keyboard section when letting loose.
DAVE RONE // Drums
Without doubt, an extremely skilled and versatile groove master coupled with the musical knowledge to match, who has learned his craft over the years. Dave formed his first band "Drums and Wires" in 1992 and played on the back of a carnival Lorry for the 1992 Jailbreak. In 1994, Dave formed the indie rock band "Sweet Leaf" who successfully signed to a subsiduary of Revolver Records when they released their first single in 1995 entitled "Estate Love". The band continued to record and tour the UK before mutually parting company.