Family Force 5
(2003 - present)
Band Members Are:
Solomon Olds “ Soul Glow Activatur” - vocals, guitar
Joshua Olds “ Phatty” - bass, vocals
Jacob Olds “ Crouton” - drums, vocals
Derek Mount “ Chap Stique” - guitar
Nathan Currin “ Nadaddy” - decks, keys
Brad Alien “ 20 Cent” - guitar (since 2005)
Label: Gotee / Maverick records
Business Up Front, Party In The Back 2/14/2006 (iTunes), 3/21/2006 (Gotee), 5/3/2006 (Maverick)
1. Cadillac Phunque
2. Kountry Gentlemen
4. Drama Queen
5. Put Ur Hands Up
6. Love Addict
8. Replace Me
9. Lose Urself
Family Force 5 EP 2005 (Maverick)
1. Kountry Gentlemen
2. Drama Queen
4. Love Addict
5. Lose Urself
Also features in enchanced look at the video for “Kountry Gentelemen” and “Numb”
Family Force 5 EP (was renamed The Phamily EP) 2005 (Independent)
The Phamily EP 2004 (Independent) (as The Phamily)
“Mind’s Eye” …. Freaked! A Gotee Tribute For dc Talk’s “Jesus Freak” 2006 (Gotee)
“Kountry Gentlemen” … Purple Door Festival CD Sampler 2005
A Must Have/ Or Must Have:
Business Up Front, Party In The Back Pre-release featuring “Colour Of Water” 2006 (Gotee)
“Numb” - * Only able to see on FF5 EP Enhanced*
Family Force 5 has arrived.
A phoenix rising from the ashes of the Dirty South, Family Force 5 creates a lethal mix of punk, crunk, funk and mind altering grooves., that’s guaranteed ghetto music straight from the heart cut with a healthy dose of fried grits.
Formed 2 years ago in Atlanta, Family Force 5 redefine Rock from the South, combining OutKast with Rage Against, the Machine, and Beastie Boys with the White Stripes.
Imagine Rick James fronting the MC5 or Ronnie Van Zant as lead singer for the Gap Band. No other band mixes new wave guitars with the nasty groove that can only come after a lifetime diet of friend chicken and collared greens.
Family Force 5 features 3 blood brothers who have chosen to build their “Crunk Rock” with 2 friends. Solomon Olds (aka. Soul Glow Activatur) plays guitar, sings and generally leads the charge while break dancing . Jacob Olds (aka. Crouton) plays drums and shares the vocals. Joshua Olds (aka. Phatty) plays bass, sings and doubles as Jacob’s twin brother. Nathan Currin (aka. Nadaddy) mans the decks and plays the keys. Family Force 5 play a set loaded with Hits of the Future: “Kountry Gentlemen, “Drama Queen”, “X-Girlfriend’, “Erfquake” and many others are coming soon to a radio station and video music channel near you.
Family Force 5 must headline almost every gig because their fearsome reputation has spread around the South. They’ve blown away the likes of Altar Bridge, Velvet Revolver, and the Cure as an opening band and any headliner with an ounce of sense now knows that it’s fatal to follow Family Force 5.
Family Force 5 have turned down exclusive endorsements from both the Varsity and Krystal that would play their music continuously in each chain’s restaurants because the band believes that EVERYBODY deserves the chance to rock their grooves, not just the customers of the finest eating establishments in the South.
Family Force 5 will come to your town and burn it down , making any rock club feel like it is Ladies’ Choice at the Roller Rink.
Don’t miss your chance to see, to hear, to experience the righteous crunk rock that Family Force 5 can bring to your life. See them now and say forever that you knew them when. Nu South Rising. The world will ‘shake like an earthquake’ with Family Force 5.
Peace out people.
Meanings for there names?? Hmm … Interesting
Hmm.. Ever wonder where they got there stage names? Well read along here and get to see your favorite member’s name and get to see why this is band is the best.
Soul Glow Activatur
“Soul Glow Activatur came from a movie called Coming To America and there's a hair care product people used called "Soul Glow". Basically Soul Glow, you put it on your hair and it jheri curls, but it's got to activate. So I got a lotta soul, it glows, and I'm the only one that can activate it! That's my name.” - Solomon Olds
“My name is Phatty and I was a portly child growing up so my brothers tagged me with the name "Phatty" and it stuck. It's not nice. It scarred me! I still have bad dreams.”
- Joshua Olds
“I'll reveal my real identity... my name is Nate or Nathan. Y'know, a good Biblical name. So there's the "Na" part. "N-A," y'know? Last part is "daddy" and I'm not a daddy or anything, so that don't really go real well. I'm a MACK DADDY, WHAT! No, it's Nadaddy, just so all y'all know.” - Nathan Currin
“ Basically my name came from... Well, I'm not gonna lie. I was eating a gangster salad one day and I looked down and I saw a gangster crouton and I said, "Man, that's gangsta! I'm gon' name myself CROUTON!" So I made myself "Crouton"... with a hint of garlic.”
- Jacob Olds
“ Y'know, I was the newest guy in the band and when I first got in, they said "You gotta have a name" and so we went through some names and first we got was Teen Wolf to go with the 80's theme. I thought the coolest thing was that the record label actually had a meeting about it. About whether or not this was the best marketing strategy or not. So we changed it to "Laser Show." Laser Show was pretty cool, but then it just became apparent that I needed to be Chap Stique. It's always with me, it's always on my lips. Fans throw it Fans throw it at me -- in a cool way. Exactly. I haven't bought it since I changed my name.” - Derek Mount
This was taken from the interview from jesusfreakhideout.com
Here are some fun facts from these lovely guys. I hope you like. Enjoy!
.Soul Glow Activatur does some producing for Toby MAC, John Reuben and 4th Avenue Jones
.Phatty's bass is a Musicman Jazz Bass. (Thanks to Fatty Fan Club)
.Phatty's tattoo is the cadiliac symbol with a cassette in the middle. (Thanks to Fatty Fan Club)
. Crouton is older by 4 mins, than Phatty. (Thanks to Fatty Fan Club)
.Crouton's and Phatty's birthday is August 11. (Thanks to Fatty Fan Club)
. Chap Stique's birtday is August 6. (Thanks to Chap Stique's Fan Club)
.Soul Glow Activatur did some producing and some background vocals on Toby MAC's "Welcome To Diverse City".
. Soul Glow Activatur also is producing and guest appearing on Falling Up's remiz CD which is set to release this October.
.Family Force 5 did a remake of DC Talk's song "Mind's Eye" which is featured on a CD, tribute to DC Talk. I will try to put the song up ot a clip of it once I can, so u guys can listen to it.
.Family Force 5 was known as the Phamily.
.Soul Glow, Phatty, and Crouton were in a group called The Brothers.
.Soul Glow, Phatty and Crouton dad’s is Jeremoe Olds who is a legendary singer in a rock band in the Christian Music industry from the late 80’s.
.Brain Alien “20 Cent” was the former guitarist for Family Force 5 till 2005. Than came along Derek Mount “ Chap Stique”.
.They’ve appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS), mtvU’s ‘The Freshmen Class”, Direct TV’s CD USA, G4’s Attack of the Show!.
. They’ve been in festival’s such as Cornerstone, Creation, Ichthus , and even on Warped Tour.
. Phatty and Crouton are twin brothers.
. They’re on 2 records labels. Maverick Records (Mainstream) and Gotee Records (Christian).
. “Colour Of Water” didn’t make the cut for the release of Business Up Front, Party In The Back.
. They remade a song from the classic Christmas recording, “Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer” adding there own unique style to this song. They even made a music video for it. J
. “Numb” has a music video, but only featured on a EP.
. If u see a dancing machine on stage with Family Force 5. Its none other than Xanadu.
. Yes. Family Force 5 are Christians.
. Xanadu is married.
. Xanadu would like to meet Jesus, Burt Reynolds, KIT 2000 the car, Angelina Jolie, and Pink Floyd.
. Soul Glow produces as well to performing and writing,
. Soul Glow likes music by Prince, the Foo Fighters, Old School Michael Jackson, Beck just to name a few.
. Soul Glow’s heroes are Jesus and James Brown.
. Nadaddy is into fast cars, motorcycle racing.
. He also loves cars and bikes.
. Nadaddy’s car, a blue BMW was in the music video for ‘Kountry Gentlemen”
. He would like to meet Michael Jackson, Prince, U2 and Filter.
. Nadaddy likes anime, 80’s cartoon’s, NFL football along with some car shows, bike shows, discovery channel and the history channel. Very interesting.
. Nadaddy’s hometown is Ellington, CT.
. Phatty’s hero is Papa Smurf.
. Phatty likes John Tesh and The Boss.
. Chap Stique loves to chew gum as well as chapstick.
. Chap Stique has been in a lot of bands before joining Family Force 5.
. He likes 80’s rock and theology.
. Chap Stique would like to meet Jesus, Bob Barker, Tom Morello and many more.
. He likes Michael Jackson, Jonezetta, DC Talk, Rage Against The Machine, Albert King and many more.
. Crouton has a great sense of humor.
. He’s fav. Movie of all time is Alien vs.. Predator.
. The Cadillac Ranch inspired Family Force 5 to write the song “Cadillac Phunk”.
. They have about 3 web episodes where you can only watch on there myspace.
. Soul Glow, Phatty, and Crouton met Nadaddy at college.
. Brian Alien “ 20 Cent” left the group to join other groups like Everyday Sunday and the Trust.
. Nadaddy is the oldest of all of them and Chap Stique the youngest.
. Soul Glow likes to wear pink alligator shoes.
many more facts coming soon
Check out the famous words these peeps have said that left marks or that made you just crack up.
“Its not working!!” *evil laugh* - Crouton
“Your spraying Chap Stique. That’s why.” - Phatty
“I think I’m gonna draw a dragon.” - Chap Stique
“This is a very important time in our lives.” - Crouton
“Hey. Look over there.” - Xanadu
“Shake that Caddy Taffy.” - Nadaddy
“This isn’t what they showed me on TV.” - Crouton
“We’re at the wrong Cadillac Ranch. Its alright.” - Chap Stique
“What’s that Cadillac. You don’ t want me to draw a dragon on you. Oh, don’t worry. I won’t. Shh.” - Chap Stique
“One dragon coming up.” *draws on Cadillac” - Chap Stique
“I guess it’s dragon proof.” - Chap Stique
“We gotta make this Caddy bling blingang. If you know what I mean. Bling blingang.” - Phatty
“You see that. Look at that bling.” - Phatty
“I’m making a gold rim baby. With confetti on it.” - Phatty
“Dude, don’t spray me on my hair.” - Phatty
“You know, everybody’s at home sitting there wondering . “What’s so great about the Cadillac Ranch?” Why have a field with a bunch of Cadillacs in it.” - Chap Stique
“This is where we wrote Cadillac Punk about. I mean. Look. It’s funky around here.” - Phatty
“Yea. Its definitely funky.” - Chap Stique
“There’s nothing out here.” - Phatty
“What people also don’t realize is about the Cadillac Ranch are these Cadillac’s that the Pilgrims. Well, this actually belonged to Christopher Columbus drove and he discovered America.” - Chap Stique
“I cut this out here because this is like a boat Cadillac. So it’s like floating.” - Phatty
“It was actually used n the Titanic. This was part of the Titanic.” - Chap Stique
“You put your life vest in here. You see. Right here.” - Phatty
“We’re not sinking anymore.” - Chap Stique
“We’re not sinking.” - Phatty
“Cool thing about this is that you can kinda leave a mark on history. Like that one right there.” - Chap Stique
“That one was from the Byzantine Empire.” - Chap Stique
“Kinda like this guy. He’s getting really annoying so watch this.” *tackles Crouton* - Phatty
“This will look good on video too. *throws rocks at Phatty* - Crouton
“I didn’t mean too.” - Crouton
“Don’t throw rocks at me AGAIN!!”- Phatty
“Leave him alone on his birthday!!”- Chap Stique
“Man, why do they always do me like that. Just because I’m the drummer and no one cares.” - Crouton
“Something’s don’t change.” - Crouton
“What shall we do with the Cadiliacs.” - Nadaddy
“I know the aliens would come. I just knew it!” - Crouton
“This is the Cadillac that George Washington used when he was president.” - Chap Stique
“We are in Napanee. Look!” - Crouton
“I’m a little under the weather, but this makes me feel better.” - Crouton
“That’s all the people that are over there. It’s a very populated town.” - Nadaddy
“I told them a thousand times! Its suppose to be Family Force 5 than the Puppet Show.” - Chap Stique
“Who changed this? 5 Family Force.” - Nadaddy
“Awesome. Thank you guys.” - Phatty
“This is Crouton. Family Force 5. Human bowling.” - Crouton
“Nothing much man. Just putting some glue in my hair. Ya know. Trying to look kinda cool. My self-esteem is kinda low so.” - Chap Stique
“The cooler I look. The cooler I feel.” - Chap Stique.
“I didn’t ask for you to wait for me Nathan.” - Phatty
“I didn’t have a problem with the Nights Inn Josh.” - Nadaddy
“You had some kind of attitude that night. You said something about roaches.” - Phatty
“Yea. I said if there was roaches in the bed I was gonna sleep in the van. How is that so ridiculous?” - Nadaddy
“If there were roaches on your bed wouldn’t you sleep in the van , not on the bed.” - Nadaddy
“Probably not.” - Phatty
“Well, I’m .. Sleep with roaches than.’ - Nadaddy
“All I’m saying is give me a little bit more respect man. That’s all I’m saying.” - Phatty
“I haven’t given you enough respect today man. I apologize.” - Nadaddy
“Let’s slap fives. C’mon guys.” - Crouton
“Is everything cool?” - Soul Glow Activatur
“This is Soul Glow Activatur. You just witnessed a fight between Nadaddy and Phatty. They uh .. Were fighting over food. Over McDonalds and Wendy’s.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“I feel like you guys need to know what goes on with Family Force 5 from day to day. Uh .. Be friends guys.” - Soul Glow Activatur.
“We’re the non- fighters.” - Crouton
“So I’m wearing an Italian boot skate today.” - Crouton
“Chuckie T’s skate.” - Chap Stique
“Let’s do this!” - Crouton
“Ya’know. You get hungry. You get thirsty. Your ice skating around all sweaty. What are you gonna do? Well, they have pina colada flavor icy pops and uh … pink lemonade flavor ones. Those are really rare. You can only get them in Macrow, Ohio actually.” - Chap Stique
“And, I’m on a skate stage.” - Crouton
“Look at this cool move I made up.” - Crouton
“What you people at home might have seen was Crouton running into the camera, but the rest of us just saw were our careers flashing before our eyes.” - Chap Stique.
“I have a to play a show tonight. Thanks Crouton.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“How’s everyone feeling in here, now?” - Soul Glow Activatur
“Doing good.” - Nadaddy
“This is just a good example of when I get to hungry, I turn into the devil and I start ripping peoples heads off. Even people I love like Josh. So listen kids. When you get really hungry. Don’t turn into the devil. Eat.” - Nadaddy
“Snacks are good.” - Chap Stique
“I’m doing alright.” - Phatty
“ It’s a good example of being locked in a van for to long.” - Phatty
“I love you Josh! I love this guy!” - Nadaddy
“Don’t start making out or I’m gonna throw up.” - Chap Stique
“I’m gonna take out all my anger out on Nathan tonight.” - Phatty
“I’m fixing my symbol cause its always broken.” - Crouton
“Like I look at Saturday Morning Cartoons now … Man, this is just absolute poop .. On a stick at that.”
- Slow Glow Activatur
“ I do a little Djin’ and a little keytar slingin’ and a little hardcore tambourinin, too.” - Nadaddy
“Listen, My Little Pony doesn’t count” - Soul Glow Activatur
“ I guess I’d have to say Ghostbusters cause I dunno .. Those two lion things at the end.. They scared the crap out of me.” - Crouton
“Plastic is better for the environment” - Chap Stique
“Plus cardboard’s one of the coolest things ever made by paper” - Soul Glow Activatur
“Paper, rock, scissors” - Phatty
“Hey! I love fried chicken, I’m not gonna lie. Fried chicken is one of my favorite things in life. Yes, it can kill me if I keep eating it everyday like I do with all the salt intake… *pretends to slowly die” - Crouton
“ We know out bodies are temples, but man, this temple’s gotta have some friend chicken once in awhile!”
- Soul Glow Activatur
“No, it will lead you to your death if you eat it everyday.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“It’s like going to a fair and getting a turkey leg and saying “Oh, hold on a second I don’t need the skin on it!” They ain’t gonna cook you a special turkey leg at the fair! - Nadaddy
“Nadaddy speaking his mind about the fowl!” - Soul Glow Activatur
“We never gave up fried chicken. We gave up music for awhile.” - Phatty
“The Brothers hit puberty!” - Crouton
“Basically a ROBOT!!” - Crouton
“I’m one of the arms.” - Chap Stique
“We could add a tail I guess.” - Nadaddy
“It’ll be like Chap Dadaddy 5.” - Nadaddy
“ Hey! I’m gonna take a nap while he lists all of those names.” - Crouton
“Yeah, but you’re a MACK Daddy!” - Soul Glow Activatur
“Sometimes I throw it into the audience. It’s a give and take relationship, y’know?” - Chap Stique
“Yeah, we had to cue in another insurance policy because they had to write in another one for Chap Stique.”
“I’m hurting!” - Crouton
“He was dancing on the drum throne.” - Chap Stique
“Just to get a show, trying to show off to Toby Mac .. Again. No. .. “ - Soul Glow Activatur
“One time I got Nadaddy in the eye with one of my tuners” - Phatty
“And then lo and behold, it jinxed us!” - Phatty
“I am the pioneer of hardcore tambourinin’ if ya’ll didn’t know, you better recognize..” - Nadaddy
“ I think mine is still ‘Drama Queen’. I love that song. I LOVE IT! And .. That’s it.” - Crouton
“it’s the only that song we hate each other.” - Chap Stique
“Wait guys, wait. Don’t fight .. Ghostbusters” - Crouton
“ So we have really bad conditions? Are you growing in this prison?” - Soul Glow Activatur
“ We got great conditions” - Chap Stique
‘We’re Christian kids. I’m not afraid that I’m a Christian” - Soul Glow Activatur
“God is fun. There is going to be a party in heaven. There are going to be people in heaven that are going to be surprised that Jesus Christ can break dance with the best of them down here.” - Phatty
“We’re here to tear that box to shreds.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“Good music, is good music.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“Football. Actually it’s really cause I like Chapstick a lot. I just wanted to have a cool thing.”
- Chap Stique
“ On stage, we are likened to about 5 kids with A.D.D. who didn’t take their Ritalin.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“ We just sort of had a jambalaya songs and we put them in a big hat and picked out the ones that seemed the best.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“It’s a party record, the whole theme, of the album is to have fun. It’s music that makes you want to move and shake your junk in the trunk.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“ I did. It was a Mickey Mouse bat. I hit my brothers in the head with it a few times. That is a very true story too. I hit my brothers in the head with a Mickey Mouse baseball bat. It was great.”
- Soul Glow Activatur
“It hurt!” - Crouton
“That’s how it is with Family Force 5! We’re a bunch of troublemakers!” - Soul Glow Activatur
“We got shut down!” - Crouton
“.. I spilled my water.” - Chap Stique
“Wooo.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“ I say our music is uh 3 quarters bling bling, and um .. I don’t know. Its all about how much the trunk can rattle when the 8o8 drops down.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“You know what I’m sayin?” - Soul Glow Activatur
“They tell you what to do and than you go “No I don’t wanna do that. And there like “Yes, I want you to.” and your like “Okay.” - Soul Glow Avtivatur
“I mean. We’re gonna win all of them, y’know? I just know it.” - Crouton
“I was just wonderin’ when like she was gonna bite the girls ear off, ya’ know?” - Crouton
“It was really cool to see Britney Spears in that video.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“Hey. Was that before Britney got pregnant? “ - Soul Glow Activatur
“I love it.” - Phatty
“Its very emotional. I feel very moved. Its very emo.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“I was about to cry, actually.” - Soul Glow Activatur
“ Hey. Can I be in ya’lls band?” - Soul Glow Actvatur
“Hey guys. It was nice knowing ya.” - Soul Glow Activatur
Album review from CMCentral.com
If you've ever watched movies that are set in America during the 1920's, you're probably familiar with the concept of a "speakeasy," or a secret establishment that continued to sell alcohol despite the new legislation in place. On the surface, the speakeasies appeared to be legitimate law-abiding businesses, but behind closed doors the story was different. Of course, speakeasies from the twenties aren't the only example of this type of deception. Most anything that isn't socially acceptable can be found hidden behind "legitimate" fronts. On a more personal level, each of us are guilty of the same type of deception in our lives, hiding from our humanity and covering it up with what we think others will accept.
Hitting the scene with as much hype as can be imagined, new group Family Force Five have re-engineered the concept of a party album this year with their debut release, Business Up Front, Party In the Back releasing on both Gotee Records and Maverick Records. On the surface, the album offers loads of guitar riffs, lighthearted, free-wheeling lyrics and a non-stop dose of energetic rock best suited for speakers that can handle high decibel levels. Combining the stylistic approaches of rock, rap, 80s electronica, funk music and even cheerleading chants, the adrenaline rush on the album is certain to draw comparisons to the likes of Limp Bizkit or even TobyMac, though Family Force Five seems to have a bit more talent backing them.
Comparisons aside, the band clearly exudes an attitude of having fun and enjoying the moment with lyrics that talk about break dancing ("Numb"), partying ("Put Ur Hands Up", "Lose Urself"), dealing with unfaithfulness ("X-Girlfriend") and enjoying a good feeling ("Peachy"). However, looking deeper into the songs, one can easily discover some metaphors and a clear method to the madness that surrounds the record. Lead single, "Replace Me" speaks directly to a relationship with God and the need to be filled by His presence. Other tracks discuss topics like the importance and power of love ("Love Addict "), the dangers of gossiping ("Drama Queen"), and choosing the high ground by following God ("Supersonic").
Overall, Business Up Front, Party In the Back is a high-speed joyride through various styles of music all complementing a strong rock backbone. Their self-dubbed "crunk-rock" exhibition is certainly infectious enough to sustain listeners throughout the entire album and the latent messages throughout make it a surprisingly enjoyable listen from a lyrical standpoint. Family Force Five certainly has some guts to their music and they will likely be captivating audiences for a while to come
Album review from JesusFreakHideout.com
Album review from JesusFreakHideout.com
Family Force 5's Business Up Front, Party In The Back captures every bit of energy this quintet has radiated since their shows began dropping jaws of newfound fans last year. Few acts seen in recent years have matched the hype surrounding this band's live performance and few have had such energetic and fun shows since the likes of the O.C. Supertones, Reality Check, or dc Talk.
Powering stereos with a dozen tracks, Business Up Front, Party In The Back never quits from start to finish. Mixing fuzzy guitars, groove-laced rhythms, rap breakdowns, synth effects and often silly lyrics into nearly each song, Family Force 5 is a party band plain and simple. Much of the band's songs put fun first, as displayed in such tracks as "Cadillac Phunque," "Kountry Gentlemen," "X-Girlfriend," "Numb," and "Put Ur Hands Up," poking fun at pop culture and relationships wrapped up into club-friendly packages. Only tracks like the deliciously over-the-top "Love Addict" and the aggressive "Replace Me" really show hints of spiritual content. "Addict" talks about a hopeless addiction to spiritual love and truth while "Replace Me" is a blatant, desperate cry for God's intervention in our lives. "Peachy" tackles a discussion of faith between a believer and a non-Christian within the confines of a bubbly pop anthem. The spirituality of the record ends there, but what remains is one unashamedly lighthearted and fun assortment of songs.
Familiarity runs amuck on Business Up Front, Party In The Back, drawing comparisons to a tripped-out Rage Against The Machine on the raucous "Kountry Gentlemen," and even borrowing a little effect from Usher on the delightfully silly "Supersonic." This never feels too problematic, however, as the band keeps their sound varied per song and interesting throughout. And since Family Force 5 clearly doesn't take themselves too seriously, the silly never feels unbearably cheesy, urging the listener to let loose and join in on the fun.
When all is said and done, Business Up Front, Party In The Back is a ferociously catchy and infectious crunk rock release from the ATL's most promising new act. Although it may be all party with very little business, Family Force 5 is good clean fun that I can recommend to anyone who doesn't mind getting in touch with their inner 'kountry gentleman.'
Album Review For “Family Force 5 EP” from JesusFreakHideout.com
New Gotee Records signees Family Force 5 made waves in 2005 with their brand of krunk rock, blending rap, rock, and electronic elements for a pop trip recipe that makes for one stage-shaking live show. To quench the thirst of new fans eager for their Spring, 2006 major label debut, the band released a self-titled five-song EP in the Fall of 2005 from Maverick Records. This EP gives a good look at what some of the best this band has to offer.
The EP opens with the hit "Kountry Gentlemen," a fan favorite that has already garnered significant radio airplay. Offering a rap rock element ala Rage Against The Machine with the electronic elements you might hear from Earthsuit or a rebellious boy band, their energetic flavor is familiar yet altogether unique. The sheer energy and clever, humor-laced songwriting is Family Force 5's charm. But although the band is pretty open about its faith on and off the stage, listeners shouldn't expect to find much depth in their songs. Although undoubtedly fun, "X-Girlfriend" and "Drama Queen" focus solely on relationships from a tongue-in-cheek approach while the 80's seasoned "Lose Urself" is simply a dance anthem. "Love Addict" is probably the closest thing to spirituality one might find on this release - an infectious, fuzzy guitar-driven declaration of a welcomed dependence on truth and love. Knowing the beliefs of the band beforehand makes it obvious what the song is about, but the casual listener most likely wouldn't pick up on it.
The songs' glossy production might rob a slight edge that the songs display live but the end product is simply good, clean club-friendly fun. An acquired taste nonetheless, Family Force 5 look to be a force to be reckoned with among the new artists of 2006.
Album Review from HMMagazine.com
Force Family 5 could be mistaken for an experiment in time travel with rap metal as a template. Stay with me here...Instead of those elements of musical zeitgeist that coalesced into Limp Bizkit and P.O.D., FF5 deal in a parallel recombinate nostalgia: commercial hip-hop was of the electro variety to which breakdancers were doing their thing ubiquitously throughout the media, Cheap Trick hadn’t completely sold out their aesthetic souls to top 40 radio, and New Order were still relevant to club kids and less extroverted arty types for whom “new” rock hadn’t yet been relabeled “alternative.” Jogging my memory back to 1984-87, the closest thing my noggin can recall to Force Fam’s hybrid antics are The Meatmen’s and Dead Milkmen’s parodying of the aforementioned styles. Not too close, those. Regardless, as the culture bids g’bye to rap metal, dance-rockers like Franz Ferdinand and The Arctic Monkeys make sense to VH1 and The Strokes do their own sonic DNA splicing, Force Family 5 are the guys for such a time as this. If their wont is to subtly express their faith, their hooks are indelible. Derivative as the day is long, but brilliant in how they piece together those derivations. As fun, if not overly substantive, an album you and your kid sister are likely to enjoy in ‘06. [Gotee] Jamie Lee Rake
Album Review from Amazon.com
Arriving out of Atlanta like high school sophomores who stole mom's car to hit spring break in Daytona Beach, the 3 brothers and 2 others of Family Force 5 deliver their debut, Business Up Front/Party In The Back. Without a doubt the focus here is on the "party", as most of the record is devoted to getting down, chasing girls ("Drama Queen" sounds like it was written by a 14 year old who just got dumped), and driving around with the radio blasting. Not that there's anything wrong with these things, but the band comes off more like Limp Bizkit's smart-ass little brother than a bunch of kids on a tear.
No one would accuse FF5 of over-thinking their music and lyrics--when your album title is a.k.a. a mullet, intellectualism probably isn't your highest priority. Overall, the album seems genetically engineered to appeal to as wide an audience as possible, piled high with 80's synths, rap/rock riffs and shout-along refrains, and name-checking everything from break dancing to Speak & Spells. In the end, trying this hard causes the FF5 to wear out their welcome. It's only when the band drops the catchy chorus on "Kountry Gentleman" or "Love Addict", you may just find yourself speeding down the highway, bobbing your head a little despite your better judgement. --Ben Heege
Straight out of the Nu South, Family Force 5 is greazy, beat oriented, righteous Crunk Rock with blistering New Wave guitars and gritty-witty lyrics. Combining Outkast with Rage Against the Machine, Beastie Boys with the White Stripes, Family Force 5 won two awards-Best Band and Best Live Act-and was nominated for two others at the second annual Atlanta Music Guide Awards in September. Now FF5 redefines the Dirty South with its debut major label album, Business Up Front/Party in the Back.
The Daily Mississippi - Lori Simpson
Family Force 5: The name pretty much sums up everything you need to know about the hottest band out of Atlanta.
They are a family. Front man Solomon "Soul Glow Activator" Olds is the older brother to twins Jacob "Crouton" Olds and Joshua "Phatty" Olds, and the band also includes two friends, Nate "NaDaddy" Currin and Derek "Chap Stique" Mount.
They are a force. There's no better way to explain the pure energy which flows from the five (the last part of the name) band members, both on the CD ("Business Up Front, Party in the Back") and at live shows.
Tuesday night, Family Force 5 played at Rick's Caf.. in Starkville. Why drive to Starkville to see this band? Because they are worth it and because it's the closest place the band has come to Oxford since the abysmal turnout at Night Town in the spring.
Since high school, I have been to a number of concerts from a variety of bands from a variety of genres of music, but none have had the crazy energy or put on such an incredible live show as Family Force 5.
After sitting through the opening band's hour-plus set, it was refreshing to see the craziness of Family Force 5.
They dance, they jump around and they insist on audience participation. The band even has a guy with wild, curly hair named Xanadu who dances during the set.
The crowd ate up the band's energy, screaming with Soul Glow Activator as he asked them to help him scream, "Hold up/wait a minute/put a little love in it" on the single "Luv Addict."
Solomon encouraged those who knew how to break dance to form a sort of pit in the audience and dance during "Numb." At the end of the song, he broke down and started dancing himself.
The band played nearly every song off of their album, including the dancing-in-the-club themed "Earthquake" and "Replace Me." However, the great song "Peachy" was missing from the set.
Family Force 5 ended the night with an encore of "Supersonic," and although it was after midnight, they came out to their merchandise booth to talk to their fans.
With a hectic touring schedule (the band just returned from Europe) and a recent visit to the "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson" (where they destroyed the set with the host), it's only a matter of time before Family Force 5 becomes a household name for any rock music fan.
You can check out some of the band's music at their MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/familyforce5. We need to get Family Force 5 to get back to Oxford and show them we can throw down and get crunk just as good (if not better) as Starkville.
Interview with Kudos Issue 4
“It is a wonderful being on the road but it’s kinda hard to watch your girlish figure on a diet if McDonald’s”
Family Force 5 came together just outside Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 2004. Three brothers and two friends make up the band - who play a speaker blowing mix of riffs and samples, creating a sound that varies from rock, to funk all the way to glam influences. They have just released their first album, “Business Up Front/Party In The Back” was released in 2006. Kudos speaks with the beating heart of the band’s rhythm section and joint - lead vocalist; Crouton. The bands debut album has surfaced after their incendiary live shows, large myspace following and one extremely determined producer garnered interest from the label. Crouton recalls the night where things truly turned in the band’s favour “It was a cold Tuesday night in Atlanta, GA and we were playing at Ten High and nobody was there except for the promoter and bartender- maybe a sound person. James Barber, producer (Ryan Adams, Courtney Love) walked into the bar, saw our show and wouldn’t leave us alone from there. He ended up talking our music into Maverick which, along with our homemade video for “Kountry Gentleman” got their attention.” Their style of Kid Rock-come-Beasties-come-Outkast-come-RATM-esque southern rock/rap crossover and their garish, funky style has captured many hearts around the world. However, Atlanta is generally known for the production of some famous rap and crunk artists, rather than visually impressive rock outfits. What was the band’s hometown like to be and alternative band writing and performing music?
“… it had all kinds of make up and dancers along with confetti and robots. Who doesn’t like robots!?”
“Atlanta is a great place to be because there is a lot of variety but not that much rock-n-roll really because it is a hip-hop community. In our case, because we’re a little bit both, it was a perfect scene. And, the people like to party and dance and that’s what we do!” says Crouton. Family Force 5, whilst excellency writers of some of the year’s catchiest songs, are also revered for their live performances and when their touring in the south Family Force 5 must headline almost every gig because their fearsome reputation as a live act has spread throughout the region. They’ve blown away the likes of Alter Bridge, Velvet Revolver and the Cure as an opening band and any headliner with even a half- ounce of sense knows that’s it’s fatal, for anyone but the strongest of heart and spirit to follow Family Force 5.
“I’d have to describe the live show as five ADD kids who haven’t taken their Ritalin. That pretty much covers it - it is crazy and over the top.” reveals Crouton. However, as they say practice makes perfect and according to Crouton they have had plenty of opportunity of late. “We rarely have time off. All we do is live, think and breathe crunk rock. With our extensive touring schedule, I may not have time to do much else this summer!” explains Crouton before adding, “It is wonderful. I enjoy being on the road but it is kinda hard to watch your girlish figure on a diet of McDonald’s and Wendy’s. “ Their debut record (Kudos issue 3 “album of the Moment!”) is a smartly written, varied and sharply produced album with enough mass appeal to skyrocket the band to fame and deservedly so. “It was a wonderful experience. “says Crouton on the recording process. Before going on to tell us about a couple off the band’s video making experiences. “In particular, I don’t have a favorite. They were very different experiences. Kountry Gentleman was very fun because it was out -doors and it was made on the coldest day in the history of Atlanta. I think it was 15 degrees. Fortunately, since I was playing Scott Stapp, I got to wear a tank tip that day! On the other hand, Love Addict was very cool, to make because it had all kinds of make up and dancers along with confetti and robots. Who doesn’t like robots!” Quite! Considering the band consists of three blood brothers and two friends there must be a fair amount of family support and rivalry to be found in the ranks? “ We get along great except for when somebody steals my flat iron (hair straighteners for us Europeans) says Crouton, before elaborating with “Our families are very supportive which is a good thing. Usually friends don’t understand because in this business you have to be gone for your work. There is no time to hang out. We don’t have a whole lot of friends .. Except on myspace!” So what can the world except next from FF5, well according to Crouton plenty of live experiences. “Lots of touring - we’ll be playing a run of dates in the UK at the end of summer so keep an eye on our tour dates for the details.” Well Kudos will sure as hell be there so one can only recommend that you follow suit.
Awakening Magazine Interview / August/September 2006
Family Force 5 : By Nicholas Giao
Lets say you had a few different CD players going at once; they are all at a high volume setting. With one stereo, you are shaking the walls with Rage against the Machine. Through the other speakers, you are jamming to the Beastie Boys. With the third stereo, Punk rock makes an appearance. When the different styles mesh together like different colors of hot wax, the sound that you hear would be similar to a Family force 5 album. It is very hard to get them into one category because they have such a unique style.
“We are not your everyday average Emo or Screamo band. It’s hard to categorize us. We’re just so out there. We have a crazy rock, punk sound that we call it “Crunk punk’,” said Solomon Olds (aka “Soul Glow Activatur). Soul Glow plays guitar, songs in Family Force 5, and is one of three brothers in the group.
Jacob Olds (Crouton) and Joshua Olds (Phatty) are the other two brothers. Also in the band are Nathan Currin (Nadaddy) and Derek Mount ( Chap Stique). Family Force 5 is a high-octane group full of energy and passion, and they recently signed to Gotee and Maverick. They are a new hand with a new album out entitled Business up Front, Party in the back. I had an opportunity to speak with Soul Glow Activatur about Family Force5, music, and life.
FF6 formed 2 years ago, describe to me the journey so far.
Soul Glow Activatur: We started playing in these little bars around Atlanta, playing for nobody. We burnt our CD and gave it to everyone we could. Then the right people started coming around to see this live band that people said put on a good show. One thing led to another, and we got a record deal. Now where on the Warp Tour!
Any special experiences or memorable moments that stick out in you mind so far?
Yeah, actually we just played our CD release party in Atlanta , and we sold out the Coca Cola Roxy Theatre. It’s the first show we ever sold out! There were 1300 kids there! That was exciting.
What do you feel your responsibility is as musicians in a Christian band? And how would you describe your purpose?
Our purpose as a band that loves Jesus Christ with all their heart is to show kids how to have fun. There are alternatives to the other music that is being played right now. We want to show people that there are Christian guys that can have fun. Christians can party too! We are showing what the joy of the Lord is in our hearts and showing people how crazy we are about that. That’s our mission.
For someone who has never seen it before, describe what a FF5 show is like.
Well, it is like a couple of guys that are supposed to be on Ritalin, but didn’t take their medication and then they broke into a Red Bull truck and drank all the Red Bull. We come back with cuts and bruises all over ourselves! That’s what a live show with is like.
I know sometimes it can feel like: “Not tonight, I don’t feel like it. Not this song, not again. I just want to go home.” What gets you on stage every night even if you don’t feel like it?
Well.. We love it! Sure every artist gets tired of their songs now and then or tired of being on stage every night, but there is something about being on stage getting in front of people that really want to hear you. If there’s five people that want to hear us or 1000 people, we’re going to give the same show. We give it our all every time because you never know who’s going be in the audience . A life could be changed! We are changing lives and touching people with the art that God ha given us. We are trying to be reflectors of Jesus Christ both on the stage and off the stage.
What has your experience been thus far with Gotee?
It’s been great; they are really cool guys. We are going to kick it into high gear and really blow up this band, that’s what we were just told by Gotee. They are cool guys, Toby Mac is an amazing business man and amazing guy of integrity. He is just an all around awesome guy.
Interesting that you mentioned Toby Mac, my next question was going to be how has it been for you guys to work with him? What have you learned from him, and how was he brought you along?
I’ve talked to him about everything from music to my marriage. I actually produced a song for his last album (Diverse City) called “Whoopsi Daisy.” It just grew into something. After working with him for a while, he said. “Hey, I really like your band a lot. I would like for you guys to be on our label. I could definitely push you guys.” I talk to him at least every two weeks. He is a great business man, but one thing he also does is make sure that the bands on the label are all walking straight with the Lord. That’s a very important thing.
Describe to me the best part your job?
Being able to play in front of people is the best part for me. Recording a new album is great and interviews are fun, but there is nothing like getting in front of people that are singing your songs. I can’t describe it. It’s just one of the greatest feelings ever. And if course having people say, “Yeah, I’ll buy you CD,” is nice too! A few years ago, we were giving them away.
On the other hand, what is the most difficult part of your job?
Keeping a straight walk with the Lord. That’s a struggle that any Christian goes through. It’s tough, especially when you’re in the type of arena we’re in. We are in front of a secular crowd a lot, and we need to make sure we are walking right.
Ok, Business in the Front, Party in the Back, the new album. Tell me about it.
It’s a party album! That’s what it is. You put on our CD and you have fun. We hope that it makes people smile.
There are some critics that have said that your lyrics are not deep, and I’ve even heard the word “silly.” What is your reaction to that?
I think critics are afraid. I mean, honestly some of them are musicians that never made it. I never decided to not buy an album because of a critic. Yet in some way, I can understand what they’re saying. A lot of our music is just having fun, not too serious. But it’s the exact opposite from all the music out there that is just depressing. There is nothing wrong with dancing, singing, and crazy. But we do have some very spiritually deep songs as well. “Love Addict” is very spiritual song and will probably be the first single on mainstream radio. It’s about being addicted to God’s love.
Beyond music, what are some of your passions and your other band members’ passions?
Some of the guys are really into cars and paintballing. Personally, outside of playing music. I enjoy producing it. I have been doing someone work on Toby Mac’s record, John Reueben’s record and 4th Avenue Jones’ record. My producing career has been starting to pick up some heat, but playing music is my main passion.
As a band, where are you guys heading? What are your goals?
We want to get the word out that Family Force 5 is out there, and that we have a great live act and party album. We want people to know that Christians can have fun, and we also want to spread a positive message through our music and walk straight with the Lord. This music is for everybody, Christians and non-Christians. Here’s cool thing.. The guy who runs the Warp Tour knows us and know that we are Christians. He had our music playing in the background the other night when he had a party on the bus!
Family Force 5 has a sound that is unprecedented thus far with their mixture of style. Their main message according to Soul Glow and the guys is to live like to the fullest and take advantage of situations right now. “There are Christians out there that can have fun just as easily as people to the secular world. We play hard at every show , and play every note as though we’ve never played it before. That’s what Family Force 5 is all about,” said Soul Glow Activatur.
You can get Family Force 5’s new album Business Up Front, Party In The Back in stores now. And the band would love it if you stopped bywww.freewebs.com/familyforce5 and said hello.
CMCentral.com Devotional from Chap Stique
I found this today. Thought I shared this with you. Its a devotional that I found that Chap Stique did for CMCentral.com I hope you guys like it. Here it is. :)
The Rhythm of Life
Ecclesiastes is a rare and soiled jewel that often lies dormant and sandwiched between the devotion-friendly book of Proverbs and the spicy, love-infused discourse in Song of Solomon. The seemingly pessimistic laments of the venerable author originally sparked such controversy that its inclusion in canonized scripture was threatened. However, after a buffing and a careful examination, Ecclesiastes becomes a diamond that blings like Soul Glow Activator's skull ring on an August day. Considered as part of the Wisdom Literature, the book of Ecclesiastes expresses a refreshing outlook on reality that encourages moderation and knowledge in situations that seem pointless and banal.
Ecclesiastes, which was most likely written around 300 B.C., shatters the religious boundaries of its day by refusing to labor under a false sense of bliss. For instance, the author (known to the reader as Qoheleth, which is a term that means "wisdom teacher") defies the general theology of the day that the good will be blessed and the bad cursed when he says, "…there are righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked. On the other hand, there are evil men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous. I say that this too is futility" (8:14). Family Force 5 can identify with this injustice after continuously playing our hearts out for people around the world, yet never getting the opportunity to open for Carmen or Petra. Qoheleth uses beautiful imagery to express the drudges of monotony and the senselessness of action in verse 1:7, stating that, "All the rivers flow into the sea, yet the sea (like some of the clubs we play) is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again." This concept, aside from being used in a hit by the '80's hair metal/funk band Extreme, is very familiar to any human who struggles with triviality and inconsequentiality.
Despite the author's extraordinary despair regarding insignificance, he continuously alludes to the spiritual importance of admiring one's daily work, stating, "There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God" (2: 24). This notion is reiterated in 3:12, 5:18, and 6:15, emphasizing the value of enjoying and finding a rhythm in one's labor. The saturation of this concept in Ecclesiastes urges readers to discover their true dreams, loves, and capabilities Whether it is through farming, business, music, education, or any other field, finding one's true calling can be an incredible outlet for any individual, presenting the opportunity to experience God on a daily basis through diligent work and relationships. Family Force 5 also obeys the eating and drinking portion of this command by feasting on lots of fried chicken and drinking plenty of Red Bull.
Perhaps the most well-known excerpt from this book comes from the third chapter, claiming that there is a time for every event under heaven:
"A time to give birth and a time to die
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build up."
In many circumstances, this passage has been interpreted with a melancholy perspective comparing and contrasting birth with death; killing with healing; and tearing down with building up. With all due respect to the Byrds (who wrote an amazing song based upon this passage), this analysis often overlooks the intrinsic beauty of duality found in the excerpt. Qoheleth's observation is not a depressing one, but rather a brilliant understanding that death does not exist without birth, pain without healing, nor destruction without creation. Switchfoot recently explored this notion (perhaps not directly alluding to it) during a lyric that brilliantly proclaims, "The shadow proves the sunshine."
Finally, Ecclesiastes concludes with an assurance that God is the ultimate source of power and control. Qoheleth comes to realize that "righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God" (9.1). Although this realization is humbling, it is essential that we as humans learn not only to accept, but to embrace uncertainty. The author in Ecclesiastes is beginning to develop a mature, sagacious understanding of God, shedding the security-blanket paradigm to which we so often cling. Wisdom is to be valued, but we as mortals can never achieve or expect omniscience.
In summation, although many would equate Ecclesiastes to a depressed emo kid, it is more comparable to an insightful balladeer discovering himself. Through a refreshingly honest lamentation, Qoheleth learns several lessons, including moderation, daily labor, uncertainty, and most importantly, he discovers the fact that true joy is only found in God, and not in material possessions. Not even pink alligator shoes. - Chap Stique
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GMA 2006 Family Force 5 interview from RadioU.com
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Interview from Jesusfreakhideout.com
Interview took place April 4 2006
Jesus Freak Hideout (John Dibiase):
Phatty: Hello, this is Phatty with Family Force 5 and I play bass.
Soul Glow Activatur: This is Soul Glow Activatur and I dance around on stage and sing a little bit and play a little guitar.
Crouton: This is Crouton, I play drums and I also sing and sit behind a force field of drums! ZIM ZALA BIM! *laughter*
Nadaddy: This is Nadaddy. I do little Djin’ and a little keytar slingin’ and a little hardcore tambourinin’ too. And I get injuries on stage like the rest of us too. I mean, look at these bleeding bandaids right here. *displays two bandaged fingers*
JFH: As per Slow Glow’s request, I’ve come up with few questions I think you guys will like … Which 80’s trends do you feel need to come back?
Phatty: Oooo, I like.
Soul Glow Acticatur: Man, uh, I can tell you a couple that don’t need to come back. But I can tell you something from the 80’s that needs to come back. Man, the cartoons from the 80’s! Didn’t they just seem way better? I mean, seriously, but like the actual animation itself was way better, the audio, the story. Like I look at Saturday Morning Cartoons now … Man, this is just absolute poop … on a stick at that.
Nadaddy: Like Transformers and Voltron …
Soul Glow: Thundercats, M.A.S.K., Silverhawks.
JFH (Amy DiBiase): I actually have to interject. Because I have …
Soul Glow Activatur: Listen, My Little Pony doesn’t count. *laughter*
Amy: I have Tom & Jerry on DVD, which is amazing.
John: Well, that’s not really 80’s. We just watched it as kids.
Amy: It’s stuff that’s hard to find now.
Phatty: Yeah, but we’re not talking about Tom & Jerry. We’re talking about stuff like Rugrats and … y’know, stupid stuff like that.
Soul Glow Activatur: Did you say Rugrats?! *laughter* Look, all I’m saying is that animation started kinda sucking around ‘93 or ‘94.
Chap Stique: It went to little simpleton drawings, like South Park kinda stuff.
JFH: Alright, choose one .. Ghostbusters or Back To The Future?
Soul Glow Activatur: Ghostbusters. I mean, Slimer, dude! Staypuft!
Chap Stique: Be grudgingly selecting Back To The Future because hover boards, y’know what I mean?
Soul Glow Activatur: Naw, that’s II though!
John: You can do the trilogy.
Chap Stique: The only reason why I chose it is because there are three Back To The Future’s, so it’s three times the glory, whereas with Ghostbusters it’s only two times the glory.
Soul Glow Activatur: Ghostbuster’s II sucked. *laughter* Bobby Brown was in it though. *laughter*
Chap Stique: So it’s only one times the glory.
Crouton: I guess I’d say Ghostbusters cause I dunno … those two lion things at the end .. . They scared the crap out of me. Sigourney Weaver! Sigourney! … Weaver!! *laughter*
Soul Glow: And the chick in there man, she was hot too. Yeah, name your child that.
Nadaddy: I’d have to say definitely Back To The Future. The Doc making the little model and stuff, blowing up the mini car. 1.21 gigowatts and 88 miles per hour .. Y’know what I mean?? There’s a DeLorean! You wanna bring back an 80’s trend? Stainless steel cars! That’s an 80’s trend you can bring back.
Chap Stique: Flux capacitor, bring it back.
Crouton: The coolest thing Back To The Future was that it had the actor from Willard in it.
Chap Stique: The coolest part was the 80’s guitar solo that Michael J. fox does. *laughter*
JFH: MacGyver or Knight Rider?
Nadaddy: *laughs Ha-ho, man. We’re supposed to think about that? That’s easy man, MacGyv-. Nah, I’m just kidding.
Everyone (except Chap Stique): Knight Rider hands down!
JFH: Well what about you?
Chap Stique: Well, I was gonna go with MacGyver. I actually thought he was pretty cool. I saw that episode with Merlin in it and I really liked it.
John: I actually like MacGyver better.
Soul Glow Activatur: You are officially Brokeback Mountain. *laughter*
Nadaddy: Man, don’t y’all know that scene where you got Michael Knight and Kit and he’s facing that semi goliath, man? That’s incredible! Goin’ on record!
Soul Glow: Yeah Nadaddy, that’s right!
Crouton: This is Crouton, and if you have a talking car, it’s just awesome.
Soul Glow Acticvatur: MacGyver only talked to himself, “If I only had a rubber band and a paper clip then I could escape from this bomb!”
Crouton: And it had an awesome them song, man! *starts mimicking the tune*
Soul Glow : Yeah, everyone could sing the Knight Rider theme song, but what’s the MacGyver theme, huh?
John: I actually can sing it.
Soul Glow: Let’s hear it!
John: No way man!
Phatty: *starts singing a mock theme, “I deal with paper clips!”
Amy: *then insists on trying to sing the tune, as the band cheers her on.
John: *plays ringtone of the theme on his cell phone*
Soul Glow: Turn that polyphonic crap off! *laughter*
JFH: Paper or plastic?
Nadaddy: Alright, let’s go around the room! C’mon!
Soul Glow: Plastic all the way man.
Chap Stique: Plastic is better for the environment.
Nadaddy: I have to say paper cause paper makes cardboard and cardboard makes places dance… AND
Phatty: It also covers rock!
Nadaddy: back in 1988. I remember making a costume out of cardboard boxes that was a robot and on the front of my robot, was a huge box and there was another box attached to it where you had to stick the candy. Everybody was like “Where’s your bag of candy??” I was like, “Yo, right here!” *laughter*
Soul Glow: Plus cardboard’s one of the coolest things ever made by paper.
Crouton: And you can also make the cool drawings on it.
John: That’s true.
Phatty: Paper, rock, scissors, man.
JFH: Alright, this is Amy’s … Do you feel that a lifetime diet of fried chicken and collard greens provides a good balance to controlling cholesterol in a tasteful way?
Nadaddy: Too LOOOONG!
Crouton: That is a GIRL question! *laughter* Hey! I love fried chicken, I’m not gonna lie. Fried chicken is one of my favorite things in life. Yes, it can kill me if I keep eating it everyday like I do with all the salt intake…. *pretends to slowly die*
Soul Glow: We know our bodies are temples, but man, this temples’ gotta have some fried chicken every once in awhile! *laughter* No, it will lead to your death if you eat it everyday. Same thing with any kind of fast food, y’know? I mean, Family Force 5, we’re about friend chicken. And it’s apparent in out “Kountry Gentlemen” song.
Nadaddy: If you take the skin off, it’s a lot less fat, y’know what I mean? But who really wants to take off the skin when you’re eating friend chicken? I mean c’mon … if you grab a leg, you just BITE IT OFF! It’s like going to a fair and getting a turkey leg and saying “Oh hold on a second! I don’t need the skin on it!” They ain’t gonna cook you a special turkey leg at the fair! *pause followed by laughter*
Phatty: It’s extra crispy, baby! Gon’ get some chicken wiiings!
Soul Glow: Nadaddy: Speaking his mind about the fowl!
Nadaddy: This is Nadaddy on the record, baby! *high fives Crouton*
Soul Glow: Dude, you sounded like DJ Maj right there, man.
Nadaddy: I ain’t Dj Maj .. I’m Dj Nadaddy or Etch’A Scratch or whatever you wanna call me!
JFH: What have you guys done between The Brothers project and Family Force 5?
Soul Glow: *laughs* We did a few things.
Phatty: Worked at McDonald’s.
Soul Glow: Musically, we had this thing called Ground Noise. Ground Noise was a …
Soul Glow: *laughter* Ground Noise was kind of a ..
Phatty: Third Day.
Soul Glow: Yes. Kind of like Third Day, but not. Like a very, very bad version of Third Day. It was kind of southern rock and it was something that was kind of pushed on us and we just didn’t want to do it and we finally ended up doing Family Force 5.
Crouton: *whispers* No secrets!
Phatty: It wasn’t a secret.
Soul Glow: In between there, we went to school a couple years, met Nadaddy. Did the college thing.
Phatty: Nadaddy was in a band called Blue Collar Server.
Soul Glow: Yeah. Had a couple odd jobs that we did. Worked pushing carts for Ricky Martin, Celine Dion, Bette Milder and all these huge shows that would come to Atlanta.
Crouton: All the great ones .. Cher, *Nsync.
Soul Glow: Yeah, we pushed around carts for them, worked at a jewelry store, worked at a big church and ran sound there. Not kinda cool stuff. Lots of fried chicken was eaten in that period.
Phatty: We never gave up fried chicken. We gave up music for awhile.
Soul Glow: Yeah. Couple of relationships didn’t work out, wasted a lot of time. Lot of painful stuff between The Brothers and Family Force 5. The Brothers was like … *impersonates their singing.
Crouton: *impersonates vocal changes, followed by laughter* The Brothers hit puberty! *laughter*
Soul Glow: Then we hit puberty and then we were like “ Alright, let’s be rebellious and grow our hair long and talk back to mom and dad.” It was definitely a growing period. We had to find ourselves and find out who we where in music. And that’s what we did “ Peachy” is the very first we ever had that sounded like this different music that we do. This thing that we call crunk punk or crunk rock or whatever you want to describe it as. But that’s how we discovered it. We wrote that song “Peachy” and were like, “Man, this sounds different! We should do something like this all the time, instead of this bad version of Third Day music that we have.” It ended up being something that we all absolutely love cause we love anything that’s very beat-oriented and very rhythmic. And it just happened to be awesome.
JFH: And you guys started out as “ The Phamily?”
Soul Glow: We started out as Phamily with “P-H,” and [we found out there was] some produce company in Texas. And Prince had a band called The Family with and “F” and they said we’d run into problems if it was like. “Hey! Here’s ‘Love Addict’ from The Phamily!” and then Prince and his whole crew would come over and *laughs* I don’t know … pop a cap in us or something. *laughter*
JFH: What made you choose “Family Force 5” then?
Soul Glow: “Family Force 5” sounded like a big giant robot, basically. People are like, “Dude is there a big spiritual meaning behind it?”
Soul Glow: *laughs*
Crouton: Basically it’s a ROBOT!!
Soul Glow: *laughter* We’re a family, we’re a force to be reckoned with and it’s that it sounded like a big Voltron robot. We feel like .. Soul Glow Activatur, Chap Stique, Nadaddy, Crouton, Phatty, and all five of those connect.
Phatty: Jake, do the battle call.
Crouton: And out hype man, Xanadu. So when we get home, and we’re all dispersed, and we all have our own lives. The way he gets us back is he pulls out a bullhorn and goes *does a bullhorn imperssion* and we all come like the lions in Voltron and connect. The sword is our van and trailer.
Chap Stique: I’m one of the arms.
Soul Glow: That’s the Force call.
JFH: (Amy): Do you feel like the name limits you to not being able to ever add another member?
Nadaddy: We could add a tail I guess.
Phatty: Well look at our hype man, that puts us at six people.
Amy: I know, but he’s one of you guys, but he’s not…
Phatty: I see what you’re saying.
Chap Stique: We could get someone to put the light up, sorta like the Bat signal.
John: You gotta put him in the pictures.
Amy: Yeah! He’s not in the pictures!
Soul Glow: You’re right. I think it does limit us. Five is a good number.
Phatty: we’re happy with it.
Soul Glow: I’d be uncomfortable with six. It’s an evil number. Seven would be a great number.
Crouton: Seven’s the perfect number but its too many people on the stage.
Nadaddy: Too many people!!
Soul Glow: Four’s not enough, I mean three, it’s just us. We already had that band,
JFH: Who are your musical influences?
Soul Glow: Pretty much anything that has a beat to it we love. But that is a lot of music ..
Crouton: Hey! I’m gonna take a nap while he lists all of those names.
Soul Glow: Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Gary Newman, ..
Soul Glow: Prince, big time Prince, Duran Duran, Talking Heads big time .. Man we just pull from a lot of influences and it just all fits together. *The other guys jokingly raddle off artist names*
JFH: Where’d you get your stage names?
Soul Glow: Soul Glow Activatur came from ..
Phatty: TobyMac gave them to us.
Soul Glow: No. *laughter* It actually all started out as a tongue-in-cheek kinda thing that we did on stage and we were like, “This is hilarious.” But our fans started calling us that and we were like “No , man, ‘this’ is who I am!” .. I can’t give away my real identity right now on tape.
Soul Glow: *glares at John and the guys collectively go “Ooo!” * This interview is OVER! *laughter* But y’know, people started calling us that. Slow Glow Activatur came from a movie called Coming To America and there’s a hair product people used called “Soul Glow” ..
Phatty: Well people know his name now so he’s fumbling; up.
Soul Glow: Basically Soul Glow, you put it on your hair and it jheri curls, but it got to activate. So I got a lotta soul, it glows, and I’m the only one that can activate it! That’s my name.
Phatty: My name is Phatty and I was a portly child growing up so my brothers tagged ne with the name “Phatty” and it stuck.
John: That’s not nice.
Phatty: It’s not nice. It scarred me! I still have bad dreams.
Crouton: He used to put knives through my drum heads!
Nadaddy: I’ll reveal my real idenitiy .. My name is Nate or Nathan. Y’know, a good Biblical name. So there’s the “Na” part. “N-A,” y,know? Last party is “daddy” and I’m not a daddy or anything, so that don’t really go real well.
Slow Glow: Yeah, but you’re Mack daddy!
Nadaddy: I’m a MACK DADDY, WHAT! No, it’s Nadaddy, just so all y’all know.
Crouton: Basically my name came from.. Well, I’m not gonna lie. I was eating a gangster salad one day and I looked down and I saw a gangster crouton and I said, “Man, that’s gangsta! I’m go’n name myself Crouton!” So I made myself “Crouton” ,, and a hint of garlic. *laughter*
Chap Stique: Y’know I was the newest guy in the band and when I first got in, they said “You gotta have a name” and so we went through names and first we got was Teen Wolf to go with the 80’s theme. I thought the coolest thing was that the record label actually had a meeting about it.
Slow Glow: They did. Maverick called up.
Chap Stique: About whether or not this is was the best marketing strategy or not.
Phatty: No, they just thought that we could come up with something “better”.
Chap Stique: So we changed it to “Laser Show.” Laser Show was pretty cool, but then it just became apparent that I needed to be Chap Stique. It’s always with me, it’s always on my lips.
Soul Glow: Fans throw it at him now.
Chap Stique: Fans throw it at me -- in a cool way.
Phatty: They come out and they throw lard at me.
John: You’ll never have to buy it again.
Chap Stique: Exactly. I haven’t bought it since I changed my name.
Soul Glow: You’re glad you didn’t name it like Tater Salad or something so they’d throw potatoes at us.
Crouton: People have been throwing croutons at me!
Phatty: That’s be GREAT if they’d throw Soul Glow Activatur at you.
Amy: *removes several sticks of Chap Sticks from her purse and everyone teases her that Chap Stique is her favorite of FF5*
Chap Stique: Sometimes I throw it into the audience. It’s a give and take relationship, y’know?
Phatty: Yeah, we had to cue in another insurance policy because they had to write in another one for Chap Stick.
Soul Glow: Speaking of insurance policies, the Gotee Showcase that you guys came out to last night -- it got sold out, thank you very my Jesus! -- we all happened to get hurt .. And they were good injuries. Pretty significant ones. If you could see right now, Nathan’s cut up his hand pretty good .. I mean “Nadaddy!” Crouton fell off his drums and busted up a knee really hardcore.
Crouton: *groans* I’m hurting!
Chap Stique: He was dancing on the drum throne.
Soul Glow: Chap Stique took a good spill trying to pull off a David Lee Roth move, so he hurt himself a little bit. Phatty cut himself. And Phatty hurt me incredibly much. I was bent over screaming onto the mic and he swung his bass around and the big meaty part hit me on the top of the head .. As heard as he could, I know he was doing it on purpose! Just to get a show, trying to show off Toby .. Again. No..
JFH: That was actually one of my questions. Because at the New York show it was such a small stage and I’m like, “Omigosh, I hope Phatty doesn’t clock you in the head!” cause you guys were so close! Has it ever been worse than the injuries last night?
Phatty: One time I caught Nadaddy in the eye with one of my tuners. Almost ripped his eye out.
Slow Glow: Almost ripped his eye out of his socket!
Nadaddy: I got a big cut and a black eye and everything . Rock n’ roll, baby!
Phatty: And Chap Stique caught me with the top of his guitar and it went from like my Adam’s apple up to my chin.
Soul Glow: Dude, whatever! Remember the time.. We do this song called “Numb” where we do a lot of break dancing or “attempt” to break dance and we brought out this HUGE boom box at Creation ‘05, put the boom box on stage and it fell over and some of the parts came out. Well some of those party are very sharp. So he (Phatty) went to do the centipede, and his hand landed on one. When got up, it was bleeding like crazy and there’s fat and guts hanging out of his hand .. It was really cool. He had to get stiches.
JFH: Who is “X-Girlfriend and “Drama Queen” about?”
Soul Glow: The guys begin joking shouting out the names of girls they knew. “X-Girlfriend” is about .. We actually made that song before a lot of relationship stuff started going downhill for us. So it was weird, cause we wrote it about our friends going through that stuff…
Phatty: And then lo and behold, it jinxed us!
Soul Glow: and then it kinda happened to us .. “Drama Queen” is a totally different thing. That is about some of the past jobs we’ve had to work. It’s actually about a guy and we had to change it to a girl, because it just ..
John: Drama King.
Soul Glow: Yeah, Drama King wouldn’t work.
Amy: Unless you actually called the guy “queen.” *a unanimous “Ohhh!!” breaks out*
Soul Glow: Y’know that’s a total ‘nother territory that you guys can handle on Jesus freak Hideout.
John: Yeah, I’m not sure that’s a good idea.
Soul Glow: But yeah, “Drama Queen” is about one of our bosses we had to work with and it was about him being two-faced, and we just didn’t dig that. So we wrote a song about it.
JFH: What is your favorite song to do live?
Nadaddy: Well, it’s a hard to pick, y’know what I mean? I’d have to say .. I’m doing the keys thing. I think I like “Lose Urself” cause it’s real new wavey and I’m totally into the new wave sound thing. If I’m doing the tambourinin’ if y’all didn’t know, you better recognize .. And that would be “Earthquake.”
Crouton: I think mine is still “Drama Queen.” I love that song. I LOVE IT!! And .. That’s it.
Chap Stique: I think my fave is “Earthquake.” I mean, you just give absolutely every bit of energy you have because it’s almost always the last song and you know that if you doe on that song, it’ll be okay cause you won’t have the rest pf the set to play dead. It’s normally the one where you get hurt the most, and where Nadaddy and I would normally fight during the song.
John: That wasn’t serious fighting was it?
Soul Glow: Yes it was.
Chap Stique: It’s only on the song we hate each other.
Crouton: *puts his hands on their shoulders* Wait guys, wait. Don’t fight .. Ghostbusters.
Soul Glow: My favorite song right now to play is “Love Addict.” I like just everything about it. It’s just fun to play. And it’s got a little metal edge to it. I get to scream a bunch and dance around like an idiot and not play guitar which is a good thing to do.
Phatty: I probably have to say “Love Addict” and “Earthquake” would be my favorites right now. But, y’know, I like to play’em all.
JFH: Why did “Color of Water” get the ace off the record? Why not just have a thirteenth track?
Crouton: Cause “Replace Me” replaced it.
Soul Glow: That’s really it. Both labels didn’t want thirteen songs, they wanted twelve songs, and we thought “Replace Me” was better than “Color of Water.”
JFH: How about your thoughts on Christian/non Christian venues? Because we’ve seen you at the bar in New York which was very different than say, a more Christian venue like the Gotee Showcase last night.
Soul Glow: The Family Force 5 believes that we love all people and it doesn’t matter what venue it’s in, if it’s in a club, or in a church. We love these people no matter what. We give them the same show, same message, same interaction, same way we’re gonna hang out, no matter who they are - if they don’t love Jesus, if they do love Jesus. Because that’s the only way that we can reach everyone. And that’s the way we’re planting seeds people who don’t know Jesus. So that’s kind of where our hearts lie in venues. It’s not a big deal, I love it when a crowd’s going crazy. Doesn’t matter if it’s a club or if it’s a Christian event. The thing is we’re still worshipping God no matter what. So it doesn’t matter what house we’re in. that house is the Lord’s house.
JFH: Have you had any cool after -show witnessing experiences?
Soul Glow: Yes, we’ve actually lead a couple people to the Lord. We talked to this club owner in Ohio, an he’s like , “Man, I don’t go to church at all and you guys didn’t really seem that ‘Christian.’ but I know you are. Cause I can tell just by the way you guys are walking and stuff.” And he said. “Is that right? I’ve never done any background checks on you so I don’t know anything about your band but for some reason, that’s what it seems like,. Is that true?” And I’m like “Yeah, we love Jesus. That’s what we believe in.” He’s like, “If more Christians were like you guys, that’s something I’d really get into.” And I said, “Man, you don’t worry cause there’ a whole movement of our kind of people that are more loving and more accepting of you immediately. You don’t have to go to church, but if you want to learn more about this kind of stuff, hit us up with an email or give me a call on my cell phone.” So there’s those kinds of conversations that we’re able to carry on with people that don’t know Christ. We get those witnessing opportunities all the time at clubs. But, y’know, at the churches too. The thing is you can’t let your guard down no matter what. Its like “Oh, I’m not gonna work as hard cause I’m in a church and all these people are saved.” It’s not true. There are people there who are not saved.
Phatty: The approach, though, is a little different. It’s about building a one on one relationship with the person and just kind of meeting them where they’re at and just having the interaction of being able to talk to the person and be accessible to that person. Not being, “OK, just get off the stage, I gotta go over here … “ You gotta spend time with them and then they’ll hit you up on MySpace or something and we’re able to talk to them there. And we get a lot of questions through our personal sites on MySpace and get a lot of time to talk to different people that way as well.
JFH: We’ll end with one last serious question. What has God been teaching you all lately?
Soul Glow: I would say, in my life, God has been teaching me patience. We have to wait on certain things. Waiting on what He wants us to do. There are so many times when you’re like, “God, could you just hurry up! Make ‘this’ happen or make ‘this ‘ happen”. But, man, anytime I’ve ever done that, looking back on all of the cool things that have ever happened, it’s all about Hs timing. Cause it really is. It boils down to He knows what’s best for you, And although my selfish desires are like “ I gotta be here at this time! God, if this doesn’t happen, we’re not gonna be success!” Y’know.. I have to have to have a million - dollar Lamborghini as my car now, and if You don’t bring it .. “ That’s not what it’s about. It’s really waiting on Him and that’s what’s cool, man. I know He’s got stuff in store for Family Force 5, and that’s how He’s personally been speaking to me.. I don’t know about the rest of these guys cause they’re heathens. “Gets up and walks away* I’ll see ya. *laughter*
Phatty: I’d probably say the same thing as him, but then also just living everyday as your last day. Cause you don’t know what tomorrow’s gonna bring. So make today count! *Jokingly runs to the window and pretends to jump out .. Followed by laughter*
John: You don’t want to do that cause that’s gonna be on their bill for the room…
Slow Glow: Yeah, it would really mess with Gotee’s insurance I guess that would.
Chap Stique: For me personally, I just finished reading a book Diertrich Bonhoeffer, “Letter and Papers from Prison.” it’s a really cool book, he’s a preacher in Germany who was taken into a prison during Nazi Germany because of being suspected for being part of a plan to assassinate Hitler. And it’s just a whole bunch of letter he writes between his family and one of his best friends and his fiance, while he’s in prison and it’s incredible to see this guy’s persistence and to see his optimism. Because he was completely falsely accused of a lot things and was living at a time when religion was the probably the most questioned thing, but it was on everybody’s mind, y’know? Even moreso than it is today, I think. It was cool, because he kept talking about how he was growing more in prison than he ever grew as a minister. And don’t get me wrong, there are things like church in our Christian surroundings, that ate incredible, but he was finding things on hi sown and finding things through life itself. It was just really cool book about persistence and optimism through the absolute worst conditions you can imagine.
Soul Glow: *laughs* So we have really bad conditions? Are you growing in this prison? *laughter*
Chap Stique: We got great conditions.
Crouton: Wow .. Let’s see ..
Phatty: *Jokingly pretends to jump through the window again.* * followed by an outburst of laughter*
Chap Stique: It’s the joke that keeps on giving.
Crouton: This is Crouton and God always teaches me laughter. He teaches me to have a good time. He’s teaching me perseverance right now and to be patient. But, laughter.
Nadaddy: For me, God’s really teaching me how to appreciate the little things. I mean, you’re on the road and you got clothes stackin’ up that are soakin’ wet and stank from last night’s show, y’know. And they just kinda permeate the rest of your suite case. And you go to you hotel room and there’s roaches in the bed. Stuff like that, y’know? More seriously, when you’re home, you really get to appreciate just really small things like being able to go and hangout at a bonfire, or chat with friends that you’ve had fifteen years or something like that. He’s really teaching me to really appreciate each moment and stop being so preoccupied with what’s going on the in the future or what’s coming next. It’s kind of a ‘stop and smell the roses’ kind of thing on a more detailed level.
Crouton: *starts singing “Kumbaya” and the guys join in.*
Phatty: *prompting Phatty to dive toward the window.*
Interview from Melodic.net
FF5 stands for Family Force 5 but it could also mean Freakin´ Funkmasters 5 or Fabulous Full-scale 5 and I could go on all night with my own stoopid translations but Family Force 5 is the band you should own a record with to make your life so much happier.
I would like to ask about your logo,I think it reminds a bit of the 70´s funk band Parliament´s logo,where did you get the inspiration of how it would look like?
Soul Glow Activatur: We asked a designer from Pen and Pixels to design a logo that looked "bling bling" yet kind of "metal" looking at the same time. He came up with the logo that we have now and it perfectly describes our sound.
For many years,the funk genre was completely dead but now it seems like it´s having a revival with you and Men Women and Children on Warner to mention 2,why do you think the major labels wanna work with this type of music in 2006?
Soul Glow Activatur: Saying that funk is dead is almost saying that punk is dead. I think it has always been around-it just has taken on other forms and shapes like hip hop has
some of the funkiest music around and you have artists like Kanye West and Family Force 5 reviving that sound with samples from old R & B and rap records from the 70s and 80s. Also, I think there is going to be a huge movement back
to dance-y type music. this time around it will be infused with rock.
Are you fans yourselves of late 80´s funkrock band Dan Reed Network and classic funkrock masters Mothers Finest?
Soul Glow Activatur: Weve never heard of DRN but we have heard Mothers Finest and like a few of their songs. When it comes to funk for Family Force 5, you never can go wrong
with Prince, Rick James, and James Brown. We also are big fans of Earth ,Wind and Fire, The Brothers johnson, Gil Scott-Heron, and Barry White. The "Minneapolis funk" sound and "electro funk" is what we are gravitated to along with Nu wave stuff like Depeche Mode,, Devo, and Kraftwerk.
Have you heard the Swedish funkrock band Electric Boys which did a couple of real nice albums back in the early 90´s?,if not I can recommend "Funk-o-metal carpet ride" from 1990.
Soul Glow Activatur: Nope. They sound awesome though! Swedes playing funk sounds neato. Average White Band is a monster funk band and they are from Ireland or something.
Your album truly sounds like a 100% studio effort with lots of sounds coming from everywhere,I think it´s perfect for the headphones but my question is - isn´t it hard to re-create the sound from the record live on stage?
Soul Glow Activatur: We had fun creating the album with old skool drum machines and dirty sounding analog gear. It is not hard to pull of live cause we play along with our DJ,
Nadaddy. He has all the beats going and Crouton locks up to them on the drums.
Nadaddy also plays all of the synth parts but I (soul glow activatur) did all the synth and beats on the record.
You wrote most of the material yourselves except for 2 songs that was co-written by Butch Walker,how come you got involved in working with him on the record?
Soul Glow Activatur: Butch came and saw us at a club called Smithes Old Bar in Atlanta about 2 years ago. When I came off stage to go to the bathroom he walked in and he introduced himself while we were both taking a pee. Kinda awkward but he said we reminded
him of his old band "Marvelous 3". That was a huge compliment and we began the relationship of making music about a year later. His producing career has blown up big...we are fans of his music so it was great working with him. It would be hard to point out just by looking at him but he is one funky white dude!!! Very versatile guy.
What albums can´t you be without in your iPod?
Soul Glow Activatur: Beastie Boys- License to Ill and Pauls Boutique
Daft Punk- Discovery
Rage Against the Machine- Battle of Los Angeles
Chaka Kahn and Rufus- Greatest Hits
Prince- The hits 1 & 2
Steely Dan- anything and everything
Foo Fighters- The Colour and the shape
I had the opportunity of hearing a track that didn´t make it to the final version of the record,it´s called "Color of water" and I like it a lot - some of the harmonies do in fact remind a bit of Rick Springfield´s "Rock of life", why was it lifted off the album?
Soul Glow Activatur: We had another song called "Replace Me" take its place. We felt that song was better suited for our debut album, "business up front/ party in the back". We still do "color of water" live though. Its kind of like "the Cars" sound.
You combine funk,electronic modern rock and powerpop and the result is awesome and groovy "party til you crash" rock!
I don´t think it´s hard to understand why you got signed,but how come the album is being released by both Gotee and Maverick?
Soul Glow Activatur: Both labels are boutique labels that we felt could push our record in the right places.
Aren´t you afraid to being hip today and gone tomorrow like Extreme sang on the album "Waiting for the punchline" from 1995?
Soul Glow Activatur: We dont try to be hip or cool to what the culture is today because all that fades into the next scene. If it is cool to the kids then let em think that way
cause it is really their music now. We are constantly re-inventing and the next record will be some of the same but definitely another work of art. Gary Cherone is a great singer-too bad it didnt work out with Van Halen or Van Hagar now.
Any hidden meaning behind the album title "Business up front,party in the back"?
Soul Glow Activatur: I heard a hairdresser say that this client came in wanting a "mullet" haircut and the lady described the haircut looking like "business up front/party in the back". We thought that was hilarious and wrote a song called "kountry gentleman"
that has those lyrics in it. We felt it best described our sound also because we are very serious about this music but at the same time its all about the party!!!
Do you have any saying in what singles that will be released from the album?
Soul Glow Activatur: We do!!! "Love Addict" will be our first single coming out soon on the radio!
Thanks for taking the time answering my questions,any famous last words before you go?
Soul Glow Activatur: Keep it crunk and visit us on www.myspace.com/familyforce5
Interview from CMCentral.com by Brenton Gilbert
Interview from CMCentral.com by Brenton Gilbert
You would have to have been trying really hard to avoid hearing about the band Family Force 5. Releasing on Gotee Records and Maverick Records, the group's debut release, Business Up Front, Party in the Back introduces the genre of "crunk rock" with a high energy dose of rock, funk, a little hip hop and a whole lot more.
CMCentral.com managed to catch up to the group back in February as they were in the middle of touring with Gotee labelmates Fighting Instinct. We talked about crunk rock, partying, and "those crazy break dancing moves." Below is that conversation.
CMCentral.com (brenten gilbert): My first question is what question are you guys the most sick of being asked?
Phatty: How did you get started with music?
Soul Glow Activator: Yeah, that one is so vague. Make it more interesting, like what musical band struck you at a young age and made you say, "I don't want to be a baseball player, I want to be a rock star." You know what I'm saying? That kind of question. Those are the questions that we want.
Ok, I'll scratch that one off my list then.
You all have some interesting stage names I thought that it might be nice to start with explaining some of the names to the readers
Well we get all of stage names from living in Atlanta, GA. You gotta have a "gangsta name" when you live in Atlanta. I chose "Soul Glow Activator" as my name because there is a lot of soul that glows from me and I'm the one that activates it. Also, I got it kinda from the movie Coming to America.
Crouton: This is Crouton and I got my name because, being the "gangsta" that I am, I was eating a "gangsta" salad and I looked down at a "gangsta" crouton and I thought, "Man, that is so gangsta."
Na Daddy: What up this is Na Daddy. Well, my name is Nate, so that's where the "Na" comes from. As far as the "Daddy", I'm kind of a "mac-daddy" so hence "Na-Daddy"
That sounds about right.
Chap Stique: Hey this is Chap Stique. "Chap" is because I'm British and the "Stique" is because I like to hit in baseball.
Football. Actually it's really cause I like Chapstick a lot. I just wanted to have a cool thing.
He gets pelted at live shows. When we introduce him as Chap Stique people throw Chapstick at him. It's great. And then we write it off on our taxes.
And you never run out.
Yep here's Phatty.
Yo! Yo! This is Phatty. My name is actually the only real name out of the ATL Boys here. I was a butterball growing up so my brothers, Soul Glow Activator and Crouton, called me "fatty"and it stuck
In a loving way, I bet.
Yeah in a very loving way. I was scarred, I'm still scarred but I'm not fat anymore so it's okay.
Also, when we play live - every time we play live - we have a hype man on stage and his name is Xanadu. Xanadu got his name because he has an orange fro and it looks so crazy that Xanadu seemed to be the only name that would be bigger than his fro.
Sounds good. It seems like you guys have pulled from all kinds of pop culture images, retro 80s stuff, and random icons to create a wild and wacky image for the band. A lot of people are calling things like the misspellings of song titles and the bling-bling logo gimmicks. Under all these layers and "gimmicks," what is really at the heart of Family Force Five?
Well I think all the of the bling-bling logos and the misspellings of things are a part of the Family Force Five culture. To us, it's not a gimmick, it's actually how we live. This is how we talk every. It's a culture about being raised in the south and having a bling-bling logo. And a lot of it is pretty tongue and cheek stuff, too. We are trying to let people know that we are very serious about our music, but we also have a huge message in our music. Our music is created to have fun and our message is to have fun because there is a party going on. So whatever the imagery is - however we can misspell something to grab people's attention - that is what we are going to do because that is how we live our lives anyway. We are pretty loud guys and we love all those things that you said from the bottom of our hearts. If it is gimmick then it's working.
You are certainly getting a lot of attention, that is for sure.
So what is your goal when you get on stage or step into the studio to work on some songs? I know you mentioned it's for fun but. . .
When we step on stage there is only one rule to have and that is not to hurt each other. On stage, we are likened to about 5 kids with A.D.D. who didn't take their Ritalin that day and our live show reflects that. All of us in the band usually come home with a cut or a bruise by the end of the night. And if we don't come home with a cut or a bruise, we feel like we didn't do our job because we are usually banging into each other, headstocks and basses flying into people's faces. We never hurt the crowd but we hurt each other a lot for some reason. The live show is so intense and high energy.
Now, when we are in the studio it's a different kind of energy. We try to capture what we do live on tape. We ask ourselves, "If the world were to end and somebody were to find a piece of tape that was only two seconds long, how would you play that note?" You'd have to play it on eleven. You'd have to play it over the top because that is what this culture and this band is all about. It's about being over-the-top, being extra loud, being extra crunk. That's a huge motto for us.
Sounds good man. I totally agree, you have to make every second count and I think that energy really does come through on some of the songs and I'm sure that your shows are . . . Actually, I saw that little video blog that you put up this morning I think on your myspace. You can see the energy right there.
Yeah man, we've got a few more episodes coming. It's great.
So the new album has kind of a staggered release date, releasing on iTunes first, then on Gotee, then finally on Maverick. Does that present any challenge as far as having to tour longer or promote it longer by not having one set date?
I know for a fact that both labels are very behind this band and very excited about it. They are doing everything in their power to push this as far as they can because we are busting tail out here out on the road. I don't think we are even going to breathe until Christmas as far as touring is concerned. They are filling up our days from here all the way until the summer and then we'll get on the fall tours and stuff. We love playing live, so it'll be great. This is a very, very live band and we'll try to capture that energy on tape. So, if you listen to it a few times, experience it on myspace, and experience it on our website you'll get the whole culture and you'll get the whole vibe of the family business.
It seems like you've managed to coin the phrase 'crunk rock' to describe the album can you elaborate a little bit on all the pieces that make up 'crunk rock'?
Crunk rock is pretty much about the party. It ties in a lot to all the stuff you mentioned earlier, the retro craziness, the bling-bling, the crazy live show, the interaction with fans, and being accessible. It's all about having a party, having a good time, letting fans being part of the family, going nuts and establishing a culture of crunk rock that allows everyone to have their own part in it and bust out those crazy brake dancing moves like we do.
You guys have a lot of material. How did you narrow it down to fit it all on one CD?
We just sort of had a jambalaya songs and we put them in a big hat and picked out the ones that seemed the best.
I'm just kidding dude. We tried out each song live to see if it worked. If it worked out live, then we said, "Let's put it on the record. If the kids don't like this song, let's not put it on the record." And that's how we chose the songs. It's a great test.
It took us about 5 years to write this album because we were going through testing. No, I'm just kidding.
So what would you say is the glue that holds all the songs together? Is there an overriding theme or. . . ?
Well it kinda goes back to the crunk rock thing. The theme of this album is basically in the title, it's Business Up Front, Party in the Back. What that entails is that we are very serious about this music, but at the end of the day, when you put on this record, it's time to jam. You know what I'm saying? It's a party record, the whole theme of the album is to have fun. It's music that makes you want to move and shake your junk in the trunk.
Just to go crazy
So there's a video for "Kountry Gentleman" floating around the web. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun with that.
We did. That's what got us signed to Maverick. We shot that video on our own with a very low budget.
"It's about being over-the-top, being extra loud, being extra crunk. That's a huge motto for us."
Did you guys pitch that for Dukes of Hazzard or are you just big fans?
Nah, we are just big fans. We did it about 2 years ago, before the Dukes of Hazzard thing. It just happened that Dukes of Hazzard came out after it.
It's too bad that it didn't work out. That would have been a great . . .
That would have been great, but we have other plans for a brand new video for the song, a high budget video.
Do you want to talk about the new single, Replace Me?
Yeah. "Replace Me" is a song we as a band wrote together. It's a song, a cry out to God, asking him to replace us with His love and break us down. That is what it is about.
How did you choose that one to be the single?
We chose that one because it seemed to be the most compatible. It's the very last song that we recorded on the record and Gotee listened to it and loved it. They said that they wanted to use this because this it would be a strong song for us.
It seems to be doing pretty well in charts, as far as I can tell
Yeah. We are trying to get a video for that. We are a very video-driven band. We just shot a video for a song called "Love Addict" and it's a very, very crazy video. It involves a giant heart. There is a person dressed up as a giant heart. That's all you can see, just heart and legs that is it. It's pretty cool in my book.
You should have had that out for Valentine's Day.
Cool man, we should have called you up to be in the video. We'll call you up for the unicorn outfit, is that cool?
Sure. I look good in a unicorn outfit.
What about Gremlins?
we'll see about that. Now I've got some fun questions. What music, cds and artists do you listen to for inspiration, besides Creed obviously.
You're right! Scott Stapp's solo record…
That line in "Kountry Gentleman" cracks me up by the way. . .
As a band, we are really into LCD Soundsystem right now and we've also got some friends that are really great who just signed with Tooth and Nail records called Jonesetta. I can't seem to get enough of them. I'm also listening to a lot of Depeche Mode right now.
Cool. So, I'll go back to your original question. What band did you listen to that made you realize that you didn't want to be a baseball player?
I did want to be a baseball player, but I liked Michael Jackson a whole bunch too. Kings X was probably the band that made me realize I wanted to be a guitar player, though.
Yeah when I heard Prince's "1999" it kind of took me over and I was like, "Yeah! I want to do whatever that is." It made me break the bat. I threw down the bat and broke it. 'Cause I was like, "Tonight I'm going to party like it's 1999 - even though I'm like 4 years old."
Did you break the bat over your knee like a real tough guy?
I did. It was a Mickey Mouse bat. I hit my brothers in the head with it a few times. That is a very true story too. I hit my brothers in the head with a Mickey Mouse baseball bat. It was great.
You are a gangsta!
No offense to Fighting Instinct, but if you could tour with anyone, who would chose?
Right off hand I would probably say No Doubt. Second in line would probably be the Beastie Boys and then third in line would probably be Neil Diamond.
So how concerned are you guys that you'll be confused with the pop vocal group FFH because of your abbreviated name?
I don't know. I think it would be great if somebody who went into the store looking for FFH accidentally bought our record, popped it in and their speakers got blown. That would be incredible cause you know FFH does their thing, but I don't know if they can serve up the party like we can.
I can see you guys getting accidentally booked for a quiet church event. . .
Tonight, the Bill Gaither Trio and FF5!
Business in the Front, Party in the Back March 28th in stores. Keep it crunk!
Family Force Five Out
Interview from ChritianityToday.com by Andree Farias
Break Dancing .. With Jesus?
They rock. They shake their hips. They have a hype man named Xanadu who dances with them onstage. It's the Family Force 5, a self-proclaimed "crunk rock" collective that's one of the most energetic, electrifying live acts in music today. They hail from Atlanta, home to the band's hip-hop homies—rappers like OutKast, the Goodie Mob and Bone Crusher. No, the band isn't a rap conglomerate, but they sure act like one, going by pseudonyms, talking in ebonics and flossing their latest, Business Up Front / Party in the Back (Maverick/Gotee), which they specifically wanted to tailor for both Christian and mainstream audiences. In this interview, band principals—and brothers—Solomon, Joshua and Jacob Olds talk about their humble CCM beginnings, how the Family stands out from other newcomers, and how Christ is the guest of honor at all of their parties.
You have very funky stage names. How did you come up with them?
Solomon Olds, a.k.a. "Soul Glow Activator": We came up with those names because we're from Atlanta! And Atlanta is the home where a lot of gangstas live, yo! We gotta have gangsta names, you know? So we've go Soul Glow Activator, Phatty, Crouton, Nadaddy, and Chap Stique. And then we got a guy that dances around on stage and his name is Xanadu.
Before you were this "gangsta," you released a CD in 1995 as The Brothers. What ever happened to that?
Solomon: The Brothers was a boy band-ish project we did as kids. It was fun and it taught us a lot about doing music when we were young, but it was not what Family Force 5 is today. We've kinda come full circle.
Joshua Olds, a.k.a. Phatty: We were young and it was fun and we learned a lot. We toured the world. We grew up on the road. It's kinda like you build blocks from when you're younger [until] you get older. It develops your person. I don't think we would be who we are today as people or as a band if we didn't experience what we did when we were younger.
Jacob Olds, a.k.a. Crouton: It was definitely the ultimate experience to grow up doing that. It taught us a lot of discipline and what it takes to do music, to have a love and a passion for it.
You have certainly come a long way. You scored a deal with Maverick Records in the mainstream market first, and then one with Gotee in the Christian one. Most bands do it the other way around.
Solomon: We're not that kind of band. We're obviously different from everybody else. The opportunity came along to sign with Maverick. But a lot of bands, when they make the leap from CCM to the crossover, it seems that they either turn their back on Christian music or they don't give props to who they really are, and they kinda want to deny their audience. We're not going to do that.
We're Christian kids. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm a Christian. I'm not afraid of standing up for what I believe. The Family Force 5 audience is kinda half and half—a lot of Christian kids and a lot of unsaved kids. Both record labels saw the potential in that. I don't think music really needs any kind of label in front of it. You've got great bands out there that happen to be Christian artists—P.O.D., Switchfoot, Sixpence None the Richer, Jars of Clay. All these bands have showed that it's not just Christian music. There's actual music out there that sounds like pop music, and it's actually something that everybody wants to hear.
Were you intentional about having this "dual" deal?
Solomon: As The Brothers, we started playing in the CCM market at a young age. We started learning instruments after The Brothers. We've played in clubs for four or five years now. We play at churches every once in a while, but most of our shows are at clubs. People know we're Christian, wherever we go. We're not a respecter of venues—we play the same show. We don't try to water it down or anything.
Our thing and our ministry is, Jesus Christ came to this earth to do something so severe for all of us. And we want to do something so severe for him, because we want to be models. We want to model ourselves after him. So why should we play watered-down music that fits within the Christian music mold, the CCM mold. To me, and pretty much anybody that's under my age, most Christian music is a turnoff. I don't want to be affiliated with that. I want to be affiliated with something that is great music. I feel that Maverick and Gotee together can pull that off.
Why do you think CCM is a turnoff for most kids nowadays?
Solomon: Christian music has a sound that is very safe and watered-down. There's a lot of kids that are into the lyrics, but the first names that you gravitate toward on the radio—if it's Snoop Dogg, if it's Eminem, if it's Michael W. Smith, the Newsboys—is the music and the melodies and the beat of it. A lot Christian music isn't done that way. It's done in a mold that sells to an older demographic—soccer moms, businessmen and stuff like that—and that's totally fine.
But if I hear an artist on the radio I've never heard, I know it's Christian music because anybody can pick it out. Some people like that kind of music, but I don't think it appeals to a younger generation. They want something raw, something that's fun and exciting, something that's urgent, or something that has a message they can latch on to. There's a lot of bands out there that are teaching depression, that are talking about suicide, and stuff like that. Those are avenues that kids want to explore.
But at Family Force 5 we want to give an alternative to that, where it's just as exciting, it's just as fun, it's just as urgent, but it has a positive message. And the positive message is, "We're here to rock the party all night long!" just like Lionel Ritchie.
And party you certainly do. Are you afraid that the levity of your sound, your stage antics, and the gimmick factor may not fly with CCM audiences?
Joshua: You have to look at the stuff that you're trying to portray. I'm not saying it's gimmicks, but all of that stuff is an attractor for people that are not saved, for people that are out there looking at the videos on MTV everyday. All of that stuff draws you in to be able to tell you about the message, to open up the door to people that haven't heard of Christ or about Christ. Christian people can take it however they want to. If it offends them, well, you can offend some people along the way. We're not trying to offend people, but if they're already saved, we're not trying to reach the saved. We want to talk to people that need to hear about Jesus.
God is fun. There is going to be a party in heaven. There are going to be people in heaven that are going to be surprised that Jesus Christ can break dance with the best of them down here.
But at times it seems you may be treading risqué territory. Your video for your song "Love Addict" features girls in hot pants!
Solomon: To be honest, we've sent that video to churches all across the Southeast, and no one seems to have a problem with it. It's only people that have been so used to the Christian world and the Christian market, and they're used to seeing it packaged in a way that they've seen over and over for the past 15 years. They want Sandi Patty all over again. They want Amy Grant. And most times, it's people that don't understand new art, new videos.
When we're listening to Underoath, our parents say, "What on God's earth are you listening to?" So it's like, "We're listening to Underoath. Do you know what this is?" And they're like, "No, it just sounds demonic." And I say, "It's not demonic. It's probably better than the music you're listening to on the radio." So you've got people that have a closed mind. They have their Christianity and their way that Christian music sounds, and they put it in a box. We're here to tear that box to shreds.
The line needs to be blurred. This doesn't need to be a division thing. Good music is good music. There is music that is either for God and there's music against God. We want to make music that is for God, but at the same time, we want to make music that people enjoy and that they're not turned off by.
You said God is fun. When I hear your music, I hear the fun, but I don't know if I necessarily hear the "God" part. It's not spelled out. How come?
Solomon: Our lyrics are what they are. There are some songs that are just about dancing in the club. It's up to the listener if they want to listen in on what we've got to say. It's up to them to discover. We're not only for Christian kids to listen to, to be ministered to. We're also giving this to kids in the secular market so that they have a positive message and a positive fun thing.
"Love Addict" is actually a very spiritual song, because I'm talking about I'm a love addict of the love God is giving me. The song says, "I'm blessed, I must confess / My heart is pounding in my chest / This love's the best / I'm a love addict." Those kind of lyrics, you just don't hear that a lot on secular radio. We also have a song called "Replace Me," where it says, "Crush me, tear me, break me, mold me / Make me what you want me to be." It's a very spiritual song. For people to say it needs to have more "Christianese" lyrics, I would tend to … Maybe they need to go and pick up some Third Day records.
Jacob: Then there's the whole thing about living by example. At a lot of our shows, a lot of people at the club shows, they come up and say, "Y'all don't drink, y'all don't smoke, y'all have positive lyrics. What is different?" That's when you can tell them what's different. It's the more one-on-one approach rather than beating somebody over the head with a Bible. This is the way we approach our ministry.
Interview from CraveOnline.com
Interview from CraveOnline.com
Family Force 5 is “like five ADD kids that forgot to take [their] Ritalin and then broke into the Red Bull truck and drank it all.” This five-piece Atlanta, Georgia cavalcade of craziness is ready to ransack your town with the release of their debut record, Business Up Front, Party In The Back. Their live show has been said to be quite a spectacle and the energy constantly runs hot. See what consonants and vowels were exchanged in this synergetic interview! [Cue the explosion] Bam!
By Mike Rudolph, Crave Staff Writer
Mike Rudolph: I’ve heard the new record and it exhibits an incredible blend of styles. What inspires you to write your music and where are these influences coming from?
Solomon Olds: We love all kinds of music. Obviously, you can hear that from the record and we pull from a lot of different stuff. [All of us in the band] grew up on music from bands like Prince, the Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters and Rage Against The Machine. [These bands] are a huge part of our sound. People say it’s a really weird style of music and to us it sounds normal because that’s just the way it comes out. We don’t know how to do it any other way… Growing up in Atlanta, we had a ton of Urban and Rock radio stations. Mix all of that music together and you get the Family Force 5 sound.
MR: I totally hear that on the record. It’s obvious that that’s where these influences are coming from. What is the music scene like in Atlanta, Georgia?
SO: It’s pretty diverse. Atlanta is the hip-hop Mecca of the word I would think. You have the whole crunk explosion, straight ahead rock, hip-hop, the emo scene and some electronic music too. [Music genres] are all over the place there and there is not just one defined Atlanta [trend]. Most of the artists that come out of Atlanta have a very rhythmic sense of music; a big back beat that you can bob your head to. It doesn’t matter if it’s rock n’ roll or hip-hop, there’s something about the south that carries a lot of rhythm.
MR: What got you started as musicians and where did it all begin?
SO: My brothers and I started playing [music] in garage bands in our neighborhood. We all took up playing instruments and formed several bands. From the time we were 10-12 years old, we practiced our music and eventually formed a southern rock band. It wasn’t exactly who we were and parents pushed it on us. We decided not to do it that way and decided to [go with the sound that is now Family Force 5]. We moved out of the house and continued playing this music. People would ask us how we would market our music and where we were we going to play. About three years ago, we started playing a lot of club shows and performed for nobody for a long time. Eventually, the word got out and people started turning up to our shows. People were realizing that there was this new and fun live show that contained elements of other bands like the White Stripes and the Beastie Boys. Crowds liked how different the live show was and how energetic our performance was. You can dance to it, you can mosh to it. It was a wide variety of sounds people could get into. That’s how it started…
MR: So tell me about the treatment guys are getting from your record label, Maverick Records.
SO: They’re treating us great, man. The albums been out for two and half weeks nationally and a month and half circulation throughout the southeast. The record company is just starting to crank that machine and things are starting to happen. We are playing television shows and getting our music on the radio. It’s a long road to travel and if it was easy, every musician would be doing it… It’s a slow build and we don’t want it to be forced on anybody. Kids want to discover stuff on websites like www.myspace.com and they want to look dirty or off the ground. That’s how you have to grow as an artist and [develop your fanbase]. Especially when you want to have credibility too.
MR: Point well taken! Summer is coming up and there are a lot of acts putting their touring faces on. What do you guys have in store for the summer?
SO: We just landed the Warped Tour about a week ago and we are excited about that. We will be doing some shows with Alter Bridge and Social Burn down in Florida. Switchfoot, Me Without You and Hoobastank are in the program for us as well. We will probably jump on some other tours with other bands in the fall when we are done with the Warped Tour. Most likely, we will develop some relationships when we on the road during the summer. It’s kind of cool that we hooked up with Warped Tour ’06 right as our album came out. Last year, I just went [to Warped Tour] as a spectator and just hangin’ around. There are just tons of kids out there.
MR: What are your fans like?
SO: We have a very wide audience. We will have 13-year-old kids to 30-year-old professionals. The general range in our audience will be from 15 to 27 years of age and 85% of that is women.
MR: Well that’s good.
SO: Yeah… [laughs], it’s weird though. We’ll play our shows in Atlanta and it will be all chicks. When we play the shows with Alter Bridge, it’s a dude fest. The bottom line is that they all get it and they go and buy the record [a confident laugh and a sigh barrels out].
MR: What is your live show like?
SO: We’re like five ADD kids that forgot to take our Ritalin and then broke into the Red Bull truck and drank it all. When you come to FF5 show you’re going to see a very high energy show. We come off stage and we always have cuts and bruises form our performances. We run into each other and it always is so manic on stage. We even have a hype guy who could be considered our sixth member. All he does on stage is dance for a while and during breaks, he keeps the crowd busy. We did this one show in Nashville and that was the most that we got hurt. I was bent over screaming into the microphone and my brother didn’t see me. His bass guitar hit me square on top of the head. When I came up, I was really dizzy. He later sliced his arm on someone’s tuner. My DJ has what he calls a “hardcore tambourine.” He caught it wrong and it cut open his fingers. My drummer fell on top of his drums and my guitar player did some David Lee Roth kick split… you can only imagine how mangled they were. We all went home pretty wounded that night. That would be a typical show for us. When we get up on stage, there is some kind of aura, some kind of energy that takes place. We just like to have fun and it’s all about shakin’ your junk in your trunk!
MR: What kind of music is coming from your stereo lately?
SO: We’re into the post-punk and retro thing right now. There are a couple of bands that I just can’t stop listening to right now. One of them is LCD Sound System and they’re like a disco-punk act. A few others would be Under Oath and Death From Above 1979. Basically, we like bands that you can both dance to and rock out to at the same time. I just got into Death Cab For Cutie and I am falling in love with them.
MR: Yeah, Ben Gibbard is a musical and lyrical genius.
SO: Yes, definitely. And… Oh my god! We did a show with Flaming Lips out in Atlanta and I had never seen ‘em. I bought their record a few years ago and I didn’t really get it. Then, I saw them live and it changed my life. The Flaming Lips live show is something that everyone in the world [should] experience. When I saw them live, their music suddenly made sense to me. Their approach is so left field and we’re kind of attracted to that. I am definitely into them [excitement is bursting in his voice].
MR: What is the most memorable musical experience you have ever had?
SO: Well… besides us playing on stage… There are two major concerts that come to mind. One was Foo Fighters opening up for Red Hot Chili Peppers and that show was amazing. I just saw the Beastie Boys a few years ago. That was probably the craziest experience from an audience perspective. The crowd would not stop dancing and nobody sat down for two and half hours. It was a party the whole time [he says with disbelief]. These guys are much older now, but they are so creative. They came out doing the whole three MC thing. At one point, everybody thought that the show was over, people started leaving and the curtain dropped. These guys were then on this little tiki island hut performing their stuff behind live instruments. I’ve never seen a crowd go that crazy over a band.
MR: Now that we’re talking about being on the other side of the stage, what is your lifestyle like off-stage?
SO: We’re pretty chilled-out guys. We love to laugh and it’s apparent in our music. If you go to our Myspace page, you can see all of the videos that we have online. We are barely home anymore, so when we do go home, we just hang out at the pool or go to see a movie. That’s about it… Usually, every night for us is about getting the party started for somebody else. That’s a part of rock n’ roll! When we get home, it’s our time to relax. In the fall, if we have any days off, we like to go and shoot paintballs in our backyard. We live on ten acres of woods and we get a bunch of musician friends over when we do that. You know how it is? It’s always fun to hurt the ones you love [sarcasm unfurls in his words].
MR: That’s a great attitude [some mirrored sarcasm].
SO: Anything else you want to add? Any words of wisdom that you would like to leave off for your fans?
MR: Just pick up a copy of Business Up Front, Party In The Back at your local record store. If you want to talk to us at www.myspace.com/familyforce5, we encourage anyone and everyone to come and send us a message. We will answer back to all of the e-mails because it’s actually us that run the site. Come and see our live show and help the party along!
If you wish to contact family Force 5, here are some ways to contact this lovely band.www.myspace.com/familyforce5