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Family Force 5

The band standing in the Field House at Spring Arbor University on the Heart Support Tour.
Background information
Origin Georgia, United States
Genre(s) Crunk rock [1][2]
Christian rock
Alternative rock
Label(s) Tooth And Nail Records

Website Family Force
Soul Glow Activatur
Chap Stique
Xanadu [Stage Dancer/Van Fixer/Everything Man]

Family Force 5 (often abbreviated FF5, formerly known as The Phamily and The Brothers) is a[3] crunk rock band from Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

Family Force 5 has played at Alive Festival, Warped Tour, Creation Festival, Vertical Fest 2008, Lifest, Rock the Light, Joshua Fest, Kings Fest, Lifelight Festival, Ichthus Music Festival, Cornerstone Florida, Portable Sounds, Purple Door, NewDay 2006, Nazarene Youth Conference 2007, Elevation 2008, Enfuego 2007 & 2008, and performed on the Underground stage of Cornerstone Festival in July 2006 and the main stage in 2007.[4] They also played at Rock the Universe in Universal Studios Florida in September 2007 and Parachute Music Festival in 2009. Family Force 5 has appeared on mtvU's "The Freshman Class", DirecTV's CD USA twice (First performing Love Addict, and the second time, Kountry Gentleman), G4's Attack of the Show!, and CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 14 July 2006.[5] They have also played a concert on the one hour show "Front Row Live" on Gospel Music Channel. They were slated to play at the Tennessee Christian Teen Convention and the Parachute music festival in Hamilton, New Zealand, in January 2009.

Contents [hide]
1 Musical career
2 Musical style
3 Band members
3.1 Current members
3.2 Former members
4 Discography
4.1 Albums
4.2 EPs
4.3 Other Releases
5 Notes
6 External links

[edit] Musical career
Family force five is a christan based band, focusing on a fun way for teens to worship & a musical enviroment. The music does not concist of any profanity under any circumstances. The three leading members of the band, Soul Glow Activatur, Phatty and Crouton, are sons of Jerome Olds, a Christian artist from the late 1980s. Prior to the formation of Family Force 5, the brothers were members of a "boy band" known as The Brothers, releasing Fact and Reality (1994) and RPM (1995). Both albums were released on Star Song Records, and produced by their father.[6][7]

Between the Brothers and Family Force 5 the brothers had a band called Ground Noise, which they classified as "a really bad version of Third Day."[8] Before the band chose the name Family Force 5, they had taken on the name "The Phamily". They had to change it later due to copyright issues with Prince's band, The Family.

A decade later, the band signed with Maverick Records for distribution to the mainstream market before signing to Gotee Records for the Christian market. The band sought out a dual recording deal in order to better distribute their music to both the mainstream market and the Christian market.[7] According to Soul Glow Activatur, "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."[6]

Their debut album has been both disparaged and praised by Christian and non-Christian critics respectively for not containing overtly Christian content in any of its tracks (with the exception of "Peachy", which was apparently written to convert a friend to Christianity and calls God by name). However, the band often does talk about singing for Jesus during their shows and occasionally one of the members (usually Phatty) leads a prayer at the end of the set.

Family Force 5 contributed the song "Mind's Eye" for the compilation album Freaked! A Gotee Tribute to dc Talk's "Jesus Freak". For Christmas, Family Force 5 released a few Christmas-themed audio blogs. They've also recorded "Grandma", a cover of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. In March 2007, their debut album was re-released as Business Up Front, Party In The Back: Diamond Edition, which contains three previously unreleased songs.[5] A new unreleased song entitled "Whatcha Gonna Do With It" has been made available for download exclusively at the Wal-Mart music download store as an EP titled Business Up Front/Party In The Back (Diamond Edition) (Exclusive EP).[9] This song will also be made available on a new compilation produced by Gotee Records labeled Hip Hope 2008.[10]

They were the May/June Winner of Yahoo! Music's Who's Next?.[11]

They released an EP entitled The Dance or Die EP to debut three songs from their upcoming album. There are three songs on the EP; "Dance or Die", "Fever", and "Wake the Dead". "Fever" is featured in their most recent concert appearances starting in February where they ended the Heart Support Tour. The full-length album, Dance or Die, received a favorable review in World Magazine.[12]

In January 2009, Family Force 5 played at Parachute 09, a Christian music festival held in New Zealand at the beginning of every year. After an artist interview the band took on the name Whanau Force 5 (Whanau meaning Family in Maori) for the duration of their time in New Zealand. Family Force 5 will be playing on the Alternative Press Tour in early 2009 with 3OH!3, The Maine, Hit The Lights, and A Rocket To The Moon. Also, in mid-2009 the band will once again be performing at the Creation Festival, The Bamboozle, and Ignite Chicago.

The band will debut the remix album Dance or Die With A Vengeance, which features remixes by The Secret Handshake(Dance or Die), 3OH!3, Danger Radio, and others to be announced. [13]

[edit] Musical style
Family Force 5 uses elements of Rap music, post-hardcore, alternative rock, punk rock, and club oriented crunk, electropunk, electronica and nu metal in their music.[14][15][16][17][18].

When asked about their "Love Addict" video and its relation to their Christian image, Soul Glow Activatur stated "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... 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."[19]

[edit] Band members

[edit] Current members
Solomon Olds a.k.a Soul Glow Activatur (2004-present) - lead vocals/guitar
Jacob Olds a.k.a Crouton (2004-present) - drums/vocals
Josh Olds a.k.a Phatty (2004-present) - bass/vocals (married to Jessica Wheat)
Nathan a.k.a Nadaddy (2004-present) - keytar/turntables/vocals/Family Force 5000/percussion
Derek Mount a.k.a. Chap Stique (2005-present) - lead guitar

[edit] Former members
20 Cent(2004-2005) - guitar
Steve Heimler (Early Ages) - guitar

[edit] Discography

[edit] Albums
Business Up Front/Party in the Back (2006)
Dance or Die (2008)
Untitled Christmas Album (Fall 2009)[20]

[edit] EPs
The Phamily EP (2004)
Family Force 5 EP (2005)
Dance or Die EP (2008)

[edit] Other Releases
Business Up Front/Party In The Back: Diamond Edition (2007)
Blingin' Blogs, Vol. 1 (2008)
Dance or Die With A Vengeance (May 19, 2009)[13]
"The Really Real Show: Season 1"

[edit] Notes
^ a b Family Force 5 Artist Profile | Biography And Discography |
^ Morrison, Kaiya (2008). Family Force 5 bring ‘Skeletour’ to New Orleans. Retrieved 2008-05-03.
^ The Christian Pulse - Family Force 5
^ a b Tobymac Rolls Out New Project with "Portable Sounds" Tour. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
^ a b Farias, Andree (2006-05-15).Break Dancing … With Jesus? Christianity Today. Retrieved 2007-02-05
^ a b Farias, Andre (2006-03).Business Up Front/Party in the Back. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
^ JfH Interview 2006
^ Hip Hope 2008 Announced
^ FAMILY FORCE 5 winner of Yahoo! Music’s “Who’s Next”
^ "Dance force" World Magazine, David Sessions July 12, 2008
^ a b JFH music news, January 28,2009
^ Family Force 5 Biography on Yahoo! Music
^ Family Force 5 Biography - AOL Music
^ Family Force 5 | View the Music Artists Biography Online |
^ Business Up Front/Party In The Back - Wal-Mart
^ family force 5 : Alternative Rock : Music : Target Search Results
^ Family Force 5, 05/15 - Interviews - Christian Music Today
^ JFH music news, February 24,2009

[edit] External links
Official website
Family Force 5 Tour Photography
Retrieved from ""

Thanks to Chappy for submitting the biography.