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Family Force 5
Dave Carlascio and Family Force 5.jpg
From left to right: Fatty, Crouton, Soul Glow Activatur, Nadaddy, Chap Stique
Background information
Also known as FF5, The Phamily, The Brothers
Origin Atlanta, GA
Genres Christian rock, crunk rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Star Song, Word, Maverick, Gotee, Tooth & Nail, Transparent Media Group, III Entertainment, Reanimated
Website www.familyforce5.com
Members Jacob Olds (Crouton)
Joshua Olds (Fatty)
Nathan Currin (Nadaddy)
Derek Mount (Chap Stique)
Teddy Boldt (Hollywood)
Past members Solomon Olds (Soul Glow Activatur)
Brad Allen (20 Cent)
Steve Heimler

Family Force 5 is an American Christian rock band from Atlanta, Georgia.[1] The band was formed in 1993 by brothers Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur", Joshua "Fatty", and Jacob "Crouton" Olds. As of 2013, the group has released four studio albums (including a Christmas album), nine EPs, and two remix albums. They are often noted for their raucous, party-centric personae and eclectic mix of genres, ranging from rap metal to dance-pop.

Early history and The Phamily (1993–2003)[edit]

Family Force 5 was formed in Atlanta, Georgia. Three of the five original members, Solomon (AKA: "Soul Glow Activatur"), and twins Joshua (AKA: Fatty), and Jacob Olds (AKA: Crouton),[2] are sons of Jerome Olds, a Christian artist popular in 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.[3][4]

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."[5] Next, the three brothers added Derek Mount (AKA: Chap Stique) and Nathan "Nate" Currin (AKA: Nadaddy). Before the band chose the name Family Force 5, they used the name "The Phamily" but were forced 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. Under the name "The Phamily", the band sought a dual recording deal to better distribute their music to both the mainstream and Christian markets.[4] According to Solomon Olds, "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."[3]

Family Force 5 and mainstream success (2004–2007)[edit]

On March 21, 2006 the band released their first full-length album Business Up Front/Party in the Back which was an instant hit in both the Christian and mainstream markets spawning several hit singles such as "Love Addict" and "Earthquake". Both of these songs, like many others on the album, are heavily focused around the guitar. 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. 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.[6] During this time, 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 also recorded "Grandma", a cover of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". Also a new unreleased song entitled "Whatcha Gonna Do with It" was added to the Hip Hope Hits: 2008 record.[7] Another previously unreleased song, "Master of Disguise", was posted on YouTube. However due to mixed fan reaction to the song it was not slated for release at the time.

Dance or Die (2008)[edit]

In June 2008, the band released an EP entitled Dance or Die EP to debut three songs from their upcoming album Dance or Die. On August 19, 2008, the full-length album was released taking on a more club oriented, electronic dance sound than Business Up Front/Party in the Back with less guitar. The full-length album, Dance or Die, received a favorable review in World Magazine.[8]

Blake Soloman of AbsolutePunk.net had the following to say about the album; "Even though Family Force 5 may be the musical equivalent of mixing Mentos and Coke-–lots of build up for something that only ever happens one way-–I find myself oddly pleased with Dance or Die."

Dance or Die sold 17,000 copies in its first week and debuted at 30 on the Billboard 200. By the end of January, the album had sold over 50,000 units and during early 2009 the band embarked on the AP tour from March to May promoting the album and headlining concerts throughout the U.S.[9] In December 2008, the band won the Best Christian Rock Artist, Best Crunk Rock/Rap Artist and Best Rock Album for Dance or Die at the Rock on Request Awards.[10]

Dance or Die with a Vengeance and Christmas album (2009)[edit]

In May 2009, the band debuted their remix album of Dance or Die; Dance or Die with a Vengeance. It featured remixes by The Secret Handshake, 3OH!3, Danger Radio, Jasen Rauch of Red, Matt Thiessen of Relient K, David Crowder of David Crowder Band, Alex Suarez of Cobra Starship, and more.[9] The album debuted at No. 180 on the Billboard 200, No. 15 on the Christian Albums chart and No. 6 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[11]

Around this time, Solomon Olds created a remix of the song "Best Night of Our Lives" by Everyday Sunday.

On September 5, the band unveiled a new song called "Keep the Party Alive" which was featured on an EP, titled Keep the Party Alive EP. The EP was released exclusively at Target to promote the Halloween themed Skelanimals on September 15. Other tracks on the EP include 3 songs from Dance or Die with a Vengeance, 2 songs from Dance or Die, and two music videos.[12] Next, The band embarked on their third Dance Rawr Dance Tour, along with Breathe Carolina, Cash Cash, Queens Club, and i-Rival.

On October 6, the band released a Christmas album titled Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant, containing ten tracks including their own version of "My Favorite Things".[13] The album debuted at No. 14 on the US Dance charts.

In mid-November 2009, the band hit the road on the Christmas Pageant Tour. On this tour was House of Heroes, Remedy Drive, and All Left Out. On the tour they performed their versions of Christmas classics as well as their very own originals. On November 30 it was announced by lead singer Soul Glow Activatur's Twitter that Joshua (Fatty) had been admitted to the ICU of a local hospital and that a kidney specialist had been called in after his condition deteriorated.[14] Later it was confirmed that he was suffering from kidney failure and that he was undergoing dialysis treatment. The band at first vowed to continue the current tour they were on, The Christmas Pageant Tour, so as not to disappoint fans. However, as Joshua's condition worsened, the band canceled a few shows, but then made a return for the rest of the tour. Joshua made a full recovery and is back to playing shows.[15][16]

III (2010–2011)[edit]

In January 2010 the band toured Australia and New Zealand, playing shows for the Parachute Music Festival and its Australian offshoots.[17][18] In February 2010, they toured with Cobra Starship in the United Kingdom. In March and April 2010, they were part of the lineup of the Rock and Worship Roadshow with Mercy Me, David Crowder Band, Francesca Battistelli, Fee, Remedy Drive, and more.[19][20] During this time, the band also released their music to the UK market for the first time.[19]

On March 2, 2010, Family Force 5 were confirmed to be playing the UK leg of the traveling festival, Sonisphere. This was the band's first UK festival appearance. The band also announced six UK and Ireland headline dates to coincide with their Sonisphere appearance.[21][22]

In December 2010 the band did their second annual Christmas Pageant Tour in the United States, with main support from Forever The Sickest Kids. The tour also had a one-off date for a London show, however this was later cancelled due to weather.

The band confirmed a third studio album, which was tentatively slated for release in mid-2010.[23] They stated that the third album will have more crunk-rock and "rock-and-roll" elements similar to Business Up Front/Party in the Back. The band released a three-song preview EP, entitled III, on April 15, 2011. In an interview with JesusFreakHideout.com, guitarist Chap Stique explained that the new album is tentatively titled III as well. He also mentioned that some of the tracks that may appear on the album are called "Paycheck", "Can You Feel It", "Get On Outta Here", "Not Alone", and "Tank Top", and that the album itself would contain more spiritual themes than the EP.[24] In another interview with Alt Press, Soul Glow Activatur also confirmed that the album will be called III and revealed a new track title, "Crash Down", and claimed that the CD "runs the gamut" from "straight-up electro" to "a little bit of redneckness". Tooth & Nail Records announced that they would be publishing III, and revealed the cover and track list on August 9.[25] The album was released on October 18, 2011. The album has received mixed reviews. Critics have praised the album's musical diversity, while criticizing the quality of the lyrics.

The band did short spring tour called Tourantula, which ran from April 15 to May 15[26]

Family Force 5 played on the "Warped Tour 2011" from July 26 through August 14.

III.V (2012)[edit]

The band's 2012 tour was called Rise Up, and was scheduled to run from March through September. It was inspired by Fatty's near-fatal experience, and featured a short film by Isaac Deitz called "Vital Sign". The film documented the band's experience during the unexpected illness and how it has affected them long-term.[citation needed]

An extended version of the album III called III.V was announced in April 2012. It was to feature five extra songs, two new ones and three acoustic.[citation needed] Instead, III.V was released as an EP of six songs, two new ones and four acoustic, on May 22, 2012.[27]

Reanimated and departure of Solomon Olds (2012-present)[edit]

Beginning in November 2012, Soul Glow Activatur began hosting his own radio show "Phenomenon" for Christian Radio Station NGEN Radio every Friday Night at 10pm.[citation needed] Several new songs have been debuted during the show including "Next Level", "Chainsaw", and title track, "Phenomenon", the latter two have been released as their own EP.[citation needed]

Several photos were posted on February 25, 2013 in which the band was shown recording in Tommy Lee's studio, confirming that the band is in the process of writing and recording a new album.[28][29][30][better source needed]

On May 3, 2013 the band released a music video for "Chainsaw" featuring an additional verse from Christian rapper Tedashii, and the same day released this new version of the song as a single.[31][32]

Reanimated, an album featuring both new songs and remixes of older songs, was released on June 18, 2013[citation needed] to reception ranging from mixed to negative.[citation needed]

The band announced on their website[33] on September 23, 2013 that Solomon Olds would be leaving the band to focus on songwriting and remixing, but would still be a behind-the-scenes part of the group. Pictures on the website and Facebook were updated to show the new band lineup.

Time Stands Still (2014)[edit]

On April 30, 2014 the band announced they had signed with Word Entertainment[34] for their fourth studio album, set to release in the year. Their single "Let It Be Love" was released along with the news.

On May 23, 2014, Family Force 5 released their first music video from their upcoming album, "BZRK". The song features Christian rapper KB.[35] The band announced that the title of the upcoming album would be Time Stands Still, along with its artwork on May 26, 2014.[citation needed] On May 27, 2014 the band released the album for pre-order on iTunes.[citation needed]

Other projects[edit]

The band contributed a song to the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack (titled Almost Alice), called "Topsy Turvy". The song did not make the standard soundtrack,[36][37] but it is one of three bonus songs on the special Hot Topic edition of the soundtrack. The song premiered on their MySpace page on February 8. It was released with the Almost Alice (Deluxe Version) on iTunes June 1, 2010.

"Radiator" and "Love Addict" have been released on the Rock Band Network.[citation needed]

"Can You Feel It" was used in a trailer for the 2012 film Battleship.[citation needed]

The band also appeared on the album Punk Goes Pop 3 with their cover version of La Roux's "Bulletproof". The album was released on November 2, 2010.[citation needed]

The band's song "Kountry Gentleman" was used in the advertisements for the movie "The Warrior's Way".[citation needed]

On December 8, 2010, Rock Sound gave out a free CD with their magazine containing a new version of "Love Addict" and a demo of their new song "Every Night of the Week". Also in promotion of their new album a clip of "Dang Girl" was posted on their YouTube channel.[citation needed]

On January 25, 2012, they released a new five-song EP titled Junk in the Trunk which included previously unreleased songs and alternate versions of others.[citation needed]

On January 8, 2013, Capital Kings released their self-titled debut album, Capital Kings, featuring Soul Glow Activatur on "The Paradigm".[citation needed]

Musical style[edit]

Family Force 5 has been cited as a crunk rock band,[1] mixing a diverse set of music styles including punk, rap, post-hardcore, R&B, funk, dance, electronica, and rap metal[38][39][40][41] with positive, party lyrics.

Band members[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Crouton (Jacob Olds) (1993–2013) – drums; (2013-present) - lead vocals
  • Chap Stique (Derek Mount) (2005–present) – lead guitar
  • Fatty (Joshua Olds) (1993–present) – bass/vocals
  • Nadaddy (Nathan Currin) (2004–present) – synthesiser/vocals/percussion
  • Hollywood (Teddy Boldt) (2013–present) – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Soul Glow Activatur (Solomon Olds) (1993–2013) – vocals/rhythm guitar
  • 20 Cent (Brad Allen) (2004–2005) – guitar
  • Steve Heimler (2001–2003) – guitar

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
2006 Business Up Front/Party in the Back
  • Released: March 21, 2006
  • Label: Gotee, Maverick
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2008 Dance or Die
  • Released: August 19, 2008
  • Label: Tooth & Nail
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2011 III
  • Released: March 9, 2011
  • Label: Tooth & Nail
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2014 Time Stands Still [42]
  • Released: August 5, 2014
  • Label: Word

Christmas albums[edit]

Year Album
2009 Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant
  • Released: October 6, 2009
  • Label: Tooth & Nail, Transparent
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Remix albums[edit]

Year Album
2009 Dance or Die with a Vengeance
  • Released: May 19, 2009
  • Label: Transparent
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2013 Reanimated
  • Released: June 18, 2013
  • Label: Capitol
  • Formats: CD, digital download

EPs[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Cray Button" (featuring Lecrae) (2012)
  • "Chainsaw" (featuring Tedashii) (2013)
  • "Let It Be Love" (2014)

Non-album tracks[edit]

  • "Grandma"[45]
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus"[46]
  • "Repeat the Sounding Joy"[47]
  • "Every Night of the Week"
  • "Love Addict" (2011 demo)

Non-album compilations[edit]

Remixes[edit]

Year Artist Album Song
2009 Everyday Sunday Best Night of Our Lives (Special Edition)
  • "Best Night of Our Lives" (Soul Glow Activatur Remix)
2011 Newsboys Born Again (Miracles Edition)
  • "Mighty to Save" (Family Force 5 Remix)
2012 Abandon Control (Expanded Edition)
  • "Feel in Your Heart" (Soul Glow Activatur aka Solomon Olds Remix)
Thousand Foot Krutch Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes Vol. 1
  • "Light Up the Sky" (Solomon Olds Remix)
2013 Capital Kings Capital Kings (iTunes Exclusive)
  • "We Belong as One" (Family Force 5 Phenomenon Remix)
House of Heroes The Knock-Down Drag-Outs
  • "Remember the Empire" (Family Force 5 Phenomenon Remix)
David Crowder Band All This for a King: The Essential Collection
  • "Shadows" (Family Force 5 Phenomenon Remix)
Thousand Foot Krutch Metamorphosiz: The End Remixes Vol. 2
  • "The End Is Where We Begin" (Solomon Olds Remix)
2014 United The White Album (Remix Project)
  • "Search My Heart" (Solomon Olds Remix)

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards
Year Award Result
2007 Rock Album of the Year (Business Up Front/Party In The Back) Nominated
2010 Christmas Album of the Year (Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant) Nominated

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