Flobots at KFMA Day in Tucson, Arizona on May 16, 2008.
|Origin||Denver, Colorado, USA|
|Labels||Universal Republic, Island Def Jam|
|Members||James "Jonny 5" Laurie
Stephen "Brer Rabbit" Brackett
Kenny "Kenny'O" Ortiz
|Past members||Andy "Rok" Guerrero|
The Flobots is a rock and hip hop musical band from Denver, Colorado, formed in 2000 by Jamie Laurie. Flobots found mainstream success with their major label debut Fight with Tools (2007), featuring the single "Handlebars", which became a popular hit on Modern Rock radio in April 2008.
- 1 Early career and Onomatopoeia (2000–2004)
- 2 Flobots Present...Platypus (2005–2006)
- 3 Fight with Tools (2007–2008)
- 4 Survival Story (2009–2010)
- 5 The Circle in the Square (August of 2012)
- 6 Band members
- 7 Discography
- 8 Appearances in compilations
- 9 Webcomics
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Early career and Onomatopoeia (2000–2004)
In 2000, the group began to form when lead MC Jamie Laurie, (Jonny 5) teamed up with producer Farhad Ebrahimi (Yahktoe). Together they released the album Onomatopoeia in 2001, and the title track ended up in a compilation by the MIT Songwriting Club (Yahktoe's alma mater). The title track featured guitar player David Gralow, cello player T'Errance Favors, and bass player Jaymz Haynes.
Flobots Present...Platypus (2005–2006)
Jonny 5 kept the Flobots name when forming a side project with another lead MC, Brer Rabbit. They teamed up with violist Mackenzie Gault, bassist Jesse Walker, guitarist Andy Guerrero (from funk band Bop Skizzum), trumpet player Joe Ferrone (also from Bop Skizzum), and drummer Kenny Ortiz. By the year's end, their unique instrumentation and politically and socially charged music became popular in their hometown of Denver, and Flobots became a full time project. The group members also identify themselves by numbers; Jonny 5 is 05, Brer Rabbit is 0, Mackenzie is 33, Andy is 17, Jesse is 101, Joe is 79 and Kenny is 69.
In 2005, the band released Flobots Present...Platypus, which went on to sell over 3000 copies over the next two years. In August 2007, Flobots opened for Colorado locals The Fray at Red Rocks, one of their largest performances to date.
Fight with Tools (2007–2008)
Flobots entered a contest held by Denver radio station 93.3 (KTCL), called Hometown for the Holidays, which allowed fans to vote for their favorite songs from 35 local bands. Flobots subsequently won both the radio portion of the contest as well as the live performance award. As a result, the station put "Handlebars" into full rotation at the end of January due to the immense popularity of the song during the contest.
In February 2008, Flobots held a show at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood called "The Heart Attack" featuring local bands The Hot IQs and Paper Bird. It was after this show that the group was approached by and subsequently signed to Universal Republic on a two CD major label deal. On March 31, the band announced that they would be playing Tucson, Arizona's major alternative rock festival, KFMA Day, with Metallica, Apocalyptica, Chiodos, and Scars on Broadway on May 16. > Flobots were also part of the sixteenth annual KROQ Weenie Roast on May 17, along with Atreyu, Bad Religion, Flogging Molly, Metallica, The Offspring, Pennywise, The Raconteurs, Rise Against, Scars on Broadway and Seether. On July 20, 2008, Flobots played at the Mile High Music Festival in Commerce City, Colorado with headliners Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. On July 26, 2008, Flobots played 93.3's Big Gig at Coors Amphitheater in Greenwood Village, Colorado with Offspring. On September 1, 2008 they performed at Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.
They made their television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on May 20, 2008. Also on May 20, Flobots spent two hours with Dr. Drew and Stryker answering sex questions on Loveline  and re-released their album Fight With Tools to a wider audience after their newfound success. Flobots also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 5, 2008 with their song "Handlebars". They performed their second single "Rise" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on October 13, 2008.
Survival Story (2009–2010)
In September 2009, the band finished recording their second album. The band announced on YouTube that the album was to be titled Survival Story. The album was released on March 16, 2010. The key single from that album is the song "White Flag Warrior."
The Circle in the Square (August of 2012)
In the summer of 2011, lead guitarist Andy "Rok" Guerrero left the group due to "creative differences" and to focus on his previous project, Bop Skizzum. On September 17, 2011 while performing at the Gallogly Events Center, UCCS, Colorado Springs, the Flobots announced that "they will be releasing an album in 2012 so they might as well name it Stop The Apocalypse." They also performed a brand new song off the album titled The Circle in the Square. It was revealed via their official website on June 15, 2012, that the album would not be titled Stop the Apocalypse, but will be called The Circle in the Square and will be released on August 28, 2012. On June 20, the band posted a video for the title song The Circle in the Square on their YouTube channel. On August 28, 2012, their album The Circle in the Square was released.
On May 7, 2013, the band released video for a previously unreleased song called "Rockmine".
- Fight with Tools (2007; re-released in 2008) – US No. 15 266,867 copies sold in the US, UK No. 52
- Survival Story (2010) US No. 44
- The Circle in the Square (2012) US No. 198
- Flobots Present...Platypus (2005)
- Live at the House of Blues – Anaheim, CA (2009)
|2008||"Handlebars"||37||34||3||20||63||14||26||Fight with Tools|
|2010||"White Flag Warrior"
(ft. Tim McIlrath from Rise Against)
|2012||"The Circle in the Square"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||The Circle in the Square|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or have yet to chart.|
Appearances in compilations
- MIT Songwriting Club – Songs From the Institute, Vol. 1 (2001) [Track 16: Onomatopoeia, credited to Flobots]
- Handlebars- Now That's What I Call Music! 71 (UK series)(2008) Disc 2 Track 13
- They appeared as part of the Audition computer video game soundtrack compilation as a playable song with Handlebars
- Their song "Rise" was included in the Winter Dew Tour Soundtrack 2009 after performing a concert for the tour's stop at Mount Snow.
Rise of the Flobots
The new webcomic series created by D.J. Coffman (13) Rise of the Flobots: Architects of Change launched June 9, 2008 at "flobots.net", and features stories inspired by fans and the music of the Flobots along with a science fiction twist.
- "Denverpost.com, Flobots hammer home message". Denver Post. February 15, 2008.
- "Denverpost.com, Flobots take giant step with label deal". Denver Post. March 27, 2008.
- "The History of KFMADAY". KFMA, Tuscon, AZ, USA. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- "Artist Chart History - The Flobots". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- "Flobots Indeed Kill It on Carson Daly".
- "Loveline Show, 2008-05-20 (Flobots)".
- "IMDB site with info on June 5 episode of Jay Leno". IMDB. IMDB. 6/5. Retrieved August 24, 2008.
- "Note from the 303". MySpace.com Blogs. Retrieved February 22, 2009.
- "FLOB BLOG No. 3 12.2.09 album update". Flobots. Retrieved December 1, 2009.
- "Flobots.com, Upcoming Album".
- "Album Launch Day". Retrieved September 27, 2012.
- "Album Info - Fight with Tools - Flobots". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- "Official Album Chart for the week ending September 13, 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (368): 5–8.
- "Flobots Artist Chart History: Singles". Billboard charts. Retrieved July 19, 2008.
- "Flobots Canadian Hot 100". Billboard charts. Retrieved July 19, 2008.[dead link]
- "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending August 16, 2008". ChartsPlus (Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd) (364): 1–4.
- "New Zealand Singles Chart". charts.org.nz. Retrieved August 9, 2008.