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FF5
Dave Carlascio and Family Force 5.jpg
From left to right: Joshua, Jacob, Solomon, Nathan, Derek
Background information
Also known as
  • The Brothers
  • Ground Noise
  • The Phamily
  • Family Force 5
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres Christian rock, crunk rock
Years active 2003–present
Labels
Website ff5music.com
Members Jacob Olds
Josh Olds
Past members Brad Allen
Solomon Olds
Derek Mount
Nate Currin
Teddy Boldt

FF5 (formerly known as Family Force 5, The Phamily, Ground Noise and The Brothers) is an American Christian rock band from Atlanta, Georgia.[1] The band formed in 2005 by brothers Solomon "Soul Glow Activatur", Joshua "Fatty", and Jacob "Crouton" Olds along with their two friends, Nathan Currin "Nadaddy" and Brad Allen "20 Cent" later replaced by Derek Mount "Chapstique". The group has released five studio albums, 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.

In 2018, the remaining two members, Jacob and Joshua Olds, re-branded the group as FF5 and released their EP, El Compadre, on March 2, 2018.[2]

History[edit]

Formation (1993–2003)[edit]

Family Force 5 was formed in Atlanta, Georgia, under their original name, The Brothers. Three of the five original members, Solomon ("Soul Glow Activatur") and twins Joshua ("Fatty") and Jacob ("Crouton"),[3] are sons of Jerome Olds, a Christian artist popular in the late 1980s. The Brothers released Fact and Reality in 1994 and RPM in 1995. Both albums were released on Star Song Records and produced by their father.[4][5]

The group changed their name to "Ground Noise", which they classified as "a really bad version of Third Day."[6] Shortly after, the three brothers added Derek Mount ("Chap Stique") and Nathan "Nate" Currin ("Nadaddy"). They then re-named their group The Phamily.

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.[5] 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."[4] The group was then forced to change their name again, due to copyright issues with Prince's band, The Family.[citation needed]

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 under their new name "Family Force 5", 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.[7] 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, "Whatcha Gonna Do with It", was added to the Hip Hope Hits: 2008 album.[8] 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, Family Force 5 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.[9]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Remix album and Christmas Pageant (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.[10] 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.[12]

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 three songs from Dance or Die with a Vengeance, two songs from Dance or Die, and two music videos.[13] 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's Christmas Pageant, containing ten tracks including their own version of "My Favorite Things".[14] 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.[15] 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.[16][17]

III (2010–2012)[edit]

In January 2010 the band toured Australia and New Zealand, playing shows for the Parachute Music Festival and its Australian offshoots.[18][19] 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.[20][21] During this time, the band also released their music to the UK market for the first time.[20]

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.[22][23]

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.[24] 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.[25] 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.[26] 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[27]

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

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.[28]

Reanimated and departure of Soul Glow Activatur (2012–2013)[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 10 pm.[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.[29][30][31][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.[32][33]

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[34] on September 23, 2013 that Soul Glow Activatur would be leaving the band to focus on songwriting, remixing, and DJ Phenomenon, but he 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, moving Crouton from the drums to lead singer, and adding Teddy "Hollywood" Boldt as the new drummer.

Time Stands Still (2014–2015)[edit]

On April 30, 2014 the band announced they had signed with Word Entertainment[35] 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.[36] 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]

The band was part of the Winter Jam Tour 2015 in the central and eastern parts of the United States.[citation needed] They were also a part of the Winter Jam Tour 2015 West Coast.[citation needed]

Their remix album, Time Still Stands, was released on November 6, 2015, featuring six remixes of songs from the album Time Stands Still, and two new additional songs.[37][not in citation given]

Label issues and additional line-up departures (2014–2015)[edit]

On May 3, 2017, lead guitarist Derek Mount (aka Chapstique) announced that he would be leaving the band to pursue other projects.[citation needed] Shortly after, keyboardist and original member Nathan Currin also parted ways with the group,[citation needed] although no statement has officially been given from either him or the band regarding his departure.

In April 2017, Family Force 5 announced that their fifth album, Audiotorium, was almost complete, but due to label conflicts could not be released yet. The band went on a tour in which they performed the unreleased album live in its entirety at each show.

In January 2018, Teddy Boldt, also known as Hollywood, announced his departure from the band, making the only remaining members Jacob and Joshua Olds.[38]

Rebranding and El Compadre (2018–present)[edit]

On January 18, 2018 they released "Fire on the Highway", rebranded as "FF5", a duo, consisting of original members, twins Jacob & Joshua Olds.[39] On February 9, the duo annouced that their upcoming EP, El Compadre would be released on March 2.[40]

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,[41][42] 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.[43][44]

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.[45]

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.

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, rap metal and nu metal[46][47][48][49][50] with positive, party lyrics.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Jacob Olds – lead vocals (2013–present), drums (2004–2013)
  • Josh Olds – bass, vocals (2004–present)
Former members
  • Brad Allen – lead guitar (2004–2005)
  • Derek Mount – lead guitar, vocals (2005–2017)
  • Nate Currin – synthesizer, vocals, percussion (2004–2017)
  • Soul Glow Activatur – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2004–2013)
  • Teddy Boldt – drums (2013–2018)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album
2006 Business Up Front/Party in the Back
2008 Dance or Die
2011 III
  • Released: March 9, 2011
  • Label: Tooth & Nail Records
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2014 Time Stands Still[51]

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
2015 Time Still Stands[52]
  • Released: November 6, 2015
  • Label: World
  • Formats: CD, digital download

EPs[edit]

  • The Phamily EP (2004)
  • Family Force 5 EP (2005)
  • Business Up Front, Party in the Back Diamond Edition EP (2006)
  • Dance or Die EP (2008)
  • Keep the Party Alive EP (2009)[53] Target exclusive.
  • III EP (2011)
  • Junk in the Trunk EP (November 25, 2011)
  • III.V EP (May 22, 2012)
  • Crank It Like a Chainsaw EP (January 21, 2013)
  • FF5 EP (2017) Online Exclusive
  • El Compadre (March 2, 2018)

Singles[edit]

  • "Cray Button" (featuring Lecrae) (2012)
  • "Chainsaw" (featuring Tedashii) (2013)
  • "Let It Be Love" (2014)
  • "BZRK (featuring KB) (2014)
  • "Walk on Water" (featuring Melanie Wagner (of Young & Free)) (2015)
  • "Hold Your Hand" (2015)
  • "Fire on the Highway" (2018)

Non-album tracks[edit]

  • "Grandma"[citation needed]
  • "Here Comes Santa Claus"[54]
  • "Repeat the Sounding Joy"[55]
  • "Every Night of the Week"
  • "Love Addict" (2011 demo)

Non-album compilations[edit]

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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