Family Force 5
After listening to Family Force 5’s latest CD “III” which was released Oct. 18, I was torn between bobbing my head to the catchy beats and shaking my head at the weird lyrics. At first I didn’t know whether to love them or hate them.
Family Force 5’s core group is made of three brothers, Solomon (Soul Glow Activatur), Joshua (Fatty), and Jacob (Crouton) Olds. The trio started a band called The Brothers before they were joined by Derek Mount (Chap Stique) and Nathan Currin (Nadaddy) and formed the group Family Force 5. The band released their first album “Business up front/Party in the back” in 2006 and has since then followed it with another album, a remix album and now, the album “III.”
Each of their CD’s has a completely different feel, and they make one question whether it’s the same band from one of their CD’s to the next. Either way,“III” is by far their best yet.
The greatest thing about this group is how unique their sound is–it’s undefinable. Officially their genre is considered Christian crunk rock. But what does that even sound like? Family Force 5’s sound is a unique blend of rock, alternative, R&B, dub step and whatever else they feel like throwing into the mix. Vocally, they can adapt to any genre they want to–and sound good doing it.
Their sound that’s appealing to people from many music genres. Some of their songs could easily fit into playlists on popular radio stations like 106.1 and 107.7 whereas others could only make it on the airwaves if a rap, rock and punk radio station mated.
Another thing that makes Family Force 5 stand out are their lyrics. Lyrics in songs like “Not Alone” were of substance and they were easily relatable. I wanted so badly to take them seriously, but unfortunately random songs like “Wobble” with the lyrics “clack your knee caps/clack your knee caps together/todays class is biology and I’m your professor” made me much less enamored with them than I could have been.
Luckily they kept my attention with songs like “Mamacita,” “Can You Feel It,” and “Paycheck” which were, in my opinion, the best songs on the album. And after listening to their more mainstream songs, I was able to have a greater appreciation for the stranger songs.
I went from being mildly unmoved by this CD to extremely impressed. Their blend of genres satisfies no matter what type of music you’re in the mood for. And in the end, I gave them points for weirdness. In today’s same old same old music industry, they’re daring to be different.
I give it 4 stars.
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