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Blake Solomon 08/08/07 10:52 PM

Family Force 5 - Business Up Front/Party In The Back (Diamond Edition)
 
Family Force 5Business Up Front/Party In The Back (Diamond Edition)
Record Label: Maverick/Gotee Records
Release Date: March 20, 2007

Family Force 5 and I have been through a whirlwind courtship. I first discovered them at this year’s Warped Tour. Their live show: Wow. Between the +/- 9 guys on stage, a few were in 80’s jumpsuits, one was gyrating oddly to a song only he could hear, and the lead singer punched the air with large, silver Hulk gloves. The show gave off an odd sensation. My first inclination was to mock the living daylights out of these guys, but then I realized that would be exactly what they wanted. So instead I turned my frown upside down and got a tad jiggy with it. And the curious part? Everyone else was doing the same thing.

So with a bit of apprehension I strolled into my nearest mega entertainment store, dodged all my former high school foes, and bought Business Up Front/Party In The Back (Diamond Edition). This was a strictly-for-pleasure venture. Seriously, I had no intention of ever reviewing the disc. My curse, though, is enlightening people about good music. Business is most definitely great music. Sure, Family Force 5’s mix of hip-hop, “crunk rock,” post-hardcore and electronica might not be for everyone, but it’s almost like this record was made specifically for me. The jokes are lame (sounds about right), the 80’s references are plentiful, and the disregard for all musical conventions is hilariously devious. One word: Keytar.

Thus far we have established that FF5 create awkward and occasionally heavy mixes of many genres. A drunken southerner probably wrote their lyrics. And, most importantly, as detailed in “Kountry Gentleman,” don’t you dare talk bad about their mommas. Coming as a shock, however, are the Christian values included. “Love Addict” features a vocoder-heavy breakdown and uplifting lyrics. The message ain’t new, but the heavy guitars and shrieks of Slow Glow Activator (AKA Solomon Olds) are surely fresh.

Occasionally, FF5 straight drop beatz. “Replace Me” camouflages itself as an indie rock song until the second verse kicks in and a Compton-inspired siren urges Mr. Activator forward with his bratty flow. “Supersonic” opens with snapping, a whirring electronic and some chugging guitars. Another dancey beat backs up Activator as he wavers between a loud whisper and angsty screams. I’ve had problems with the wrong people using electronics before, but these beats are professional and mix well with the rock elements. After all, a little parmesan only makes the pepperoni and sausage taste better.

One of the bonus tracks, “Face Down,” might feature the fewest genres, but this is actually an encouraging fact. Even without the gimmicks of keytars and white boy afros, FF5 still rock. And no matter what their subsequent albums sound like, the band will always traverse new ground. Really, this is more a letter of adoration than some fancy-pants review. Freakin’ buy this.

I Love You To Death,
Blake “TecToniQ” Solomon


Recommended If You Like: Band A, Random Band, furniture slogans, Band #3, Eminem and David Lee Roth's love child


I have no idea what to put herewww.myspace.com/familyforce5

Blake Solomon 08/08/07 10:53 PM

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DrewSkylinepres 08/09/07 03:30 AM

Ummmm... this kind of thing is something usually AP.Net would talk mad shit on. Has AP gone completely soft? This band is sooooo horrible.

samantha b-face 08/09/07 08:17 AM

i love this album
excellent quasi-review

newfoundmichael 08/09/07 08:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrewSkylinepres (Post 7316986)
Ummmm... this kind of thing is something usually AP.Net would talk mad shit on. Has AP gone completely soft? This band is sooooo horrible.



I don't know about AP going soft, but this band is pretty awful.

They won the extra 10 minutes at Indy the other day and I was just speechless as to how that was possible...do they have some type of underground fanbase that I don't know about?

Blake Solomon 08/09/07 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DrewSkylinepres (Post 7316986)
Ummmm... this kind of thing is something usually AP.Net would talk mad shit on. Has AP gone completely soft? This band is sooooo horrible.



hahahaha, i'll make a note of this comment. "Oh, Im supposed to hate this. Better bash it." I've always been soft.


mwah xoxoxoxoxo :tophat:

vandalroyale 08/09/07 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Blake Solomon (Post 7318265)
hahahaha, i'll make a note of this comment. "Oh, Im supposed to hate this. Better bash it." I've always been soft.


mwah xoxoxoxoxo :tophat:


You tell em Blake...FF5 is not really my thing, but I respect your decision...fuk da rest boiiiii!

StrangerDanger 08/09/07 09:04 AM

they are my guiltiest pleasure.
Go to one of their shows and you might not talk so much shit, they're so fun.

Bruycker 08/09/07 09:05 AM

How can this album be better then As Cities Burn?

Blake Solomon 08/09/07 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StrangerDanger (Post 7318299)
they are my guiltiest pleasure.
Go to one of their shows and you might not talk so much shit, they're so fun.



exactamundo.

Blake Solomon 08/09/07 09:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Bruycker (Post 7318310)
How can this album be better then As Cities Burn?





because i make poor life choices?

aolsux 08/09/07 09:10 AM

this band is what's wrong with America

joshy hizzle 08/09/07 09:10 AM

Good job Blake I'm right there with you.
Great review, it's sure to piss of the indie elitists.

Bruycker 08/09/07 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by Blake Solomon (Post 7318318)
because i make poor life choices?


eum yes?
But I have to respect your opinion so...
It's still kinda weird

tm decomposer 08/09/07 09:21 AM

lalall i get horni listening to this.

Blake Solomon 08/09/07 09:24 AM

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Originally Posted by aolsux (Post 7318337)
this band is what's wrong with America





genericmadness 08/09/07 09:30 AM

also, DEEZ KULLAZ DONT RUN

S9Dallasoz 08/09/07 09:30 AM

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Originally Posted by joshy hizzle (Post 7318340)
Good job Blake I'm right there with you.
Great review, it's sure to piss of the indie elitists.


Agreed, most fun I've had listening to a record...ever.
Love the live show too.

aolsux 08/09/07 09:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Blake Solomon (Post 7318462)

god bless Family Force 5

hold on, wait a minute...put a little love in it

tonighttonight0 08/09/07 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aolsux (Post 7318337)
this band is what's wrong with America

agreed

Praetor 08/09/07 09:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Blake Solomon (Post 7318265)
hahahaha, i'll make a note of this comment. "Oh, Im supposed to hate this. Better bash it." I've always been soft.


mwah xoxoxoxoxo :tophat:

I don't share your opinion on the band, but I <3 you for this.

The_EasyKill 08/09/07 09:41 AM

Watching these guys at warped tour was quite amazing. Yeah, they pretty much suck but its like watching a train wreck, you cant help but watch. It was amazing to see how much control they had over the crowd. Kids were going nuts. Im sure without all the theatrics on stage, nobody would have been in the least bit interested, but maybe im wrong.

I would never buy the album, nor would I buy tickets to see them, I would however check them out again if they open for a band or play festivals like warped.

thispostscript 08/09/07 09:42 AM

this band is straight up a live performance, i've hardly heard their record but when you see them live as i did on warped every day they are unreal, so enjoyable to watch.

vandalroyale 08/09/07 09:44 AM

Their Craig Ferguson performance was pretty darn awesome

aolsux 08/09/07 09:50 AM

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Originally Posted by vandalroyale (Post 7318643)
Their Craig Ferguson performance was pretty darn awesome

i saw this on youtube, even if i was in the audience for this "performance" i would of been embarrassed

vandalroyale 08/09/07 09:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aolsux (Post 7318710)
i saw this on youtube, even if i was in the audience for this "performance" i would of been embarrassed


Ha I know what you mean...I know I would have had a hard time looking at them just thinking to myself..."this really isn't happening, is it?"

sell the sunris 08/09/07 10:04 AM

this band is hilariously and embarrassingly fun

AFSjulian 08/09/07 10:04 AM

Are they Christian?

imperfectstarx 08/09/07 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StrangerDanger (Post 7318299)
they are my guiltiest pleasure.
Go to one of their shows and you might not talk so much shit, they're so fun.


Agreed. I discovered them at Warped and loved them.

Derek22 08/09/07 10:25 AM

Yeah, I also saw these guys for the first time at warped while waiting for Big D. Just a really fun, energetic band to watch live. Silver hulk fists rule.

S9Dallasoz 08/09/07 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by AFSjulian (Post 7318806)
Are they Christian?

Yes.
But that doesn't really matter, I'm havin' a hard time finding any Christian undertones in their music.
Regardless, it's awesome dancin' music.

tacosforcharles 08/09/07 10:31 AM

Not gonna lie, I'm not a fan.

aolsux 08/09/07 10:34 AM

I would be a liar if I say I was a fan.

punkrockmedic 08/09/07 10:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by newfoundmichael (Post 7317999)
I don't know about AP going soft, but this band is pretty awful.

They won the extra 10 minutes at Indy the other day and I was just speechless as to how that was possible...do they have some type of underground fanbase that I don't know about?


Yeah they do. They're huge in the Christian scene.

sweetmik 08/09/07 10:38 AM

Their awfulness is charming. Their webshow on myspace/youtube is hilarious.

black rose 08/09/07 10:42 AM

This cd is so much fun. I'm constantly listening to it on my ipod. My favorite would have to be "Numb."

aolsux 08/09/07 10:43 AM

their album title makes them sound like anal rapists

werealldudes19 08/09/07 10:44 AM

I have a whiteboy afro.

kjs7 08/09/07 10:47 AM

this band is absolutely awful

i dont care how fun they are on stage, their music makes me want to slaughter young children

R3DLiN3 08/09/07 11:04 AM

Love FF5!! Saw them at Warped as well. Siccest live performance!! Here is the video I took at them at Mountain View Warped...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTZ6noFAxKU. I filmed 3 other songs from them too.

sweetmik 08/09/07 11:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aolsux (Post 7319114)
their album title makes them sound like anal rapists


yeah, anal rapists with mullets.

Jamais_vu 08/09/07 11:09 AM

This is the worst pop-culture bull shit I've ever seen in my life. These guys make Aiden look like mozart!

"Hey look at us, we're rich suburban white kids who put ghetto shit in our music, WORD!"

Fuck off.

After Hours 08/09/07 11:41 AM

I don't like their music, but I really want to see them live. The Really Real Show is hilarious!

S9Dallasoz 08/09/07 12:05 PM

too much hate.

Blake Solomon 08/09/07 12:21 PM

hahah, these comments are great!

tcemoo 08/09/07 12:33 PM

If I saw a news post about this band dying in a bus accident, I'd be glad.

Blake Solomon 08/09/07 12:35 PM

well thats a bit harsh.

Poochemist 08/09/07 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by tcemoo (Post 7320420)
If I saw a news post about this band dying in a bus accident, I'd be glad.



lol

I saw this at Best Buy the other day and remembered their name from Warped. I heard good things about their live show but was reluctant to buy the album, so thanks for the review.

genericmadness 08/09/07 03:14 PM

This is a growing list of people who don't deserve to enjoy family force 5

Adrian Villagomez 08/09/07 04:55 PM

Damn you blake, I wanted to review this! Either way, you know we're on the same page. Nice job, and ignore the haters.

Hold up, wait a minute, put a little love in it!