Family Force 5 has played at Alive Festival, which was their very first festival, as well as Warped Tour, Creation Festival, Vertical Fest 2008, Lifest, Rock the Light, Joshua Fest, Kings Fest, Lifelight Festival, Ichthus Music Festival, Cornerstone Florida, Portable Sounds, Purple Door, NewDay 2006, Nazarene Youth Conference 2007, Elevation 2008 and performed on the Underground stage of Cornerstone Festival in July 2006 and the main stage in 2007. They also played at Rock the Universe in Universal Studios Florida in September 2007. Family Force 5 has appeared on mtvU's "The Freshman Class", DirecTV's CD USA twice (First performing Love Addict, and the second time, Kountry Gentleman), G4's Attack of the Show!, and CBS' The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 14 July 2006. They have also played a concert on the one hour show "Front Row Live" on Gospel Music Channel.
A 2006 review by Andree Farias in ChristianityToday.com reported that Family Force 5 has "accomplished plenty in short time, amassing a massive army of fans through MySpace and generating buzz among critics and industry professionals."
Between the Brothers and Family Force 5 the Olds brothers had a band called Ground Noise, which they classified as "a really bad version of Third Day." Before the band chose the name Family Force 5, they had taken on the name "The Phamily". They had to change it later due to copyright issues with Prince's band, The Family.
A decade later, the brothers had teamed up with two friends, Nathan Currin and Derek Mount and taken the aliases Soul Glow Activatur, Crouton, Fatty, Nadaddy, and Chap Stique. The band signed with Maverick Records for distribution to the mainstream market before signing to Gotee Records for the Christian market. The band sought out a dual recording deal in order to better distribute their music to both the mainstream market and the Christian market. 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."
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 (with the exception of "Peachy", which was apparently written to convert a friend to Christianity and calls God by name). Although "Luv Addict," "Supersonic," "How in the World" and "Replace Me" are not necessarily obvious faith-based songs, they are simultaneously praised and criticized by Christian critics for their subtly Christian themes. However, the band often does talk about singing for Jesus during their shows and occasionally one of the members (usually Fatty) leads a prayer at the end of the set.
Family Force 5 has also 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, two of which ("Christmas Carol Blog" and "Christmas Memories Blog") were available to listen to on their unofficial PureVolume page. They've also recorded "Grandma", a cover of Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer. 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. Two of the three songs ("I Love You to Death" and "Never Let Me Go") are available to listen to on their PureVolume. A new unreleased song entitled "Whatcha Gonna Do Wit It" has been made available for download exclusively at the Wal-Mart music download store as an EP titled Business Up Front/Party In The Back (Diamond Edition) (Exclusive EP). This song will also be made available on a new compilation produced by Gotee Records labeled Hip Hope 2008.
They were the May/June Winner of Yahoo! Music's Who's Next?.
The music video for "Never Let Me Go" was leaked on YouTube on December 9, 2007. It made its world premiere at a Wesleyan convention in Orlando, FL on December 30, 2007.
Family Force 5 debuted a new song titled Fever on the Heart Support Tour at Spring Arbor University. During a pre-concert, informal interview with Soul Glow, he stated that a new album will be released sometime in Fall of 2008.
The music video for "Never Let Me Go" was aired on the bands MySpace video profile March 24, 2008. The video was reportedly delayed due to legal issues.
Their New Album, an EP entitled Dance or Die, was released on iTunes on June 3, 2008, and previews of their new songs can be heard in concert. There are three songs on the EP; "Dance or Die", "Fever", and "Wake the Dead". "Fever" is featured in their most recent concert appearances starting in February where they ended the Heart Support Tour.
On June 24, 2008, Tooth & Nail Records released a teaser trailer announcing that the band's new album Dance Or Die would be released on August 19 and that the band had signed with the label.
In a review of Dance or Die published in World Magazine, David Sessions wrote, "Simultaneously literate in the current modes of electronic music and in rock music's colorful, absurd elements from decades past, Dance or Die is remarkable for its willingness to be ridiculous (perhaps not a surprise from a band with stage names like 'Soul Glow Activator' and 'Chap Stique'). The astral synthesizers and twinkling-star keyboards on the title track make eyes at the '80s, while 'Fever' recalls the breakout French electro-pop sensations Justice with its fuzzy distortion backdrop, crunching guitar riffs, and thunderous percussion track. ... It only takes one listen to this hyper-catchy, addictive record to understand why Family Force 5's lighthearted heavy music rules the underground.
Family Force 5 also has a series of webisodes and a YouTube series entitled: " Really Real Shows", there is 24 episodes to date, all edited by Tub-O (Isaac Deitz), Tub-O left the band during 2008 warped tour to 'pursue his documentary series in other countries'.
The band often cites their own style as crunk rock. Most songs contain heavy use of synthesizers and simple power chord riffs. Some songs make references to break dancing, use Crunk style loops, or a club atmosphere. The song "Supersonic" spells out the word "crunk" in the lyrics. Many lyrics also make reference to the fact that the band is from Atlanta. They have been labeled as having a similar sound to Marilyn Manson. The band has tried to distance themselves from this image, as they do not feel it is true to what they stand for.
When asked about their "Love Addict" video and its relation to their Christian image, Solomon Olds states "They want Sandi Patty all over again. They want Amy Grant. And most times, it's people that don't understand new art, new videos... We want to make music that is for God, but at the same time, we want to make music that people enjoy and that they're not turned off by.
|The Phamily EP||2004|
|Family Force 5 EP||2005|
|Business Up Front/Party in the Back||2006|
|Business Up Front/Party In The Back: Diamond Edition||2007|
|Dance or Die EP||2008|
|Dance or Die||2008|
|Kountry Gentleman||Business Up Front/Party in the Back||2005|
|Replace Me||Business Up Front/Party in the Back||2006|
|Luv Addict||Business Up Front/Party in the Back||2006|
|Never Let Me Go||Business Up Front/Party In The Back: Diamond Edition||2007|
|Fever||Dance or Die EP||2008|
|Get Your Back Off the Wall||Dance or Die||2008|
|2005||"Kountry Gentleman"||Business Up Front/Party in the Back|
|2006||"Grandma"||MySpace Exclusive (Seasonal/Christmas)|
|2006||"Luv Addict"||Business Up Front/Party in the Back|
|2008||"Never Let Me Go"||Business Up Front/Party in the Back: Diamond Edition|
|TBA||"Radiator"||Dance or Die|
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