"Five Iron is stupid and
You are if you like them also!... too."
We've been given superpowers,
ask us for an autograph.
We sing, we dance,
we make you laugh.
Don't you want to be like us?
—Five Iron Frenzy, "Superpowers"
Five Iron Frenzy
Five Iron Frenzy
They were good, They were good, They were really really really good!
Five Iron Frenzy
When you see them, we really really think you should
Thank them for being so cool and so awesome
Yeah, thank them for being so neat-o
—Relient K "Five Iron Frenzy Is Either Dead Or Dying"
is an eight-piece rock band from Denver, Colorado, that formed in 1995. Initially they played straightforward ska-punk, though the albums after their first saw them mix this with a more mainstream rock sound (or, on All The Hype That Money Can Buy
playing Genre Roulette
) while keeping the horn section. On their 2001 album Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo
, they again rebranded themselves with a harder, heavy metal-influenced sound (while still
keeping the horn section), and kept this style for the remainder of their career. (They continued playing their old songs at live shows, but in the style of their new songs.) In January 2003, they announced that the time had come to move on with their lives and call it quits before they could start hating each other. They recorded one more proper studio album, went on a nationwide farewell tour, and played their final show before a capacity crowd at the Fillmore Stadium in Denver.
Any rumors of a reunion were almost certainly lies... at least until on November 22nd, 2011, eight years exactly after their final show, the band announced that they were reuniting to record a whole new album, funded by a Kickstarter project, which reached the $30,000 goal in less than an hour
, then doubled.
Ad Nauseam and Five Iron Frenzy became the highest funded musical Kickstarter project up to that timenote
, raising more than $207k before the Kickstarter drive ended.
FIF's birth coincided with the late-90s' simultaneous punk-rock boom and Third Wave of ska. While they didn't exactly ride the wave to outrageous fame and fortune (their greatest publicity was when their song "Oh Canada" was played on Boston Legal
... two years after they broke up), they did gain a respectable cult following in both the punk scene and the Christian rock scene.
Yes, Five Iron Frenzy is a Christian band
, and a good one. Their lyrics are frequently satirical (and rarely preachy), and skewer society at large, Christian hypocrisy, the punk rock scene, and their own selves
with equal aplomb.
Aside from the departure and replacement of one guitarist, the line-up remained steady for all nine years of their career:
- Dennis Culp: trombone
- Nathaniel "Brad" Dunham: trumpet
- Keith Hoerig: bass
- Scott Kerr: rhythm guitar (departed in 1998, rejoined when the band reunited in 2011)
- Sonny Johnston: rhythm guitar (joined in 1998, taking Scott's place)
- Leanor "Jeff the Girl" Ortega-Till: saxophone
- Micah Ortega: lead guitar
- Reese Roper: vocals
- Andy Verdecchio: drums
- Upbeats and Beatdowns (1996)
- Our Newest Album Ever! (1997)
- Quantity is Job 1 EP (1998)
- LIVE: Proof that the Youth are Revolting (1999)
- All the Hype that Money Can Buy (2000)
- Five Iron Frenzy 2: Electric Boogaloo (2001)
- Cheeses (of Nazareth) (2003): A collection of b-sides, rare songs, and twenty tracks of random crap the band made up in the studio.
- The End is
Near Here (2003, 2004) "Near" was the band's final studio album before their breakup. "Here" was a rerelease with an extra studio track, and a second disc containing what was, at the time, their entire final live show.
- Engine of a Million Plots (2013)
Also, four of their cd's (Our Newest Album Ever
, Quantity is Job 1
, Proof that the Youth are Revolting
, and The End is
) featured some awesomely surreal original artwork by Doug TenNapel
Compare and contrast with their side project, Brave Saint Saturn
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