Christmas Time is Here [re-direct to idobi]

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been listening to Christmas music since late November. I even wrote a mini piece for idobi about one of my favourite Christmas songs – and one of the best covers! Click here to read more about Family Force 5’s cover of the Vince Guaraldi classic, “Christmas Time is Here”!

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Warped Tour 2015

I used my really great (and obvious) title for last year’s Warped recap, so I’m stuck with generically listing them from now on.

Anyway, this was my SIXTH Warped experience!

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For some reason, a bunch of bands on our list were playing between 1:50 and 3:20, so it was hard to determine who we saw and who we neglected, but we generally went with bands we’d never seen before (which meant I missed Neck Deep and The Wonder Years, but that’s okay because they both have new albums coming out, so I’ll catch them on tour). We “discovered” some new bands we ended up liking it (Moose Blood), saw some old favourites (Family Force 5), and managed to catch the top three bands we most wanted to see: PVRIS, Hands Like Houses, and Mallory Knox.

In order of when we saw them:

As It Is

They sound better live than they do recorded; also, he has a very high voice.

PVRIS

Vocalist Lynn sounds even more powerful live than recorded, and it’s so impressive. They played the main stage, and it was well deserved.

Moose Blood

A British band that has an old-school Taking Back Sunday vibe? Count me in!

Hands Like Houses

Three words: Australian David Beckham. The music is excellent too.

Asking Alexandria

We weren’t that impressed with them, which was sad because we were expecting their set to¬†blow us away.

Black Veil Brides

Andy’s voice is considerably deeper than you would expect from someone who looks so effeminate, but it was a pleasant surprise.

Man Overboard

Classic pop-punk. You can’t really go wrong with Man Overboard, even if Zac’s dancing weirds us out.

Family Force 5

It’s impossible to stand still during one of their shows – it’s always so much fun.

Set It Off

“Why Worry” is such a jam.

Mallory Knox

We were front row and we didn’t stop screaming from the time they walked on stage. It was amazing.

We also saw part of ’68,Juliet Simms, and August Burns Red, plus the first song from This Wild Life before we wandered away to look for the Mallory Knox band members (we ended up finding Mikey, the singer, who was very sweet!).

Overall, it was one of the most successful Warped experiences we’ve had, despite it raining for the first 6.5 hours (including an hour when we were standing in line to get in). I can’t wait to see what next year brings!

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GO BERSERK

WARNING: This post contains the new Family Force 5 song which is just as addictive and danceable as their past work and may make you want to exercise (I never want to exercise and I almost bought a treadmill after watching it).

Bravo, Crouton, on your first official single as FF5’s new frontman (I still miss you, Soul Glow!). You did good.

It doesn’t have the most profound lyrics, but heck if it’s not the perfect summer jam.

Full throttle heavy metal, set the bar next level

Last week, I found out that the lead singer of one of my favourite bands had left to pursue other musical endeavors (producing and remixing or something) plus spend more time with his family.

Naturally, I knew I had to dedicate today’s post to them

Nadaddy, Crouton, Soul Glow Activatur, ChapStique, and Fatty.

AKA Nathan, Jacob, Solomon, Derek, and Joshua.

As you can see, they all have “gangster” names, and, like any true fan, I only ever refer to them by those nicknames.

Something you need to know:

Soul Glow is the older brother of Crouton and Fatty (who are twins). All five of them are in their early thirties, even though Soul Glow doesn’t look like it (also: one time he compared himself to Loki as played by Tom Hiddleston which meant that the first time I watched The Avengers, that’s all I could think).

Last week, they made the announcement that Soul Glow would be leaving the band (to spend more time with his family and to focus on other aspects of the music business) and Crouton would be taking over lead vocals. Since he was their drummer, this meant that they also had to get a new drummer, nicknamed Hollywood (real name: Teddy):

The new Family Force 5. Personally, I’m still trying to get used to it.

I’ve seen FF5 twice, both times at a Christian music festival. Because yes, they are a Christian band, which isn’t usually my thing, but they’re different. For one, their songs aren’t blatantly obvious. They sing about anything and everything, and they fall into all sorts of genres: pop, punk, hip hop, dance, electronic, crunk rock, even a little bit of metal. It’s a beautiful thing to hear.

Their live shows are unbelievable, especially if you’re surrounded by people who haven’t heard of them, because it’s hilarious to see the looks on their faces when Soul Glow comes running out wearing plushy Hulk hands, or when Crouton stands on top of his drum set, or basically any time Chap Stique does anything (he’s a guitarist) because he’s probably the most “metal” of the bunch. It’s also ridiculously entertaining any time they teach you a new dance – and they have a few, including the Wobble, the Zombie, and, most recently, the Chainsaw:

At the 2:34-ish mark, Soul Glow’s son Cash makes an appearance. That kid is precious.

I’m always sad when someone leaves a beloved band, but Soul Glow has assured fans that he’ll still be involved somehow – whether it’s writing or producing or remixing.

Although, if this little clip is anything to go by, the new FF5 is going to be fantastic – maybe not the same as the old version, but fantastic nonetheless: