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Family Force 5
Family Force 5 (often abbreviated FF5, formerly known as The Phamily and The Brothers) is a Christian crunk rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. Family Force 5 was formed in Atlanta, Georgia. Three of the five members, Solomon (AKA: "Soul Glow Activatur"), Joshua (AKA: Fatty), and Jacob Olds (AKA: Crouton), are sons of Jerome Olds, a Christian artist popular in the late 1980s. Prior to the formation of Family Force 5, the brothers were members of a "boy band" known as The Brothers, releasing Fact and Reality (1994) and RPM (1995). Both albums were released on Star Song Records, and produced by their father.
Between The Brothers and Family Force 5, the brothers had a band called Ground Noise, which they classified as "a really bad version of Third Day." Next, the three brothers added Derek Mount (AKA: Chap Stique) and Nathan "Nate" Currin (AKA: Nadaddy). Before the band chose the name Family Force 5, they used the name "The Phamily" but were forced to change it later due to copyright issues with Prince's band, The Family.
A decade later, the band signed with Maverick Records for distribution to the mainstream market before signing to Gotee Records for the Christian market. Under the name "The Phamily", the band sought a dual recording deal to better distribute their music to both the mainstream and Christian markets. 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."
Soul Glow (Solomon Olds), Crouton (Jacob Olds), Phatty (Joshua Olds), Nadaddy (Nathan Currin), Chap Stique (Derek Mount) continue to evolve and create music that take their fans on a journey. FAMILY FORCE 5’s latest studio album, III, marks a dynamic shift and takes the group back to their rock roots, resurrecting the heavy guitars and bombastic beats of their debut. Unadulterated energy ties the band’s unstoppable genre hopping as FAMILY FORCE 5.
FAMILY FORCE 5 have earned a loyal following culled from their endless touring and chart-topping albums. The group’s previous album, 2008’s Dance or Die, debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #30 and the Modern Rock chart at #8 with 13,000 copies sold in the first week. An Alternative Press magazine cover story followed and the group co-headlined the completely sold-out “Alternative Press Fall Tour." FAMILY FORCE 5 will be performing on "The Vans Warped Tour" as it will be making its first stop in the UK in 13 years of the tour at London’s Alexandra Palace November 10, 2012.
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Word Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of alternative rock band Family Force 5 to the label. The band is set to commence the collaboration with the release of its fourth studio album later this summer. This spring and summer the band has an array of activity planned, beginning with the arrival of the album’s lead music video track, “BZRK” on May 23, and lead radio single, “Let It Be Love,” which shipped to radio today and is set for a May 30 add date.
NASHVILLE, TENN. - Family Force 5 has a devoted fan base that has faithfully followed the band for the last eight years. Throughout its career, the band has established itself as a successful artist, independently selling more than 250,000 units. Today marks a new chapter for Family Force 5 as the band shares a personal letter with its fans announcing the line-up change from frontman Solomon Olds to his brother (previously the drummer) Jacob Olds.