Our Newest Album Ever!
The "Ska Against Racism" tour will kick off this spring with a collection of popular ska bands travelling around the country. It promises to be a well-attended festival with a long list of big-name bands. On the tour, the band Five Iron Frenzy is the lone representative of the growing pool of Christian ska as one of the hottest groups this year with their sophomore record, Our Newest Album Ever!. Full of catchy melodies and bouncy music, this record has taken off proving that FIF's popularity is well-deserved.
The eight talented musicians that make up this festive frenzy have
put together a fine third-wave ska record. With two guitarists, Micah Ortega
and Scott Kerr, the rhythm section of Keith Hoerig on bass and Andrew Verdecchio
at the drums, Dennis Culp on trombone, Jeff (the girl) Ortega on sax, Brad
Dunham playing trumpet, and Reese Roper handling the lead vocals, Five
Iron Frenzy has put down some peppy, powerful tracks. Even though the production
seems a little muddled to me, the songs's meanings come through loud and
clear. To see where the band's heart is at, look at songs like "Second
Season," "Suckerpunch" (the latest hit), and these lyrics from the last
song on the album,
my heart to mend. I want to fly higher,
every new day again.
...Jesus Christ, light of the world burning bright within our hearts forever.
Freedom means love without conditions, without beginning or an end.
Here's my heart, let it be forever Your's,
only You can make every new day seem so new.
Don't want to rock the mic, don't want to meet the pope.
I just want to share with you, how we got this peace and hope."
Five minutes left to write this one.
la, la, la, la.
By Tony LaFianza
"Handbook for the Sellout," "Where is Micah," and "Superpowers" are humorous looks at the band which indicate fame may not be all it's cracked up to be. For example, as "Superpowers" says:
A couple more couldn't hurt.
Eat some food off the floor.
I've developed a taste for bread mold.
Ride around in a van,
Don't take a shower for six weeks and...
We've been given superpowers...
I once wanted to be famous,
Now I want to take it back.
for all the left out. A flag
flying for losers, somewhere
in the Heavens. The God of
believed in me, loved me
when I was faithless, he still
died for me.
By Shari Lloyd