Five Iron Frenzy

"Proof That Kids Are Revolting"
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Well, it's Five Iron Frenzy's turn. In case anybody does not know, Five Iron Frenzy is a ska-punk band from Denver, Colorado. They have been together for quite a few years now, and they were definitely due for a live album like this. This CD was recorded at various shows, mostly festivals, during the summer of 1999. Basically what they did was take the best songs from whatever night it may have been, and put them together on this CD. A few of the songs were taken from both their performance at Cornerstone and the Creation Festival in PA. This CD features all their older favorites, as well as two new songs, one called "A New Hope," which deals with the Columbine High School incident (Reese has some important things to say as an intro to this song), as well as another new song called, "Ugly Day." Both of these songs have yet to be released on any other CD. Most likely they will be on their new CD. Plus they even do a cover of the classic Tom Jones song "It's Not Unusual."



B+
Conrad: FIF is a ska/punk band that is really hyper and funny. You might not know who they are if you've been living on Mars, in a hole, with your eyes closed and your fingers in your ears. I don't care if you don't like ska, these guys put on a great show - and this live album proves it. First off they're really talented all around, the horns are great, singing, rhythm section. Then on top of that they are actually funny. On top of that two of them came to see me when I passed through Denver at the airport (I didn't even stop, it was just a layover). How nice of them. And Brad wore a Decapolis shirt at Purple Door. But really, I'm not biased just cause I like them as people (ahem, Jeff the girl... ahem). They are actually good. Another plus is they used the word "farted" on the album. But see now I'm jealous cause my band got in trouble (in the CMI) for having a Sumo Wrestler on the cover, but they can say "farted." (Gripe over, I just wanted to say that.) And it gets even better - they have a whole part where they have all their screw ups, that's quite amusing. The only not so good thing I can say about it is that sonically it wasn't the best, but its still good. Oh, and they talk a lot. Talking and wasting time on stage is the funnest thing a band can do (if they're funny) and they do a great job of that. If you like ska, you have to get this. Even if you don't, you might want to check it out just so you know how to act on stage.


B+
Tom: This CD is really cool. The beginning is so rad - it starts out with Five Iron Frenzy's introduction and the first song they did at Conerstone 1999. If you were not there, which I wasn't, they came out and opened up with the intro to the Stryper tune "To Hell With the Devil." All I can say is that Reese should have been in an 80s hair band. I didn't know a singer for a ska-punk band's voice could get that high. The band really picked a good variety of songs too. Three of the songs on this CD are not even out yet on any of their other CDs, and the rest of the songs are all their good ones. Another thing that I really liked about this CD is that it's a good representation of their live sound. Five Iron isn't known as the tightest live band, and it shows a little bit on this live CD, but in my opinion that's a good thing. I hate when bands record a live CD, then go into the studio and totally change things around. They also have a lot of clips from their onstage antics, something that always goes along with a good Five Iron Frenzy concert. This CD reminded me why I really like this band. They are fun, they are good, and even though they are a ska-punk band they are still kind of doing their own thing. If you're not a fan of Five Iron Frenzy, or think that because they are "ska" that you won't like them, then I would recommend checking out this CD. It's a really good example of why so many kids are into them.


B+
Tim: This record is great. I don't normally like live albums, but this one is great. The recording is really good. The music selection is good, so the CD is like a greatest hits album. They also talk a lot in between songs, and to me, that is the point of a live album, especially when the band is funny. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this the first few times I listened to it. After that, it got old. I don't think it has a lasting quality, but it's definitely something everyone should hear a few times.

B+
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