Family Force 5
Dance or Die


2.5
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Review

by LiveForMusic USER (6 Reviews)
October 11th, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mindlessly fun and catchy CD. What did you expect from a CD called "Dance or Die"?

Family Force 5 is a rock band from Atlanta Georgia that is made up of:

Solomon Olds - Lead Vocals/Guitar
Jacob Olds - Vocals/Drums
Joshua Olds - Vocals/Bass
Nathan Currin - Vocals/Keyboards/Turntables
Derek Mount - Lead Guitar


There are some CDs that when you hear them you just know it would be better live. I got that experience from In Flames' "Come Clarity" and from Coldplay's "Viva La Vida", and now from Family Force 5's newest release, "Dance or Die". Having seen Family Force 5 (Which will from now on be referred to as "FF5") live by accident, I can say that, yes, their live show is the band's strength. Maybe it was the band's incredible energy, or maybe it was the fact that they seemed to know how ridiculous every song they where playing was, I can't be sure, but FF5's great show resulted in me picking up "Dance or Die".

Unfortunately, from the first track, you soon find out that the band needs to spend more time on their music, and less time on their show. The CD's opener "Dance or Die" starts with with a catchy riff with some keyboard in the back ground. The verse slows down, but goes into an infectiously catchy chorus.

It's a bit hard to tell if Solomon's rambling about dancing being his weapon is supposed to be funny, or if he's actually serious, which brings us to the primary issue with this CD. With FF5's last release "Business up Front, Party in the Back", there was never a question if the band wanted to be taken seriously or if they were making fun of themselves and dance music in general.

Don't expect anything deep or powerful lyrically here, FF5 only wants to build catchy dance music, and doesn't seem to care what the cost might be. The CD's lyrics go from passable, to laughably terrible, like in the song "Party Foul"

"Don't try to mess with my girlfriend
I'm here to call you out
You try to hit on my girl
That's what I call a party foul"

Ouch.

For the most part, the CD is fairly fast paced music, with the occasional song slowing things down, most notably "Share It With Me". It starts with a fun sounding piano and drum intro, that leads into some fairly good vocals. This isn't a bad song, but it feels a bit out of place with the generally quick pace of the songs before and after it.

There's really nothing more to say about this CD, except that every song is catchy in at least some way. If catchy music is a plus for you, then I could recommend this CD. If you're looking for something deep and meaningful, you'll be disappointed, but c'mon, it's dance music, what did you really expect?

Recommended Tracks:
Dance or Die
Share It With Me



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roofi
October 11th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Very nice review, I pos'd. Their first one was more fun; this one's not outlandish enough to make up for the sheer stupidity in their music. I quite enjoyed their set at Warped Tour, though.

HighandDriving
October 11th 2008


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

One, two, three, four, I declare a dance war.

marksellsuswallets
October 11th 2008


4848 Comments


Saw them at warped tour and was greatly entertained...not so much on cd though...they're more of a live band IMO...

Golgoroth
October 11th 2008


1084 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah they were great when I saw them. On the CD they're pretty fun but I can't listen to much of them at a time. When I first got Party Up Front I listened to the whole thing and thought "Wow I just sat through a whole CD of Family Force 5... I don't think I'll do that again."

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2008


20857 Comments


I've never heard of these guys & I'm confused. Throughout the review, the words "dance music" are used a lot. Yet, the genre on their band page is "rock" and people are talking about them being on the Warped tour. There is not one mention of a guitar in the review. So are we talking similar to a Cobra Starship-like band here...???

marksellsuswallets
October 11th 2008


4848 Comments


They're more like "dance-rock" if that makes any sense...in a way its like Cobra Starship as far as the poppy dance feel goes but they have an overall sound that's more centered in rock...its hard to compare them because of how ridiculous they are but yeah...hope that helped you a bit Davey and if not then eh...I tried haha...

roofi
October 11th 2008


959 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, FF5 is dance-rock. Their first cd was more nu-metal-influenced, had a lot of heavy distorted guitars; this one's more R&B/Daft Punk-influenced.

marksellsuswallets
October 11th 2008


4848 Comments


I think they played a song off of this at Warped but I really can't remember...anyways I basically haven't been exposed to this album at all yet but their old album was pretty fun...goofy, nonsensical, and a tad immature...but fun

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2008


20857 Comments


Yeah, that did help thanks guys. The "nu-metal influence with heavy distorted guitars" from their first album is a good enough mental picture. Although moving from that to an "R&B/Daft Punk" sound seems rather (shall we say) interesting.

natey
October 12th 2008


4170 Comments


I haven't liked anything I've heard from these guys, and if i remember correctly they look like a bunch of male pornstars

thejared
October 12th 2008


200 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was highly suprised on this .. I absolutely hated their first cd but this one just seems to hit the spot for me .. its so damn catchy .. but there lyrics need work

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atrink2
October 30th 2008


17 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i was pretty disappointed by most of the songs on the cd. the worst song i would have to agree is party foul

MisterBeefy
December 29th 2008


244 Comments


I just can't stomach this band

MentalityOfA
January 22nd 2009


1213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I thought their Business Up Front/Party in The Back was a lot better, i'm not saying that this one
is bad though, it's just not as good. I was expecting a lot more from them with this release.
Which sounds very different from their first, which is disappointing. They should stick with the
sound from their first album.This Message Edited On 01.22.09This Message Edited On 01.22.09

Asiatic667
January 22nd 2009


4648 Comments


I'll probably be seeing this band some time this weekend at a festival.
I may or may not feign over-the-top fanboyism for my own amusementThis Message Edited On 01.22.09

shrikeman1
May 30th 2009


128 Comments


This band is pretty weird.

endlessartix
July 15th 2009


275 Comments


haha this kid from my schools sister went to see this band they suck but shes like 15 and OMG FF5 ROXXX!

Deceptioneer
August 4th 2010


509 Comments


stfu man this is the best crunkcore ever right behind bc 13

Emim
August 4th 2010


26625 Comments


Fever is good.

KritikalMotion
August 4th 2010


2261 Comments


dance or die vid is so good

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