Sometimes when a band gets big, a few members decide to do solo projects or form their own side projects. Christian ska masters, Five Iron Frenzy have 3 creative fellas who decided to do a little extra. This "extra" is Brave Saint Saturn, the creation of Reese Roper, Keith Hoerig, and Dennis Culp.
Forget the fact that these guys are key members of Five Iron. Forget that Reese not only does vocals for Five Iron, but for bS2 also. Forget that a couple songs remind you a little tiny bit of Five Iron. bS2 is s moody modern pop/rock space band that can't help but have fun sometimes.
"Shadow of Def" throws a curver ball with a groovy and fun, yet controlled, hip-hop influenced tune complete with lingo and a silly rap by executive producer Frank Tate that's so humorously bad, it's reminiscent of Steven Curtis Chapman's attempt on his song "Got to B Tru." But it's all good since it's not meant to be taken seriously. "Resistor" is a good pop tune, with a sound oddly similar to "The Lumber Song" by Eli. "Fireworks," although not giving credit to anyone else for lead vocals, does not sound like Reese, but my guess is, since it's written by Dennis, he leant his vocal talents. This song really illiminates any 5 Iron similarities and sets the band apart.
"Rocketown," a cover of a Michael W. Smith/Wayne Kirkpatrick tune, was done in horn-less FIF style. The album ends with "Moon Burns Bright," "Two-Twenty-Nine," and "Gloria," 3 ballads/ rock ballads that stand out as creating a different and new sound for the 5 Iron trio. So Far From Home is moody, passionate, and darker than the members' previous material. A unique project from a unique group of guys and an album to surely check out this summer.- Review date: 6/5/00, written by John DiBiase
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