Having taken music fans by storm with their crunktastic debut Business Up Front, Party In The Back, Family Force 5
is enticing listeners once again with the Summer '08 release of their Dance Or Die EP, bringing a much more dance-friendly
sound to the table. With the EP just days from release, we caught up with FF5 front man Soul Glow Activatur (aka Solomon Olds)
to talk about the EP and the forthcoming sophomore release.
This interview took place on: 6/1/08.
Jesus freak Hideout (John DiBiase): With the Dance Or Die EP, you hope to give the fans a taste
of the newest chapter in the FF5 saga. What inspired the more retro dance flavor of these songs? Are they a good representation of
what fans can expect from the upcoming full-length?
Soul Glow Activatur:
We have been listening to a ton of dance-y type music over the past two years and feel that music is heading that direction anyway.
(Daft punk, Justice, Death from Above 1979 and LCD soundsystem to name a few.) YAY, DEATH TO EMO!!!!! It's called "Dance or Die"
for a reason... cause we want people to move and have fun! That will always be a staple in FF5 music and that is what separates us
from other bands also. No matter if you go to a rock, hip hop, or classical concert- you're always going to want to dance at the end
of the night and you need music to do that to. That is why we have our jobs- to provide music to move to! The rest of the record
will have a dance vibe but it also has some crazy rock stuff on it also. There will also be a slow jam or two on here!!
Whoa, did I just say that!?
JFH (John): Although the fans have to wait to see them, what was your inspiration for the great new throwback promo photos and EP album
cover art? Any specific artists or albums you had in mind for mimicking this style?
We wanted something that stood out like Pink Floyd or Van Halen album covers. There is also a sci-fi vibe to this album-
a military type futuristic feel and we wanted to capture that in an image. There is a story being formed about the whole album
right now based on a planet that has been annihilated by robots and the only way to defeat them is to dance! DANCING IS YOUR WEAPON!!
JFH (John): Do you have a favorite out of the three songs on the EP? What kind of
lyrical themes can fans be looking forward to on the new record?
Soul Glow: I really like all of them right now. I think "Dance or Die" is a fun song to listen to. It has chopped
up samples in it and just has an ear candy quality to it. It is about the whole Robot's-killing-off-the-humans vs FF5's ability to
defeat them with their dance-y rock sounds. "Fever" is about catching a fever from the Holy Spirit and turning up the heat in your
life while spreading it to others. "Wake the Dead" is pretty explanatory because it is talking about waking up a dead society
and waking up the people that want to keep it that way- music, politics, and spirituality need to be woken up today.
JFH (John): Any particular summer movies you're looking forward to?
Soul Glow: Indiana Jones for me!! The Incredible Hulk and, well, I don't know what else
because we have been working all this year. The Happening looks kind of interesting also
JFH (John): Are you disappointed at all by the gloves for the new Hulk movie being made out of cheap crummy fabric instead of the crunk-ify-able foam ones from the last film?
Soul Glow: I haven't even seen what they are made of now but the foam is great cause you can punch people
in the face with them without really killing them. I had to do that on the Heart Support tour where this guy was getting a little
too crazy with my band members and he was getting way too crazy when I was near him so I clocked him real fast. He thought it was
cool, but I was just trying to defend myself from being hit so many times. It was a Christ-like lovingly hit in the face :)
JFH (John): Ideally, which Transformers would you like to see appear in Transformers 2?
Soul Glow: Pretty much any of these characters (except the Dinosaurs) that turn into cassette tapes rule.
Here is a link that you can go to see them:
Eject (Autobot humanoid cassette tape),
Decepticon Frenzy, Decepticon Ratbat,
Autobot Rewind, Autobot Steeljaw, Autobot Grandslam, Autobot Raindance, Decepticon Beastbox,
JFH (John): Which classic cartoon from your childhood would you like to see make a triumphant comeback?
Soul Glow: VOLTRON: the movie and maybe Thundercats: the movie. I would also love to see some M.A.S.K. comeback.
JFH (John): Any last comments you'd like to make to the JFH readers that love you almost as much as we do?
Soul Glow: Yeah, thanks so much for liking our new song "Fever". We were a little nervous because we want to
blow away our old record. Get ready to dance a ton this year with FF5!! Come and see the live show too on Warped tour!!!
Family Force 5' new EP, Dance Or Die, is available now from digital music sellers everywhere.