Family Force 5 (often abbreviated and as of 2018 officially named FF5, formerly known as The Phamily and The Brothers) is a Christian crunkcore[1] band from Atlanta, Georgia.[2]


Early history and The Family (1993-2003)Edit

Family Force 5 was formed in Atlanta, Georgia. Three of the five members, Solomon (AKA: "Soul Glow Activatur"), Joshua (AKA: Fatty), and Jacob Olds (AKA: Crouton), are sons of Jerome Olds, a Christian artist popular in the late 1980s. Prior to the formation of Family Force 5, the brothers were members of a "boy band" known as The Brothers, releasing Fact and Reality (1994) and RPM (1995). Both albums were released on Star Song Records, and produced by their father.[3][4]

Between The Brothers and Family Force 5, the brothers had a band called Ground Noise, which they classified as "a really bad version of Third Day."[5] Next, the three brothers added Derek Mount (AKA: Chapstique) and Nathan "Nate" Currin (AKA: Nadaddy. Before the band chose the name Family Force 5, they used the name "The Phamily" but were forced to change it later due to copyright issues with Prince's band, The Family.

A decade later, the band signed with Maverick Records for distribution to the mainstream market before signing to Gotee Records for the Christian market. Under the name "The Phamily", the band sought a dual recording deal to better distribute their music to both the mainstream and Christian markets.[4] According to Solomon Olds, "To me, and pretty much anybody that's under my age, most Christian music is a turnoff. I don't want to be affiliated with that. I want to be affiliated with something that is great music. I feel that Maverick and Gotee together can pull that off."[3]

Family Force 5 and mainstream success (2004-2007)Edit

On March 21, 2006 the band released their first full-length album Business Up Front/Party in the Back which was an instant hit in both the Christian and mainstream markets spawning several hit singles such as "Love Addict" and "Earthquake". Both of these songs, like many others on the album, are heavily focused around the guitar. Their debut album has been both disparaged and praised by Christian and non-Christian critics respectively for not containing overtly Christian content in any of its tracks. In March 2007, their debut album was re-released as Business Up Front/Party in the Back: Diamond Edition, which contains three previously unreleased songs.[6] During this time, Family Force 5 contributed the song "Mind's Eye" for the compilation album Freaked! A Gotee Tribute to dc Talk's "Jesus Freak". For Christmas, Family Force 5 released a few Christmas-themed audio blogs. They also recorded "Grandma", a cover of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". Also a new unreleased song entitled "Whatcha Gonna Do with It" was added to the Hip Hope Hits: 2008 record.[7] Another previously unreleased song, "Master of Disguise", was posted on YouTube. However due to mixed fan reaction to the song it was not slated for release at the time.

Dance or Die (2008)Edit

In June 2008, the band released an EP entitled Dance or Die - EP to debut three songs from their upcoming album Dance or Die. On August 19, 2008, the full-length album was released taking on a more club oriented, electronic dance sound than Business Up Front/Party in the Back with less guitar. The full-length album, Dance or Die, received a favorable review in World Magazine.[8]

Blake Soloman of had the following to say about the album; "Even though Family Force 5 may be the musical equivalent of mixing Mentos and Coke-–lots of build up for something that only ever happens one way-–I find myself oddly pleased with Dance or Die."

Dance or Die sold 17,000 copies in its first week and debuted at 30 on the Billboard 200. By the end of January, the album had sold over 50,000 units and during early 2009 the band embarked on the AP tour from March to May promoting the album and headlining concerts throughout the U.S.[9]

Dance or Die with a Vengeance and Christmas album (2009)Edit

In May 2009, the band debuted their remix album of Dance or Die; Dance or Die with a Vengeance. It featured remixes by The Secret Handshake, 3OH!3, Danger Radio, Jasen Rauch of Red, Matt Thiessen of Relient K, David Crowder of David Crowder Band, Alex Suarez of Cobra Starship, and more.[9] The album debuted at #180 on the Billboard 200, #15 on the Christian Albums chart and #6 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[10]

Around this time, Solomon Olds created a remix of the song "Best Night of Our Lives" by Everyday Sunday.

On September 5, the band unveiled a new song called "Keep the Party Alive" which was featured on an EP, titled Keep the Party Alive EP. The EP was released exclusively at Target to promote the Halloween themed Skelanimals on September 15. Other tracks on the EP include 3 songs from Dance or Die with a Vengeance, 2 songs from Dance or Die, and two music videos.[11]Next, The band embarked on their third Dance Rawr Dance Tour, along with Breathe Carolina, Cash Cash, Queens Club, and i-Rival.

On October 6, the band released a Christmas album titled Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant, containing ten tracks including their own version of "My Favorite Things".[12] The album debuted at #14 on the US Dance charts.

In mid-November 2009, the band hit the road on the Christmas Pageant Tour. On this tour was House of Heroes, Remedy Drive, and All Left Out. On the tour they performed their versions of Christmas classics as well as their very own originals. On November 30th it was announced by the FF5 StreetFORCE that Joshua had been admitted to the ICU of a local hospital and that a Kidney specialist had been called in after his condition deteriorated.[13] Later it was confirmed that he was suffering from kidney failure and that he was undergoing dialysis treatment. The band at first vowed to continue the current tour they were on, The Christmas Pageant Tour, so as not to disappoint fans, however, as Joshua condition worsened, the band canceled a few shows, but then made a return for the rest of the tour. Joshua is now out of the hospital and back playing shows.[14] [15]

Third studio album (2010)Edit

In January 2010 the band toured Australia and New Zealand, playing shows for the Parachute Music Festival and its Australian offshoots.[16][17] In February 2010, they toured with Cobra Starship in the United Kingdom. In March and April 2010, they will be part of the lineup of the Rock and Worship Roadshow with Mercy Me, David Crowder Band, Fee, Remedy Drive, and more.[18][19]

The band has confirmed a third studio album, which is tentatively slated for release in mid-2010.[20]

The band will be contributing a song to the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack (titled Almost Alice), called "Topsy Turvy". The song did not make the standard soundtrack,[21][22] but it will be one of two bonus songs on the special Hot Topic edition of the soundtrack. The song premiered on their MySpace page on Monday, February 8th.

This year, the band is also releasing their music to the UK market for the first time.[23]

On 2nd March 2010, Family Force 5 were confirmed to be playing the UK leg of the traveling festival, Sonisphere. This will be the band's first UK festival appearance. The band also announced 6 UK and Ireland headline dates to coincide with their Sonisphere appearance.[24] [25]

Musical styleEdit

Family Force 5 uses elements of hip hop music, post-hardcore, alternative rock, punk rock, and club oriented crunk, crunkcore, electropunk, electronica and nu metal with positive, party lyrics in their music.[26][27][28][29][30].

When asked about their "Love Addict" video and its relation to their Christian image, Solomon Olds stated "They want Sandi Patty all over again. They want Amy Grant. And most times, its people that don't understand new art, new videos... We want to make music that is for God, but at the same time, we want to make music that people enjoy and that they're not turned off by."

Band membersEdit

Current membersEdit

  • Solomon Olds a.k.a. Soul Glow Activatur (2001-present) – vocals/rhythm guitar
  • Derek Mount a.k.a. ChapStique (2005-present) – lead guitar
  • Jacob Olds a.k.a. Crouton (2001-present) – drums/vocals
  • Joshua Olds a.k.a. Fatty (2001-present) – bass/vocals
  • Nathan Currin a.k.a. Nadaddy (2001-present) – keytar/vocals/Family Force 5000/percussion

Former membersEdit

  • Brad Allen a.k.a. 20 Cent (2004-2005) – guitar
  • Steve Heimler (2001-2003) – guitar



Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Heat US Christ US Dance US Mod. Rock NZ Albums Chart
2006 Business Up Front/Party in the Back Maverick Records/Gotee Records 12 17
2008 Dance or Die Tooth & Nail Records 30 1 8 12[31]
2009 Dance or Die with a Vengeance Transparent Media Group 180 15 6 27
Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant Tooth & Nail Records/Transparent Media Group 24 11


Other releasesEdit

  • Blingin' Blogs, Vol. 1 (2008)
  • The Really Real Show: Season 1

Non-album tracksEdit

  • "Master of Disguise" [1]
  • "Grandma" [2]
  • "Love Addict" (RAC Mix) [3]

Non-album compilationsEdit


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  2. Family Force 5 Artist Profile | Biography And Discography |
  3. 3.0 3.1 Farias, Andree (2006-05-15).Break Dancing … With Jesus? Christianity Today. Retrieved 2007-02-05
  4. 4.0 4.1 Farias, Andre (2006-03).Business Up Front/Party in the Back. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  5. JfH Interview 2006
  6. Tobymac Rolls Out New Project with "Portable Sounds" Tour. Retrieved 2007-02-05.
  8. "Dance force" World Magazine, David Sessions July 12, 2008
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  26. Family Force 5 Biography on Yahoo! Music
  27. Family Force 5 Biography - AOL Music
  28. Family Force 5 | View the Music Artists Biography Online |
  29. Business Up Front/Party In The Back - Wal-Mart
  30. family force 5 : Alternative Rock : Music : Target Search Results

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