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Family Force 5 Biography


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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Years Active: 1993-present
Genres: Crunkcore, Christian Rock, Alternative Rock, Post-hardcore, Rap Rock


Family Force 5 (often abbreviated FF5, formerly known as The Phamily and The Brothers) is a Christian crunk rock band from Atlanta, Georgia. They consist of Solomon “Soul Glow Activatur” Olds, Jacob “Crouton” Olds, Joshua “Fatty” Olds, Nathan “Nadaddy” Currin and Derek “Chap Stique” Mount. Three of the five members 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” in 1994 and “RPM” in 1995. Both albums were released on Star Song Records, and produced by their father. 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.

In March 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.” 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 June 2008, the band released an EP entitled “Dance or Die EP” to debut three songs from their upcoming album “Dance or Die.” In August 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. “Dance or Die” debuted at #30 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In May 2009, the band debuted a remix album “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. The album debuted at # 180 on the Billboard 200, #15 on the Christian Albums chart and #6 on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

In October 2009, the band released a Christmas album titled “Family Force 5 Christmas Pageant,” containing ten tracks including their own version of “My Favorite Things.” The album debuted at #14 on the Billboard Dance chart.

Their third LP, “III,” Was released in 2011 and debuted at #61 on the Billboard 200. The song “Not Alone” peaked at #47 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart and “Wobble” at #20 on the Billboard Alternative chart.