Saturday, November 26, 2011

Five Iron Frenzy is NEITHER dead or dying





For those who may not know, I am a BIG fan of Five Iron Frenzy. They are a Christian punk/ska band from Denver, CO formed in the early 90's. My buddy Matt at Selah introduced me to them before I became a believer.  He made a CD with Christian artists like Jeremy Camp, Skillet, Five Iron, Pillar, TFK and KJ-52 as a witness to me. Much appreciated buddy!!
FIF split in 2003 after an incredible career spanning almost a decade. Songwriter Reese Roper (seen above with me)  is quite the poet in his songs and is very outspoken about issues in the church such as the treatment of "outcasts and homosexuals". One song in particular that stands out is Fahrenheit
In this song, Reese talks about Freddie Mercury dying of aids, at first saying "I was in eighth grade, I said he was a queer, I thought he had it coming,  he died of AIDs that year. My liberty, Like Christ's death meant nothing to me".  ouch!! that's harsh, but later in the song Reese redeems himself by saying "Love the sinner, hate the sin". Another song, I posted years ago called "Under Bridges" he says that "Jesus dying of AIDS can see right through you"  and "Saviour of the prostitutes, drunkards, rapists and the gays". 
Wow... powerful! The man knows how to write a song that plucks the heartstrings. 


But his best song, is with side project Brave Saint Saturn, is a song called "Daylight". No words can describe how great it is. Just watch:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8RlZD4oT00 When I met Reese (see above pic) I told him that Daylight is a masterpiece and the greatest song I have EVER heard. 

So......Five Iron Frenzy is BACK!! New song on the website and an upcoming tour. Thinking of road tripping to Denver for the show!! yeah that's right!!! Brace yourself for the mediocre!!! (oh the truly EPIC!!) The journey from Kitchener to Denver would be a loooooong one but so worth it!

Top 10 FIF songs

1. World Without End
2. Every New Day
3. Eulogy
4. A New Hope
5. Fahrenheit
6. Handbook for the Sellout
7. Where the Zero Meets the Fifteen
8. Far, Far Away
9. Dandelions
10. On Distant Shores

Top other Reese Songs

1. Daylight-BS2
2. Estrella- BS2
3. Gloria- BS2
4. Matthias Replaces Judas- Showbread & Reese
5. Under Bridges- BS2
6. Still The One- Roper
7.  The Beginning- Showbread & Reese
8. Shadow of Def- BS2
9. 2-29- Bs2
10. Heart Still beats- BS2