Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Explicit Version. When a pair of intelligent, visionary emcees joins forces with a battle-hardened, groove-fusing rhythm section, a classically trained violist, and a jazz trumpet player, the result is a sound that explores and expands the frontiers of live hip-hop. Progressive in both style and message, the band's ability to drop from symphonic rock-infused crescendos into stripped-down string-laden breakbeats has earned Flobots a reputation for both originality and authenticity. After originally forming as a side project in 2005, Flobots brought together Emcee's Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit with violist Mackenzie Roberts, guitarist Andy Guerrero, bassist Jesse Walker, trumpet player Joe Ferrone, and drummer Kenny Ortiz. By the end of the year, it was clear that the band's refreshingly positive message and nontraditional instrumentation gave it both a universal appeal and a marketable buzz factor. Whether sharing the stage with jam bands, indie rock acts, or hip-hop groups, Flobots connected with audiences and quickly reached a tipping point to became one of Denver's most influential bands.
Kerrang (Magazine) (p.51) - "[They layer] tongue-twisting, library-smart wordplay with loud guitars, punchy bass and haunting violas, taking in and melding their rock, hip-hop, jazz and classical influences into something very special indeed."
Flobots: Andy Guerrero (vocals, guitar); Mackenzie Roberts (vocals, viola); Jonny 5 , Brer Rabbit (vocals); Kenny O. (drums).
Personnel: Joe Ferrone (trumpet); Kenny Ortiz (drums).
Audio Mixers: Brett Stuart; Kyle Jones.
Recording information: Brotherhood Studios; The Wrecking Room.
Photographer: Matt Walker .