Five Iron Frenzy

August 12, 2013

How many of us grew up listening to the wonderful music of Five Iron Frenzy???  Ok, I’ll admit it, I actually didn’t.  I mean, I knew a song or two but I shamefully admit that I listened to the more “pop” Christian music like Plus One, Stacie Orrico, Rachel Lampa, and Reliant K.  Thankfully, my wonderful husband has a better sense of music than I do and I now listen to quality music. Since he has always listened to good music, Nate grew up listening to Five Iron Frenzy.  They are so good!  It definitely takes a quality band to combine silliness, deep spirituality, and wonderful instrumental/vocal performances.  Sadly, in 2003, this fabulous band broke up. A while ago, Nate came home so happy!  He told me that he had found out that Five Iron Frenzy was planning a reunion album and tour!  He anxiously waited for the release of the first song off the album and played it so many times I was humming it in my sleep.  (I was very thankful it was a good song!  You should probably listen to it while you read the rest of this post!) It Was a Dark and Stormy Night by Five Iron Frenzy on Grooveshark When Nate found out that Five Iron Frenzy was coming to Portland as part of their reunion tour he had to get us tickets!  He was like a kid at Christmas!  Friday night we headed to NE Portland to enjoy a night of music! 1146519_10151764546103855_966725504_nSource Even though I hadn’t listened to FIF growing up, I happily tagged along with my man.  I mean seriously, I’m not going to turn down a date night.  We found a spot in the balcony with a great view of the stage and caught up with some friends from college who had also come to see the band. Finally, the lights dimmed and the first opener, Showbread took the stage.  IT WAS HORRIBLE!!!!!!!  Ok, maybe I’m over exaggerating a bit but I really didn’t like them.  They were a punk scream-o band full of headbanging, skinny jean wearing, hip gyrating men.  Seriously, it put me in a foul mood.  I didn’t take a single picture of them because I wanted them off the stage.  (Ok, I’ll admit that they may have been really good for their genre.  I don’t know because I don’t listen to scream-o music.  It was more their genre that I didn’t like, not them as a whole.) When Showbread finally got off the stage, Mike Herrera came on.  He was the lead singer for the band MxPx (which I also didn’t listen to as a teenager – are you sensing a trend here?)  MxPx was a punk rock band and Mike Herrera played some of their songs on his acoustic guitar with just a drummer accompanying him.  It was fun to hear how he arranged punk rock songs to make them conducive to an acoustic setting.  Thankfully, he was very enjoyable and put me back in my good mood. FIF Finally, the moment we all were waiting for arrived!  Five Iron Frenzy took the stage!  They were so fun!!!  The band members were very engaging, funny, and talented!  It was a blast rocking out with them!  They are such a fun rock/ska group!  I mean, seriously, what other rock groups have trombone, saxophone, and trumpet players? fif2 I asked Nate what one song of Five Iron Frenzy’s he would recommend to someone who had never heard of FIF to get them hooked and without missing a beat he told me “Every New Day.”  His wish is my command… Every New Day by Five Iron Frenzy on Grooveshark fif3Source It was such a wonderful night, allowing Nate to reminisce about his youth and for me to understand why he is so in love with this band!

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