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Family Force Five brings the party to Rock & Worship Roadshow

Atlanta party band Family Force Five perform at the Rock and Worship Roadshow.
Atlanta party band Family Force Five perform at the Rock and Worship Roadshow. Special to The Bee

For Family Force Five, the word Christian is a noun – never an adjective.

The Atlanta five-piece doesn’t just walk the line between Christian and secular music, it dances over and around it, pulsating wildly and bringing its audiences along for the party.

“Our faith plays a huge role in who we are and how we live our lives,” says guitarist Derek Mount before the band’s spot Friday, Feb. 26, at the Save Mart Center as part of the popular Rock and Worship Roadshow.

But faith is not the agenda.

“Our agenda is to bring some kind of joy to people,” Mount says.

They do that with tongue-in-cheek fun-time party music that incorporates radio-friendly pop and electronic music with guitar-driven crunk-metal. This is a band whose debut album was titled “Business Up Front/Party In The Back,” whose members are known for wild fashions and wacky nicknames. Mount is known to fans as Chap Stique, because of a severe addiction to lip balm. The band is from Atlanta, “ATL, the dirty South,” a place famous for artists with names like Big Boi and 50 Cent.

“We got kind of jealous,” Mount says. “We started it as kind of a joke and it stuck.”

Family Force Five is known for its connections with Christian Contemporary Music – this is its third year on the roadshow. But it also tours like road dogs, playing more than 200 days a year in front of any audience that will have them. Mount remembers the band ending a tour with Christian music stars Mercy Me and immediately hopping a plane for a show with Alice Cooper and Iron Maiden. They also played alongside more-contemporary bands like 3OH!3 and The Maine on a 2009 tour for Alternative Press magazine.

The band has built a grass-roots fan base by playing thousands of shows and sometimes sleeping on the floor of fans’ living rooms and going to Waffle House with them the next morning.

That paid off when singer and founding member Solomon Olds left the band in 2013 and was replaced by his brother (and the band’s drummer) Jacob Olds.

“The fans have really loved watching the evolution of the band,” Mount says.

Jacob (Crouton to fans) brought a new creativity to the band, Mount says, both with vocal style and his on-stage performances.

“He’s got these incredible dance moves,” Mounts says.

Joshua Tehee: 559-441-6479, @joshuatehee

Rock and Worship Roadshow

  • 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26
  • Save Mart Center
  • Tickets: $10 at the door
  • 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com
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