Flobots, a funky six member hip-hop group from Denver, CO is making waves in the underground music scene, with their killer line-up (viola, guitar, bass, drums, and two smokin MCs) mixed with socially conscious songs. But before you think they’re just another activist band with a message to drill into you, you’ve got to hear their tracks. We haven’t heard anything this musically innovative in a long time. And it’s still in a musical package that’s accessible to all. The dance tracks are fun and playful, and yet full of history and sass.
Their first major label release, “Fight With Tools” drops on May 20. Our favorite track is, "Stand Up,” a song about our government's failure to respond to the hurricane Katrina disaster:
"We still don't understand/thunder and lightening/flashback to when we didn't fund the damn/didn't fund the damn levy no wonder man/now a whole city's torn asunder man/underwater but we still don't understand/we've seen hurricane spills overrun the land/through gaps you couldn't fill with a hundred tons of sand/no we still don't understand."
And these guys put their money where their mouth is, with their own nonprofit flobots.org, which seeks to advance civic engagement, volunteerism, and creative expression through their music community. Current projects include "Live at DCH" where several band members teach music classes at the Denver Children’s Home, a nonprofit which shelters and supports abused kids. How cool is that? We love people who lead by example. CGG has a serious band crush!
The band has blown up in recent weeks; their first single, "Handlebars" has been named the Most Added at Alternative Radio. Be sure to check them out when they come to a town near you and listen to their tracks at http://www.myspace.com/flobots .