Five Iron Frenzy Overview

Five Iron Frenzy (also known as Five Iron or FIF) was a Christian ska band formed in Denver Denver, Colorado , Colorado in 1995 and disbanded in 2003.

The band's music was most heavily influenced by ska and punk rock, but their influences also include heavy metal heavy metal music . Their songs often include salsa-style shouting, sophisticated literary and music references, and elaborate trombone solos. The band was signed to 5 Minute Walk in 1996, and stayed with the label for nine of its releases. Two other albums were self-released, and another was released through Asian Man Records.

The band never received any significant music industry awards, and received relatively little attention in mainstream media. Their biggest national exposure came when their song, "Oh, Canada" (which referenced William Shatner), appeared on the TV series Boston Legal (in which Shatner stars) in October 2005, almost two years after their last show. Over the course of their career they sold close to one million units in total.

They were known for their positive lyrics and energetic live shows. They often performed their concerts while wearing full costumes (mostly vocalist Reese Roper); on one tour the entire band wore Star Trek uniforms. The band was known for their themed tours, sometimes using them to raise awareness for social causes. On more than one tour they told fans to bring sock puppets on stage and help sing along. The socks, and fresh-bought socks alike, were then donated to a local homeless shelter. Their fan base was diverse, ranging from the socially and religiously outcast to the parents of teenage fans. The band played shows at both churches and secular venues throughout their career. The band's name began as an inside joke, and the band was generally known for their humour, displayed throughout their albums and on stage.

Recurring lyrical themes included the continuing injustices done to Native Americans Native Americans in the United States , the evils of consumerism, Christian hypocrisy, the shortcomings of the band, and the joy of finding renewal in their Christian faith.

Five Iron Frenzy started as a side-project of Reese Roper, Keith Hoerig, Micah Ortega, and Scott Kerr's band Exhumator.. Exhumator had an industrial thrash metal sound, but its members weren't into the style. and in December they played in Europe. By the time of the release of their next album, the band had sold over a cumulative half-million albums worldwide. According to Keith Horeg: "It's a rock record with horns, in the vein of Chicago Chicago (band) and the Rolling Stones, who have horns all over their records."

In late 2001 the band embarked on the "Electric Youth" tour with Relient K, John Reuben, and Ace Troubleshooter. On this tour again the audience was asked to bring socks for donation to local homeless shelters, and to make them into sock puppets for audience participation. On this tour the audience numbered about 1,200 per night, Socks were also judged afterward in a "Sock Puppet Pageant" of sorts, with prizes given in various categories. The tour's name is a tribute to Debbie Gibson, who wrote an album by the same name Electric Youth . They dedicated their final year to their fans, playing at many major Christian music festivals and releasing Cheeses...(of Nazareth), a collection of joke songs and B-sides, and their final studio album, The End Is Near. After clarifying that instead of "breaking up" they were "quitting," they embarked on a national tour entitled the "Winners Never Quit Tour" with Bleach Bleach (band) , Holland, and Cameron Jaymes. They played their final show on November 22, 2003 at the Fillmore Auditorium Fillmore Denver in Denver Denver, Colorado , Colorado. The night before the show Denver received a heavy snow, many fans wondered if the show would be canceled. This show had an attendance of over 3,600 people and was widely released in 2004 as the double disk Double album set The End Is Here, alongside The End Is Near.

Recent Developments

{{Rquote|right|If we do get back together, I think you should make us all eat a handful of mayonnaise.|Reese Roper on the possibility of a Five Iron Frenzy reunion. have haunted the band since their breakup. The band has always denied them, and many members have moved on to other projects. Reese Roper was involved in a short lived project called Guerilla Rodeo. this rumor was later dispelled by Leanor (the saxophonist) in a blog on her myspace page., but Reese Roper did however play an acoustic set at SoulFest 2008 as well as some hosting of the 'Inside Out' stage..

On July 22, 2008 after many years of dormancy the was relaunched with new content. The site is now fan run and hosts photos and content from the band's past as well interviews with formers members and news on their current projects. In August 2008, BraveSaintSaturn, the side project of Five Iron Frenzy members Reese, Keith, Dennis and Andrew which ran along Five Iron Frenzy for many years, also relaunched their to support their third album. Of interest to Five Iron Frenzy fans is Reese Roper's appearance on the site's message board and willingness to answer fan question about the happenings of Five Iron Frenzy's members over the past years.

On Sept. 16, 2009 it was announced through Facebook that a FIF DVD titled 'The Rise and Fall of Five Iron Frenzy' will be coming in Winter of 2009. was launched as well, with more details to be forthcoming. According to the Asian Man Records website, the DVD was released to preorders March 19, 2010 and will be available in stores in April 2010.

Related projects

*Yellow Second - included Kerr and Verdecchio; their third album, Altitude, was released on Floodgate Records in 2004; broke up in late 2005.

*Roper Roper (band) - Reese Roper also played in a band called Roper that put out one full-length album entitled Brace Yourself For the Mediocre. This album came out in Oct 2004 .

* Brave Saint Saturn - - Brave Saint Saturn (usually written by the band as braveSaintSaturn, brave saint saturn or BS2)[1][2] is a Christian rock band formed in Denver, Colorado in 1995.[1] The band is a side-project of former members of Five Iron Frenzy started by Reese Roper. The band calls their music style "astro-rock," although Reese has stated that this "doesn't mean anything."[3] The trilogy of albums are meant to artfully represent early life, adversity, and death.[4]

*Dennis Bayne - trombone player Culp released one album, Ascents, under only his first and middle names. The album contains an acoustic guitar Steel-string guitar and vocal interpretation of certain Psalms (120-131) from the Bible.

*Dance Mexican Dance / His Love Fellowship - saxophonist Leanor Jeff the Girl Ortega-Till was briefly involved in an electronica project alongside husband Stephen Till, who was the rhythm guitarist for Roper Roper (band) . Dance Mexican Dance was renamed His Love Fellowship before becoming dormant.

*Hearts of Palm - Leanor Ortega Till currently plays saxophone for Denver-based nine-piece pop ensemble Hearts of Palm, formerly known as Nathan and Stephen. Their sound can be described as eclectic and anthematic indie-pop.
* - Bassist Keith is currently playing with his wife Eryn in the country / folk band The Hollyfelds (
* - Guitarist Micah is currently playing with “Alan the Fisherman” (R. Alan Brooks II) in Soul Daddy (formerly known as Aquilibrium).

Origin of the band's name

An excerpt from an interview between Jesus Freak Hideout and Keith Hoerig appear below:

'Jesus freak Hideout:' What's the story behind the name "Five Iron Frenzy"?

'Keith Hoerig:' We got the name Five Iron Frenzy from a roommate of most of ours. He was kind of paranoid, and afraid that if he went outside on this particular night he was going to get jumped by some people. He had a golf club to defend himself and he said something to the effect of it being like "putter mayhem". Scott looked at the golf club he was holding, and noting that it was a five iron said, "No, more like a Five Iron Frenzy." The name stuck.
Studio albums

Live albums




#It's Funny, but Not Very Creative - (July 1996) - 7″ vinyl
#Miniature Golf Courses of America presents Five Iron Frenzy - (1998) - 7″ vinyl
#Brad Is Dead - (1998) - 7″ vinyl
#"The Phantom Mullet" - (2000) - Five Iron Frenzy/Philmore split 7″ vinyl
#"Far, Far Away" / "Kamikaze" - (2001) CD single* N/A w/Johnny Respect - March 1997
* N/A w/Dime Store Prophets, The Electrics, Dryve, Model Engine and Rose Blossom Punch - Summer 1997
* "Rock Your Socks Off" w/The Altered and The Echoing Green The Echoing Green (band) - Fall 1997
* "Ska Against Racism" w/The Toasters, Less Than Jake, Blue Meanies Blue Meanies (band) , Mustard Plug, MU330, Kemuri, and Mike Park - Spring 1998
* "Electric Youth" w/Relient K, John Reuben and Ace Troubleshooter - Fall 2001
* on Warped Tour - Summer 2002
* "Winners Never Quit Tour" w/ Bleach Bleach (band) , Holland, and Cameron Jaymes - 2003* Reese Roper – lead vocals
* Micah Ortega – lead guitar, Vocals Singing
* Keith Hoerig – bass Bass guitar
* Andrew Verdecchio – drums Drum kit , Vocals Singing
* Nathanael "Brad" Dunham – trumpet
* Dennis Culp – trombone, Vocals Singing
* Leanor Ortega "Jeff the Girl" – saxophone, Vocals Singing
* Sonnie Johnston (1998+) – guitar
* Scott Kerr (-1998) - guitar, Vocals Singing


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