I recently had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with bassist
Keith and guitarist
Micah of Five Iron Frenzy about their music and views about Christian music,
other things. In a spacious room at the Living Word Christian Center in
Maple Grove, MN, all the
(The W's and The Insyderz included) were dining on a filling pre-performance
Chinese, fruit, and banana bread (mmmm!). They graciously took some time out
to pull up
a chair and talk.
(Editor's Note: I hope no one cares we do multiple interviews with bands. We like to keep you up to date.)
---When's your next album coming out and how is it different from your
Micah: Well, it's live! It comes out on Five Minute
It's a compilation of 11 shows, and all the names of the audience members
will be featured
in the album jacket in teeny-teeny print!
---What's it been like so far touring with The Insyderz and The W's?
M: We're used to playing with other ska bands. Last year we did the skamania
the Supertones and the Insyderz and before that we did the Ska Against
Racism tour with,
like, 8 other ska bands including Less Than Jake, yada, yada, yada. . .
Keith: The cool thing about both those tours was that there wasn't two bands
--How do you approach the spiritual aspects of your music and band? Do you
FIF as a ministry, like do you feel obligated to show your faith through
M: I perceive our lives as a ministry. We're obligated to represent who we
Christians through our lives.
K: I feel the only obligation we have is to live the way God has called us
to live, and that
might manifest itself in musical ways. For FIF I think it does, but I don't
necessarily true for every "Christian" band.
--A lot of bands in the Christian market get discouraged for different
reasons. What are
some of the pros and cons of being involved with the Christian music scene?
M: One of the things that is discouraging to me is that the industry part
itself is kind of
lame because they've been doing it for such a long time that they've (the
industry) have become jaded towards the whole point. One of our challenges
is not to
become jaded ourselves and to try and get some life back into the industry
and just pray
about it. It's just important to have God in the center of everything.
K: I think a big problem with Christian music is when people stop doing it
for God and
start following the industry's standards, because that's the way to sell
records, instead of
doing what God's will has called them to do.
--Is there anything else we can expect form FIF in the near future?
M: In April we have a full length album coming out. We're recording it in
We don't know the title yet. We have a lot of ideas, though!
---Is there a message you could send to the kid who's trying to "make it" in
business, or for the kids in a band?
M: Just do it for God because if you do it for yourself eventually that
purpose runs out.
---Is there any onstage embarrassing moments you have worth sharing?
M: There's been so many it's to the point where they're not even embarrassing
Keith had a bad case of diarrhea onstage once!
K: But I didn't tell anybody about it until like a year later so that
embarrassing. I've fallen over onstage a couple times. One time I tripped
and fell in St.
Louis and had to finish playing the song on my back! Scott, our old guitar
me! But that's because I was jumping up and down next to his microphone
make it smash his teeth while he was singing background vocals, (laughter).
One time in
Florida I just jumped, landed wrong, tripped, and had to finish that song on
my back, too!
---Do you have any TV characters you really relate to?
K: Um, I have favorite TV shows.
K: The Simpsons and Futurama, Dr. Katz, David Letterman. I wish there was
music show that actually played music. M2 is pretty cool. Don't get me
movies, though! I have to say however that Blade Runner, The Blues Brothers,
PeeWee Herman's Big Adventure are three of the greatest ones ever made!