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Song Explanation: “I Am Jack’s Smirking Revenge”

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This is the eighth of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The eighth song on the list is “I Am Jack’s Smirking Revenge.” You can find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation. 

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Full album available for purchase at iTunes and at our online store.

See Five Iron Frenzy play live at these upcoming shows.

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I am Jack’s Smirking Revenge

Can’t you feel the angst just eating at you?
Tape your knuckles for the fight.
Someone said the first shall be the last,
see you on the streets tonight.

And if you change your mind,
here and now- with the rising tide,
if you change your mind
cast your nets on the other side.

You are not the contents of your wallet,
you are not the space you rent.
When you’re eighty-five with no scars to show
the winner of our discontent.
Whose lips have you been kissing?
Hang your future from a blade.
Win it all, but something’s missing
maybe drank the wrong Kool-Aid?

Explanation from Reese Roper:

It’s pretty sad when you can gather more truth from the movie Fight Club (or the book, which is cool, if you’re into, you know, reading), than you can from 90 percent of what the modern church is peddling. Hey guess what? Jesus was homeless. On purpose! He said money is at the root of all evil. He said to pay your taxes and submit to your authorities! All of the Commandments can be solved by just loving God, and loving others. It’s really easier than picketing the funerals of dead Marines, and far less embarrassing for the rest of us. Love? Remember that? You should check it out.

Bass Lessons From Scott: “Into Your Veins”

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Scott Kerr, our bass player, would love to give you a run through of a few of our new songs. Today’s video is “Into Your Veins” from our album “Engine of a Million Plots.” Check out the video below:

Bass Lesson & Song Explanation: “Someone Else’s Problem”

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This is the fourth of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The fourth song on the list is “Someone Else’s Problem.” You can see Scott Kerr, our bass player, give a run through of song. You’ll also find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation. 

Full album available for purchase at iTunes and at our online store.

See Five Iron Frenzy play live at these upcoming shows.

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someone else’s problem

You’re cutting some corners,
leave nothing for mourners,
leave nothing for the people
in all those other places.
Just don’t look at their faces,
and you can believe,
that they don’t bleed,
like you.

You want to close your eyes,
you want to make believe
this tangled web you weave,
is nowhere near the place you sleep,
while other people’s lives are cheap,
and all of this is someone else’s problem.

And here lies the problem,
it’s not that you rob them
just look the other way.
Just make some more excuses.
Your life stems from abuses,
of other people’s lives you’ll
never have to see.

Explanation from Reese Roper:

I can quote a million statistics right now, with a ten-minute internet search, to show you how corrupt and ignorant the Western World is to the plight of the rest of the planet. There are more people in slavery today than were carried on slave ships from Africa to the Western Hemisphere during the entire history of the slave trade. Chances are, at least one piece of clothing you are wearing right now was made by children. We live in a society that exists because our governments exploited people. In the United States it was slavery, stealing land, breaking treaties, using immigrants for cheap labor, Jim Crow laws, and paying substandard wages to women and minorities (which is still happening). The list goes on and on. In modern times, because of our 24-hour news cycle, the culpability for such greed has moved from governments to corporations. And yes, you benefit from it. Every time you buy something not manufactured in a handful of responsible countries, you are benefitting from the exploitation of someone else. As a Christian, it is abhorrent to me to think how lazy the Body of Christ has become about this. Statistically, we could end hunger – COMPLETELY ERADICATE ITS EXISTENCE THREE TIMES OVER – by just taking the tithes of the American Church, and spending it on food for the hungry… IN ONE YEAR. Three times over. Imagine how much easier it would be to explain the Love of Christ to other people if they had actually seen us doing something with it.

Here is how you can do something with it:

Disrupt the Business of Slavery – Made In a Free World
http://fiveiron.co/madeinafreeworld

Help End Childhood Hunger
http://fiveiron.co/endhunger

Help Provide Access to Safe Drinking Water
http://fiveiron.co/hydromissions

Change A Childhood:
http://fiveiron.co/childfund

Sponsor a Child – Compassion International:
http://fiveiron.co/compassionintl

Donate to Feeding America:
http://fiveiron.co/feedingamerica

Five Iron Frenzy: The West Is Best Tour

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Five Iron Frenzy: The West Is Best Tour
Denver 9/17 – Albuquerque 9/18 – Phoenix 9/19 – Las Vegas 9/20

DENVER, CO – 9/17/14

Five Iron Frenzy
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hi-Dive
7 S Broadway,
 DenverCO 80223

Doors: 8:00 PM, Show: 9:00 PM

21 & Over

Tickets: http://fiveiron.co/hidive

ALBUQUERQUE – 9/18/14

Five Iron Frenzy
w/Archabald & the Echoing Green
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lobo Theater
3013 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Doors: 6:30 PM, Show: 7:00 PM

All Ages

Tickets: http://fiveiron.co/abqtix

PHOENIX – 9/19/14

Five Iron Frenzy
Friday, September 19, 2014

Nile Theatre
105 West Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Doors: 5:00 PM, Show: 6:00 PM

All Ages

Tickets: http://fiveiron.co/mesa

LAS VEGAS – 9/20/14

VIVA SKA VEGAS
9/20 FREMONT COUNTRY CLUB
601 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, Nevada

(Inside Stage)
Five Iron Frenzy 11:40p-12:45a

Tickets: http://fiveiron.co/cw

Zen and The Art of Xenophobia: Music Video & Explanation

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This is the third of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The third song on the list is “The Zen and The Art of Xenophobia” We released a “new” music video back in November 2013 for the song via AltPress.com along with a short interview with Reese. You can see the new music video below, the words to the song and Reese’s explanation. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation. 

“Zen & The Art of Xenophobia” by Five Iron Frenzy
From their album “Engine of a Million Plots”

Directed by Ryan Grams

Video premiered online first at AltPress.com

Full album available for purchase at iTunes and at our online store.

See Five Iron Frenzy play live at these upcoming shows.

the zen and the art of xenophobia

Cling to your god and guns,
the banjo’s playing Hot Cross Buns,
Bucket seats set to recline
no need to cross the county line.
Are the Arabs closing ranks,
about to roll some Russian tanks?
Shut the doors and save the kids,
lock and load- just like Jesus did.

The United States of Amnesia
make us numb, make it dumb, anesthesia.
Cut the cord, close the door, we don’t know ya,
it’s the zen and the art of xenophobia

Let’s keep them separate,
melanin just can’t succeed.
“Give me liberty… or something.”
It’s better if you just don’t read.
Crank your phasers up to “slaughter”
Turn your wine back into water.
When you play this song-Al Qaida wins,
and Jesus was American.

Explanation of the song by Reese Roper:

This is what you can do when you don’t have a record label. Also, this is what living in the gun-crazy center of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, does to you in an election year. I really believe that the Biblical model is to let Christianity influence our politics, not to be the politics. There are few things more embarrassing for me, than the endless parade of jack-wads currently using the name of Jesus Christ for political gain in this country. Historically, the name of Christ has been used since the first century to justify countless atrocities. You would think that in a country that has barely just emerged from slavery and institutionalized racism- we would approach things with a bit more caution. We still don’t get it. Stop using the name of Jesus in your politics. Our political machine is driven by fear and greed, and the promise of those two things. Neither one of them being an attribute espoused by anyone in the New Testament. Especially Jesus. Our nation is split in two, with one side parading xenophobic madness as a means of political gain. This is not how Christ taught us to behave.

PS- Christians: If you think that things like taking care of the Earth, treating women and people with different color skin than yours as equals, protecting children from being mowed down with semi-automatic rifles, feeding and clothing the poor, taking care of widows, the sick, and the elderly- are political stances, you are being used. You have two jobs as a Christian, to love God, and to love others. If your politics are getting in the way of that, if your fear is keeping others from doing that- then please rethink your life.

What New FIF Music Video Is Your Favorite?

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We have three music videos (so far) released from “Engine of a Million Plots.” We want to know, what one is your favorite? Watch the videos below and then share your favorites to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Pinterest and MySpace using the text below your favorite video!

#1.) “Zen and the Art of Xenophobia”

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 I vote for #ZenAndTheArtOfXenophobia as my favorite #FiveIronFrenzy music video! http://youtu.be/sYjmz19s-Lg

#2.) “Into Your Veins”

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 I vote for #IntoYourVeins as my favorite #FiveIronFrenzy music video! http://youtu.be/zeyiBKsYQXQ

#3.) “Battle Dancing Unicorns With Glitter”

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RIP Robin Williams

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As Mork would say, “Shazbot”.

RIP Robin Williams, tonight we pray for his friends and family who will deal with all he has left behind.

If any of you are having thoughts like his, please talk to someone, anyone. YOU ARE LOVED!

Need help and don’t know who to talk with? Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for help. 

We Play Philadelphia TONIGHT!

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Live Nation presents:

Five Iron Frenzy
w/Gasoline Heart
Friday, August 8, 2014

Theatre Of Living Arts
334 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:30 PM

All Ages

Tickets: $20

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