Back when I was first introduced to ska in high school, Five Iron Frenzy was one of those bands that I fell in love with right away.
Over the years I've had the opportunity to see a lot of the bands that have inspired me live, on-stage. And with FIF reunited and touring again, I was able to cross them off my list this weekend at Durty Nellie's in the burbs.
They played a lot of tunes from the new album Engine of a Million Plots— which I love, but is definitely a change from the past. Their sound has evolved into a heavier (and slightly more mature) rock-with-horns style from the siller ska-punk days of yore. But for anyone afraid of FIF taking themselves too seriously, just check out their track "Battle Dancing Unicorns with Glitter."
FIF was joined by Chicago's Still Alive, and Ska's The Limit— a new ska band out of Illinois State. Sadly, the ruthless Chicago traffic kept me from catching their set, but I heard great things. Hoping to see them soon.
You can check out some sweet pics from the Five Iron Frenzy set below:
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