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8 November 2007 by , Comments Off


(c) 2005 James A. Laurie

I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars
I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
No handlebars
Look at me
look at me
hands in the air like it’s good to be
and I’m a famous rapper
even when the paths’re all crookedy
I can show you how to do-si-do
I can show you how to scratch a record
I can take apart the remote control
And I can almost put it back together
I can tie a knot in a cherry stem
I can tell you about Leif Ericson
I know all the words to “De Colores
And “I’m Proud to be an


Me and my friend saw a platypus
Me and my friend made a comic book
And guess how long it took
I can do anything that I want cause look

I can keep rhythm with no metronome
No metronome
No metronome

I can see your face on the telephone
On the telephone
On the telephone

Look at me
Look at me
Just called to say that it’s good to be
In such a small world
All curled up with a book to read
I can raise funds open up a thrift store
I can make a living off a magazine
I can design an engine sixty four
Miles to a gallon of gasoline
I can make new antibiotics
I can make computers survive aquatic conditions
I know how to run a business
And I can make you wanna buy a product
Movers shakers and producers
Me and my friends understand the future
I see the strings that control the systems
I can do anything with no assistance

I can change the nation with a microphone
With a microphone
With a microphone

I can split on atom of a molecule
Of a molecule
Of a molecule

Look at me
Look at me
Driving and I won’t stop
And it feels so good to be
Alive and on top
My reach is global
My tower secure
My cause is noble
My power is pure
I can hand out a million vaccinations
Or let’em all die in exasperation
Have’em all grilled leavin lacerations
Have’em all killed by assassination
I can make anybody go to prison
Just because I don’t like’em and
I can do anything with no permission
I have it all under my command

I can guide a missile by satellite
By satellite
By satellite
I can hit a target through a telescope
Through a telescope
Through a telescope

I can end the planet in a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
In a holocaust
I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handle bars
No handlebars
I can ride my bike with no handlebars
No handlebars
no handlebars


Album – Fight With Tools – 2007


The Story So Far…

14 February 2010 by , Comments Off

When we last left Flobots, there was a war going on for your mind. Apathy, fear, and militarism reigned. Many people failed to understand their own power.

Flobots responded by waking people up, bringing them together, and telling them they were not alone. They used broad-brush strokes to paint giant murals supporting peace, hope, and change. On the charts and at the ballot box, these slogans had an effect. The mood of the populace shifted.

Now, those murals have begun to crack and fade. People are taking a closer look at what’s behind the slogans, and seeking to come to terms with what they find. Exhaustion. Hypocrisy. Ego. Frustration. Quagmire. Wars with no exit strategy. Lifestyles that are non sustainable. American flag bandanas made in China. Everywhere, we are encountering limits.

Enter the Flobots once more. The situation is more complicated now. The populace is cautious and jaded. The old slogans will not suffice. What is needed is new story.

Survival Story is a vision of hope for a world facing its limits. While others revel in the dystopian, the Flobots remain committed to their ability to rise together. Navigating the coming years will require new tools. It will require narratives that cause us to reexamine our priorities, redefine wealth, and re-inspire ourselves. It will require that we come together in the face of death and write the story of our own survival.

Paying it back, paying it forward.

Six Flobots dedicated to social action, change and thought. Two emcees, childhood friends Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit, began Flobots organically, looking for like-minded musically inclined individuals. Enter viola-wielding Mackenzie Roberts and guitarist Andy Guerrero who made Flobots their home in 2005. Bassist Jesse Walker and drummer Kenny Ortiz completed the roster. The Denver collective grew their audience by playing live shows and cultivating a strong following of people who loved the combination of live music and social awareness.
The rocket launched; Flobots’ Fight With Tools raced up the charts, bolstered by the Top 5 single “Handlebars” and “Rise.” One of the most buzzed-about newcomers of 2008, they performed on Late Night Television (The Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien, Carson Daly), led anti-war marchers into the streets of Denver {after a highly charged performance} during the Democratic National Convention in Denver, performed in Washington, DC on election night and toured the United States and Europe. In September of 2009, the group opened up the Community Center in Denver, headquarter for their community work. The organization helps with everything from school arts programs to voter registration.

Not surprisingly, our heroes found themselves with so much more to say.

Holed up in Blasting Room studio in Ft. Collins, CO with Producer/Mixer Mario Caldato (Beastie Boys, Money Mark, One Day as a Lion), Flobots had a lot to get off their collective chests. They didn’t just tour the world they listened to it. From message boards to emails to comments left on social networking sites to actual conversations (remember those?), Flobots paid attention to what was being said. Andy believes, “Talking with the audience before and after shows gives us constant inspiration, and motivation, to keep doing what we do.”

Each and every person has a story to tell but struggle is a universal theme.

That’s not so say that the band that so eloquently declared on “Fight With Tools,” “We need heroes/ build them/ don’t put your fists up/ fill them” didn’t have their own internal battles while making their follow up. As Jesse opines, recording a Flobots record is “Like a virtual reality reenactment of the French revolution.” Emcee Jonny 5 summed up the creative experience thusly: “Our greatest asset as a band is that we are six passionate people who invest ourselves fully into our music. We have made an explicit commitment to value everyone’s voices in this process. That means every time we write new songs we create a new process. It’s not always pretty, and it’s not always easy, but it’s the only way we know how to do it.“ The growth displayed by the band over the past two years has been astounding,” asserts Kenny, “Our collective experiences in that time has informed our songwriting as a team, as well as our personal relationships and how we relate to each other as musicians.  It’s evident on Survival Story.”

They need not worry about the process; the CD is a sonic boom of thought provoking expression, melding funky guitar riffs with a heavy bass n’ drum backdrop and a fiery viola. Survival Story begins with a foreboding warning in “Cracks in the Surface,” as the music rises like a tsunami, Roberts’ tense viola threatening to explode. Having galvanized their audience to change, Flobots understand complications come from transformation.

Lead single “White Flag Warriors” is a breath of fresh air against the backdrop of jingoistic, ole glory waving war. The band is courageous enough to wave the white flag, not for the sake of surrender, but for the idea of unarmed negotiations. Tim Mcllrath from Rise Against joins Flobots on the chorus reminding listeners “this is love, not treason.”

But Flobots aren’t always against the establishment – they take responsibility too. Songs like “Whip$ + Chain$” and “Infatuation” (a cacophony of funk like none other on the record) demand we take a good look at ourselves, because we are part of the problem, with our desires, materialism and mounting debts.

Says Jonny 5, “When people listen to Survival Story we want them to see themselves and their own stories, with all of their complications, questions, and frustrations. Rather than seek to hide them, we chose to embrace and even celebrate them as a part of a global transformation, one in which forces of violence, hopelessness and waste will be composted into fertile soil from which new possibility can grow. We want to leave people with a sense of excitement that a new world is emerging, one which we have the power to shape, that a new story is being written and we must write it together. When the album is over, we want our listeners to walk away with a profound awareness of the cracks in the surface, a deep sense of what’s at stake and a strong resolve to make sure that the new world is one in which loved ones near and far, known and unknown, survive.”

The more things change, the more they stay the same.