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Flobots’ sophomore album Survival Story sounds like they grew up listening to plenty of Tool and Rage Against the Machine — especially the latter where socio-political lyrical content is concerned. But it’s hard to tell if the Denver sextet are trying to bring back rap-rock or simply blasting guitar distortion and impressive fretboard dexterity in between their rhymes to punctuate their political message (which mostly revolves around ending the Middle Eastern occupation and bringing the troops back home). Either way, Mackenzie Roberts’ viola actually upstages most of the guitar work here with her dramatic swells and tension-building drones. If the opening cut “Cracks In the Surface” doesn’t grab you right away, its following number “The Effect” will, as MCs Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit throw down some ping-pong call-and-response rhymes, while Mackenzie approximates turntable scratches on the bow. The apocalyptic-based “Defend Atlantis” sounds more like a result of watching the disaster movie 2012, but their anthemic anti-war hit “White Flag Warrior” makes up for it with a cameo by Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath.

Customer Reviews

Astounding, you are an image.

Fantastic album, so many bands play the same old crap and this is revolutionizing not only music but what music can do. You continue to be my inspiration and role model to want to be an inspiration and role model. It defines an entire new area of music, it is not new age, punk, alternative, rap, ska, it is flobots, it is undefined. Even if you don't like their style you cannot refuse to give them respect for activating so many people and inspiring change. I hope to see more, your hearts are as amazing as your music. Keep the knot between them...
-Jake Ryan

The Best of Flobots by far

It reaches another level and I recommend this to everyone! It has its own eloquency and passion that will reach your inner core. That was probably unnecessary but, Well worth the drive! I recommend Airplane Mode and cracks in the surface for a drive of some sort ha. Atlantis and Good Soldier for mellow yet, powerful meaning songs.

Survival Story is sure to be a successful release for the Flobots!

Exceptionally powerful both lyrically and musically. Definitely worth purchasing!!! I hope the album's success leads to another in the future.


Formed: 2005 in Denver, CO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Featuring dual MCs as well as a full band, Flobots are a progressive rap group from Denver, CO, with a political conscience, musical chops, and a powerful live show. Influenced by progressive rappers such as the Roots and Common as well as alternative hard rock bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Tool, Flobots were founded in 2005, comprised of MCs Jonny 5 (born Jamie Laurie) and Brer Rabbit (born Stephen Brackett) -- who originally met in elementary school -- along with musicians Andy Guerrero...
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