As liberal as their lyrics may sound, not all of the Flobots voted for Barack Obama in 2008.
â€œHe came across as an anti-war guy,â€ said Jamie Laurie, the lead singer â€“â€“ commonly known as Jonny 5 â€“â€“ of the six-member band. â€œSo some of us, but not all of us, supported him. I mean, heâ€™s wavering right now on closing Guantanamo Bay.â€
Flobots exploded onto the downtown Fort Collins scene Friday night as headliners for Bohemian Nights at NewWestFest, playing to a crowd of 7,500 people.
Flobotsâ€™ newest album, Survival Story, dropped March of this year, and was recorded in Fort Collins, making the three-day outdoor music festival somewhat of a homecoming for the group.
â€œWe played NewWestFest in 2007,â€ Jonny 5 said. â€œI donâ€™t remember what spot we were, but we were early in the set. To be able to come back and headline the festival is an honor for us.â€
Bohemian Nights, a program under the Bohemian Foundation, is the festivalâ€™s title music sponsor and focuses on helping bands build their musical rapport.
While the rest of the band lounged in the trailer in the background, the 32-year-old lead singer said what he misses most about living a normal, Denver-based life is teaching.
â€œI taught at East High School in Denver for so long, and then one day you have to announce that youâ€™re leaving everyone to go pursue a rapping career. It was a hard thing,â€ Jonny 5 said.
Even after helping write and perform â€œHandlebars,â€ the No. 3 most listened to song in the country in 2007, Jonny 5 has not lost his desire for instilling passion and a need to inspire movement in todayâ€™s youth.
The Flobots have crafted themselves into a band that not only sings about community activism, but also mobilizes younger generations to â€œview music as a tool for therapy, community building, leadership development and action,â€ he said.
The bandâ€™s organization, www.flobots.org, is the result of the bandâ€™s need to make a tangible difference with their lyrics.
After spending many days and nights roaming around Fort Collins in between recording sessions, Jonny 5 has a clear message to Colorado State University students.
â€œI hope anyone reading this that maybe doesnâ€™t believe that they are an agent of change knows that the world really does need them,â€ he said.
â€œAnytime that you see pain in the world, take that personally and find a way that you can take whatever your talent is â€” whatever your tool is â€” and utilize that.â€
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