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2010 release from the American Rock/Hip Hopsters. 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. 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.

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The world is an island now. The water level is rising. Who will turn the tide? 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 MCs, 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 sang on Late Night Television (The Tonight Show, Conan O'Brien, Carson Daly), led followers for change with a high-charged performance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, performed in Washington, DC on election night and toured the United States and Europe. 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." PRODUCED BY MARIO CALDATO JR. (Beastie Boys, Beck, Jack Johnson, Moby)


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Cracks In The Surface (Album Version)Flobots 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Effect (Album Version)Flobots 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Defend Atlantis (Album Version)Flobots 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. If I (Album Version)Flobots 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. White Flag Warrior [feat. Tim McIlrath]Flobots featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. By The Time You Get This Message... (Album Version)Flobots 5:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Airplane Mode (Album Version)Flobots 5:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Whip$ And Chain$Flobots 3:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Good Soldier (Album Version)Flobots 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Superhero (Album Version)Flobots 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Infatuation (Album Version) [feat. Matt Morris]Flobots 4:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Panacea For The Poison (Album Version)Flobots 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 16, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic
  • ASIN: B0036ZKLRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,974 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Dathen M. Johnson on March 16, 2010
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Last year around this time I ended up stumbling upon this band, trying to find a new metal band to get into. After listening to several bands that sounded almost exactly alike, and feeling bored, I somehow ran into these guys; and it was such a breath of fresh air compared to what I was listening to prior and obviously it was the exact opposite of what I was looking for. Instead of heavy music with some jackass screaming his throat out of commission, I got a fusion of the Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Dave Matthews band, Yellowcard, and two mc's who have quite an original style, and a flow that lives up to the band's name.

Fight with Tools ended up turning into one of my favorite albums that I found last year, and the follow up album to their 2007 major label debut is defiantly an excellent follow up to that album. It takes everything that I loved from that album to the next level. It's heavier, slightly darker in themes but at the same time (and somehow) very upbeat in the music, and musically a lot more technical than the last album. I'm on my sixth listen right as I'm writing this, and I can already say that this album is probably better than the last album, which I honestly wasn't expecting. I didn't think they could beat their last album, but I think they just might have, though it will take many more listens to know for sure.

The album opens right away with a bang with two very heavy tracks with very impressive rapping on "Crack's on the Surface" & "The Effect", then the album slows down a little bit with "Defend Atlantis", a song that reminds me the most of the last album's all around vibe. "If I" then kicks in with some very impressive rhythm on the drums & bass. The song slightly reminds me of Gorillaz for some reason.(?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nic Halabicky on March 26, 2010
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I am a huge fan of the flobots and their message, i loved Fight With Tools to death, it's absolutley incredible, it's so fresh with that violin and rap beats and the occasional trumpet. The whole sound is just so unique and amazing. This album, is great, for today's music, but it's not as good as their last album. If you're new to The Fobots get their last album first because it's better. Anyway, one of my biggest fears about this album is that they would lose what made them original in the first place. I've seen it happen to a lot of great bands, they release their first hit album, and it's awsome!and they're launched into the mainstream. When their next album comes out, you're all axcited about it, and when you hear it, it sounds like every other band out there. The problem is the record company and whatnot but I won't get into that. But I'm glad to know that The Flobots did not fall to this! this album sounds almost as unique as the last. There's alot of rapping on it though, I would say almost every song. On the last album, their was more diversity.
Anyway my favorite songs include defend atlantis, (the last half of the song is amazing) white flag warrior, (while this song sounds a little too mainstream, i still like it) good soldier, (really like the melody on this one) ad superhero. but i really like all the songs on the album.
umm, anyway i think you should get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Constantineau on April 11, 2010
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In an age where jaded ennui-laden lyrics swamp public discourse and narcissistic musicians jostle for the next photo session, The Flobots are such a refreshing alternative. "Survival Story" is more earnest and more autobiographically fragile than the Flobots' last effort, and for that it is more rich, and indeed, even more hopeful. The Flobots remind us that we will be battered by ever-rising tides, but they also encourage us to stand firm and keep on fighting with the tools we have. Every tme I see the Flobots perform live and every time I listen to "Survival Story" I am reminded not to give up. As long as the Flobots keep on hoping, so will I.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris D. on March 29, 2010
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In case you haven't realized by now, the Flobots don't do this gangster, b*tches, drugs, and money crap that is commonly associated with today's rap and hip-hop. They are serious about their music, and just as serious about their works (see Fight With Tools . org). It definitely shows with Survival Story.

Being a big Flobots fan before Survival Story, I was not sure what to really expect. The first time I listened to Survival Story, my skull was still intact (as in, my mind was not blown). Don't get me wrong, the music is phenomenal -and unique- but I didn't really catch on at first. The second listen (and third, and fourth, so on...) proved much better for me, and I was able to really listen to the lyrics and grasp the messages in each song, which are beautifully written by Jonny 5 and the gang.
So the moral of this review, don't throw this cd away, it really is a keeper. Give it a couple listens and you will see what I mean.

If you listened to Fight With Tools as many times as I did, you will find the musical style very similar in Survival Story, which of course is a good thing. I think there is a little more viola and a little more rapping in this album (compared to FWT), but once again, they are defining features of the album, not degrading features.

Survival Story is a great album, but although I do give it 5 stars, it does not stand up to Fight With Tools (no pun intended, see FWT's playlist). If you have SS but not FWT, definitely go out and get FWT. I don't really know why, but that album is just so powerful and amazing.
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