Flobots Celebrate Kick Off of Debut Album Fight with Tools with Outdoor Hollywood Live Performance/In-Store
Universal Republic Hip Hop Newcomers to Perform Live at Hollywood & Highland Courtyard Outside of Virgin Megastore on May 20
'Flobots Live' Sponsored by Rock the Vote, MySpace, Virgin Megastore, KROQ, and Universal Republic Records
New Single ''Handlebars'' Across The Board Smash; #1 Six Weeks in a Row on Radio Station KROQ; Debut album Fight With Tools In-Store May 20
Universal Republic Records' new Rap/Rock breakthrough band Flobots will be celebrating the May 20 release of their debut album, Fight With Tools in style, performing live at Hollywood, California's Hollywood and Highland Courtyard, (outside of the Virgin Megastore) at 6:00 pm. Fans who purchase a copy of the much anticipated new album will receive a wristband entitling them to a signed copy of the new CD at the Flobots In-store appearance, which will take place at the H&H Virgin Megastore after the show. Co-sponsors of the Flobots event include Virgin Megastore, 106.7 FM KROQ, Universal Republic Records, MySpace - which will be giving away promotional items for the day - and Rock The Vote, which will be registering fans to vote.
The Denver group has been taking the music world by storm, with their debut single "Handlebars" becoming one of the fastest moving singles of 2008, soaring to #1 on the Alternative chart, and holding down the top spot on Los Angeles' influential radio station KROQ for six weeks running. The new video for the single has also become one of the most requested rap/rock clips in memory, leaping to #1 on FUSE's Rock Countdown, and catching a prime spot a la TRL's First Look.
Directed by groundbreaking video production/animation collective Dirty UK, the video's breakthrough animation style perfectly captures the provocative Denver band's fluid mixture of edgy hip hop, combustible funk/rock, and socially aware wordplay that has made them one of the most talked about newcomers of the year so far.
The new single achieved its Top Ten status in less than 3 weeks of release, the first song to corral such a milestone since Semisonic did it a decade ago with their hit "Closing Time."
The song has also become a digital and MySpace phenomenon, soaring to #10 on the iTunes hip hop chart, with the digital version of the band's CD climbing to #2 on the iTunes hip hop countdown.
Their May 20th outdoor gig is being sponsored by a roundtable of luminous music industry tastemakers, including Rock The Vote, Virgin Megastore, KROQ, MySpace and Universal Republic Records. The group recently performed live at the KROQ Weenie Roast to thank fans and the radio station for their support of "Handlebars" and spread the word about the May 20th release date for Fight With Tools.
Celebrated for their raucous and engaging performance style, which includes the eclectic interplay of viola and funk-fueled rhythm section, the group will also appear on the Last Call with Carson Daly on the day of the album's release, hitting the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on June 5.
Jonny 5 - MC
Brer Rabbit - MC
Andy Guerrero - Guitar
Mackenzie Roberts - Viola
Kenny Ortiz - Drums
Jesse Walker - Guitar