Five Iron Frenzy
District Square, Kalamazoo
June 14, 8 p.m.
districtsquare.com, (269) 312-7246
As a recent Kickstarter success story, the lads and one lady of Fire Iron Frenzy have shattered records and fan expectations with an unprecedented flood of fundraising from enthusiasts hungry for a comeback. With almost seven times their initial fundraising goal met, the pressure was decidedly on for FIF to deliver a thing of exquisite taste, and 2013’s Engine of a Million Plots did not fail to disappoint, any more than its supporters failed to disappoint the wishes of its creators. As the original godfathers of Christian ska (or, as we like to call it, Plaid Pants for Jesus), FIF left fans reeling after disbanding in 2003, which has made the opportunity to catch the band live and in the throes of big, brassy action all the more an appealing treat. Though they’ve had some ups and downs – founding member Scott Kerr famously quit over a personal disillusionment with Christianity – the band has continued to persevere, if only in memory during its off years. They have, dare we say, managed to rise again for the good of all humankind. Rock on, guys (and girl).