“Social change and civic organization are towering goals… Such goals require time, integrity and carry- through. And less than three years after first coming together, the Flobots are here to show their fans and peers what they’ve done — and how others can do the same thing, both musically and political.” – Denver Post
“the band is rap music’s most singular breakthrough act in years” – Boston Herald
Flobots formed in 2005. In the midst of the previous year’s election frenzy, childhood friends Jonny 5 and Brer Rabbit teamed up with violist Mackenzie Roberts, integrating live hip hop with a passion for voter engagement. Guerrero, then the front man for local funk band Bop Skizzum, convinced the trio to add live instrumentation, and the current incarnation of Flobots was born. Mobilizing connections in the musical and non-profit communities, the group began to garner a reputation for elevating their live shows as socially aware ‘happenings.’ Sustained by a dedicated fan base and a commitment to artistic autonomy, the group rallies their audiences by practicing the progressive value system they promote and plugging fans into the Flobots’ own nonprofit organization. The Denver music scene responded, nurturing the Flobots’ penchant for activism and individuality. The local edition of their breakthrough indie release, Fight With Tools, hit the Denver streets in 2007. “Handlebars,” rocked local radio stations and quickly made the band’s self-produced offering the #1 hip hop break through on the independent charts.