Bell's Eccentric Cafe

January 12, 2018 - 8:30pm

Event Door Time: 
January 12, 2018 - 8:00pm

$15 Advance / $20 Day of Show - Tickets available at Ticketweb.com and Bell's General Store

Must have valid photo ID to verify age (21+) and identity at the door.

Flobots - Handlebars

Flobots have been singing their smart and infectious anthems for a better world on stages
throughout the United States, and around the globe, for the past decade. Formed in 2005, the
alternative hip hop band was, from the beginning, committed to pushing musical boundaries
and engaging their audiences in new ways. In recent years, this meant working at the
grassroots level to encourage communities to raise their own voices through collective song. It
was this work off the stage that inspired Flobots’ highly anticipated fourth album, NOENEMIES
(release date May 5, 2017).
NOENEMIES is, without question, Flobots’ most ambitious and sophisticated statement to date
- both lyrically and musically. Each of its stand-alone tracks serves as a powerful, poignant new
anthem, with surprises both subtle and grand. Taken as a whole, the album tells a story that is
enormous in breadth, with a sound that is enveloping and electrically charged, befitting of the
finely crafted, carefully chosen words. NOENEMIES compels the listener to delve and to
contemplate, to share and revel.
For the recording of NOENEMIES, Flobots’ core trio - emcee’s Brer Rabbit (Stephen Brackett)
and Jonny 5 (Jamie Laurie) and drummer Kenny Ortiz - enlisted the help of trusted musical
friends to bring their vision into reality. Producer Gabriel Otto worked intimately with the band
to craft a distinct sonic landscape, recruiting a string section, horn players, and a gospel quintet
to layer recurring motifs over the band’s signature grooves. They teamed up with founding
Flobot Mackenzie Gault (viola) and longtime musical collaborator Serafin Sanchez (saxophone,
keys) to co-write a number of songs. The band incorporated voices, melodies, and words from
throughout their collaborations - both on and off stage - into the songs on NOENEMIES.
NOENEMIES challenges contemporary culture’s shaming of ‘imperfect’ voices, and our
tendency to reserve the right to raise one’s voice to those on stage. As Flobots know from
personal experience - performers in American culture are elevated above the crowd. They
know that maintaining a barrier between audience and performer is the conventional wisdom,
the cultural practice, and the business model. But NOENEMIES brings the songs back to the