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Five Iron Frenzy: An extensive oral history of the band straight from the members themselves

Five Iron Frenzy is a Colorado band with a lengthy and storied history. Initially formed as a side project to Exhumator, an industrial-thrash band, Five Iron became a full-time endeavor when its founders -- frontman Reese Roper, bassist Keith Hoerig, guitarists Micah Ortega and Scott Kerr, and drummer Andrew Verdecchio -- realized they had a great deal more fun playing ska than the metal that had originally brought them together. The outfit formed just in time to be a part of the short-lived wave of ska that happened in the second half of the '90s and included bands like Less Than Jake, Skankin' Pickle, Goldfinger and No Doubt.

See also: - They're punk. They're ska. They're Christian. They're Denver's Five Iron Frenzy - Five Iron Frenzy reunion: FIF posts new song, announces plans for new album - Reflecting on the rise and fall of Five Iron Frenzy

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.