The first studio album in three years from Alternative Pop/Rock band Family Force 5, Time Stands Still, released Aug. 5 from Word Entertainment and makes its debut this week at No. 1 as the best-selling album on the Christian/Gospel Overall and Digital Album, Current Contemporary Christian and Christian Rock/Alternative/Rap overall SoundScan charts while hitting No. 17 on the Overall Digital Albums chart and No. 30 on the Billboard Top 200. The album’s first Christian AC/CHR radio single, “Let It Be Love,” also picked up a Dove Award nomination for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year. The nomination was announced today from Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, where the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards ceremony is set to take place Oct. 7.
“Let It Be Love” continues its ascent on the charts as it emphasizes the incredible, life-giving power of grace. Hitting No. 6 this week and climbing at CHR, the song is also “New & Active” at both AC Monitored and Indicator charts this week. The song further picks up new adds and increased spins on Air 1, SiriusXM, WBVM (Tampa), KADI (Springfield, MO), WGTS (Washington, DC), WLFJ (Greenville, SC), WJLZ (Norfolk, VA) and KBNJ (Corpus Christi, TX).
In addition to the single, Family Force 5 is receiving support for Time Stands Still from their peers. Artists like Thousand Foot Krutch, KB, Newsboys, Building 429, Tedashii, Meekakitty, Bart Millard, Group 1 Crew, Disciple and many others are encouraging their Twitter and/or Facebook followers to check out the new album.
The acclaim continues as the Midland Reporter-Telegram, in advance of Family Force 5’s main stage performance at Rock The Desert in Midland, TX (Aug. 9), declares that “there’s a relentless energy from [Time Stands Still’s] opening track ‘Sweep the Leg’ to the closer ‘This Is My Year.’ The songs don’t just play, but explode out of the speakers.” Arena.com adds, “On Time Stands Still, the band returns to their energetic old form, while adding some new twists.” NewReleaseTuesday.com agrees, “One of the album’s strong points is its energy. With Time Stands Still, Family Force 5 serves up songs on fire with a passion for life that is instantly infectious.” Other critics have suggested “blasting this album with your windows down” and labeled the recording “album of the year,” “raw, brash and fun,” “crazy, but awesome” and “gritty, modern, creative, exciting.”
Family Force 5, which has been at the forefront of driving video content throughout its career, released its first music video from Time Stands Still “BZRK (feat. KB)” May 23. Already approaching half a million views in less than three months and gathering over 4,150 likes on YouTube, the video also went berserk on MTV.com, becoming the No. 1 most viewed music video on the site. The song is also No. 12 Rock with a bullet at Christian radio and continues to gain spins at stations and networks around the country, including Effect Radio Network, Radio U (Columbus) and WYSZ (Toledo).
Known for electrifying crowds worldwide with its unique blend of dance and rock, Family Force 5 will be taking new music from Time Stands Still, along with fan favorites, on the road with Newsboys and 7eventh Time Down. The 28-city “We Believe Fall Tour” begins Sept. 18 in Memphis (Germantown, TN) and traverses the country before wrapping up Nov. 16 in Youngstown, OH. For the latest tour itinerary, go to www.facebook.com/familyforce5/app_123966167614127.
Produced by Riley Friesen and Seth Mosley, Time Stands Still also features “Sweep The Leg,” “Glow In The Dark” and more songs that Family Force 5 member Jacob Olds says “step outside of the box from the way faith-based artists have traditionally sounded and worked.”
Story Source: Hoganson Media
Read our review of Time Stands Still here.