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Rise Above EP

by For Felix

For Felix's newest release, "Rise Above", fuses together elements of rock, punk, and pop music with a unique twist, and parts that will not leave your head for months to come.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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1. Where It Knows
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2. A Simple Message
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3. Just Tell Me
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4. Cherry
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5. Too Sad For Hollywood
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6. Dirtroads To Destiny
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7. Repeater
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
For Felix is:
Dan Perea - Lead Vocals/Bass
Jeff Krenn - Vocals/Guitar
Whit Maull - Guitar
Patrick Jolkovski - Drums

Selling albums overseas, touring the country, watching the crowd dance and sing back your lyrics, living your dream..

This is the life of Bridgewater, New Jersey based band, For Felix.

Currently a four piece rock/pop-punk band, For Felix started in 2002 with then drummer Jay Gelardi, bassist and vocalist Dan Perea, and guitarist Whit Maull. Perea, a New Jersey native, who then resided in California, spent much time writing and playing music with Gelardi and Maull during the holiday season in which he was in New Jersey visiting. With similar musical interests such as seriously pursuing a musical career and a great chemistry between the three, Gelardi convinced Perea to move back to New Jersey to start a band, For Felix.

Together, the trio put together a home-recorded makeshift EP, “Still in Pieces.” Not long after, the band recorded their first full length “Everyone’s Got a Girlfriend” which was released in April 2003. To finalize the band’s line up, For Felix added another guitarist, Pete Petrocelli, who played his first show with the band in April 2003 at the annual three day music extravaganza known as Skate and Surf Festival in Asbury Park , New Jersey.

With the For Felix line-up complete, the band ventured out into the world of touring twice across the Midwest with Minnesota band, The East Side Heroes.

In May 2004, the band teamed up with producer John Naclario, who has worked with Brand New, Matchbook Romance, and etc, to record the new EP, “Rise Above.” In the meantime, the band continued to play more and more shows including the Flipside Festival in Alexandria, VA, the Indianapolis Music Fest, and tours with Detroit band, Forever the Way and ska legends, MU330. Then with the release of “Rise Above,” in November 2004, For Felix hopped on the "Punk The Clock" tour with My American Heart, Greeley Estates, Gym Class Heroes, and The Q.

After the tour, the band sadly parted ways with Petrocelli and Gelardi who aspired to pursue other things in life. In January 2005, Patrick Jolkovski from Phoenix, AZ entered the mix and became the new drummer for For Felix. Then in July 2005, Jeff Krenn, former front man of Albany, NY band Third To None hopped on board to play guitar and lend his voice.

Since the release of “Rise Above,” For Felix has revered in success, making appearances on several different tours, playing two sets at the 2005 Bamboozle Fest and lending tracks to various compilations such as “Punk The Clock” and Pure Volume/Drive Thru Records "Bands You Love, Have Heard Of, And Should Know", while continually selling CDs across America and internationally in Japan, Australia, France, England, Canada and many more countries.

“Our goal is to get our music heard by as many people as we can,” says Jolkovski. “We’re playing music we love, and giving it our all. We’re not letting anything hold us back from doing this,” adds Maull.

As a band, For Felix is making its mark and emerging into the music scene with their surefire drive, and brilliant musical ingenuity.

“We want to be the band that you had a great time with your friends with--the band you are reminded of driving down the highway listening to the music or the band that you were with your friends at a show with and just had fun,” says Jolkovski. Maull adds, “If people can look back and say they came to a show and had a great time, or if our songs put a smile on someone’s face, or helped them through a hard time, that's all I could really ask for.”


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Ben - Punk Press Online

“Rise Above,” is a brilliant EP. Having had their MP3’s on my computer for over
The East Coast strikes again. For Felix self released their “Rise Above EP,” in 2004. This seven track EP is full of guitar-riff goodness, driving drums, and very strong vocals.

“Where It Knows,” is an exceptional opening tack. Opening hard, the listener could be deceived. However, as the track progresses, its pop-sensibility comes out in the very catchy chorus." Try to rise above/Try to find the love/’Cause it’s better than being alone/Take my hand and try to understand/That the sun only goes where it knows.” With a sensational breakdown, this track was a no brainier for the opening track.

“A Simple Message,” opens with a driving drum beat and acoustic guitar for the first verse. As the second verse picks up, a great guitar riff comes blazing through that causes the head to bob. Once again, the chorus of this track could not be wittier. “So don’t mistake this message/ It shouldn’t be to hard for you/ The one who never makes mistakes.” Clever lyrics like this are what make this album fun and different from, the other pop-punk albums out there.

The depressing track, “Just Tell Me,” is all about lies. This track slows down the pace of the albums, and really showcases the bands talent. The tempo fits the lyrics wonderfully. The lyrics to this track speak for themselves. This song is for anyone who has ever been screwed over before by someone who they have loved.

“Cherry,” is driven by the bass guitar. Very few albums, show case the bassist’s talents. “Cherry,” could possibly be mistaken for one of those songs heard on MTV. This song is perfect in every way. For Felix found their niche in this song. If they can write an entire album like this, radio stations across the US will be playing their music. The ambient guitar break-down is something unique and blends wonderfully into the track.

“Too Sad For Hollywood,” is another slow song with a fast chorus. The vocals on this track seem a tad strained which makes this track so real. To many bands aim for perfection on the vocals. This perfection takes away from the realness of the album. This song has everything from a slow verse to a packing verse to a heavy building chorus. This song is a For Felix sampler all in one track. In the end of the track, a layer of strings blends in to make the song come to a close.

The most driving track on the album is “Dirtroads to Destiny.” This track is an-thematic. It is one to get the fists pumping and the crowd moving. With some hints of metal riffs intertwined in this song, it showcases the diversity of this band. The intense breakdown ceases to amaze me each listen.

There is no better way to end an album than with an acoustic track. “Repeater,” closes out the album on a great note. This is one of the most amazing acoustic tracks I have heard in a long time. Layers of strings, bells and guitar blend together with the deep emotional lyrics to create a masterpiece. Many bands attempt to create an acoustic song, but fall short. For Felix hit the target, dead center on this track.

“Rise Above,” is a brilliant EP. Having had their MP3’s on my computer for over six months, I regret not listening sooner. These guys have something going for them. Their ability to shape their songs is a skill many bands lack. It has been a year since an album has been put out and the guys are now writing again. Imagine what their next album will sound like.