Survival Story

Survival Story is the second studio album by Flobots, released on March 16, 2010.[1] It is the follow-up to 2007's highly successful Fight with Tools. Work on the album began in 2009, and it was produced by Mario Caldato, Jr. (of Beastie Boys fame). The album was met with mixed reviews from critics who commented on the band's political commentary being more preachy than their previous album.

Survival Story
Flobots - Survival Story.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 16, 2010 (2010-03-16)
GenreAlternative hip hop, alternative rock
LabelUniversal Republic, Island Def Jam
ProducerMario Caldato, Jr.
Flobots chronology
Fight with Tools
Survival Story
The Circle in the Square
Singles from Survival Story
  1. "White Flag Warrior"
    Released: February 2, 2010

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
Alternative Press     [3]
No Ripcord2/10[4]
PopMatters          [5]

Survival Story garnered a mixed reception from music critics who found it more meandering and preachy with its political leanings than its predecessor Fight with Tools. Mike Schiller of PopMatters criticized the album for falling into the preachy side of delivering political messages that similar acts like Rage Against the Machine and The Roots tend to avoid, concluding that "Survival Story is Just Another Rap-Rock Record, something you’ve probably heard if you ever listened to P.O.D., or Linkin Park, or Limp effing Bizkit. It’s trying to say something, but it’s failing, and all we end up hearing is noise."[5] Nate Adams of No Ripcord also commented on the band's similarities to Rage Against the Machine, criticizing them for delivering unfocused and vague political commentary that's marketed to rap-rock fans in the teenage demographic.[4] Eddie Fleisher of Alternative Press praised the group's two MCs for their vocal performances melding well with Mario Caldato, Jr.'s production, saying that "Those looking for another "Handlebars" may be disappointed–Survival Story is more mature effort, showing that Flobots' best material may be yet to come. "[3] Jacob Royal of Sputnikmusic praised the musicianship throughout the album for experimenting with different sounds within its rap-rock parameters while still being able to deliver tracks with political commentary, saying that "Survival Story is an enjoyable album, and old-school fans of Flobots will definitely find reasons to be hooked to it for a long time."[6]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Stephen Brackett, Andy Guerrero, James Laurie, Kenneth Ortiz, Mackenzie Roberts and Jesse Walker, except where noted.

1."Cracks in the Surface" 2:55
2."The Effect" 4:27
3."Defend Atlantis" 5:03
4."If I" 3:43
5."White Flag Warrior" (featuring Tim McIlrath of Rise Against)
  • Brackett
  • Guerrero
  • Laurie
  • Ortiz
  • Roberts
  • McIlrath
  • Walker
6."By the Time You Get This Message..." 5:37
7."Airplane Mode" 5:43
8."Whip$ and Chain$" 3:56
9."Good Soldier" 4:06
10."Superhero" 3:22
11."Infatuation" (featuring Matt Morris)
  • Brackett
  • Guerrero
  • Laurie
  • Ortiz
  • Roberts
  • Morris
  • Walker
12."Panacea for the Poison" 4:05
Total length:51:04


"White Flag Warrior" was the first single from the album, released digitally on 2 February 2010.[7]


Group members


Chart (2010) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 44
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[9] 9
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[10] 14
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[11] 11
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[12] 15


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  2. ^ Lymangrover, Jason. "Survival Story - Flobots". AllMusic. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Fleisher, Eddie (May 18, 2010). "Flobots - Survival Story". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Adams, Nate (May 5, 2010). "Flobots: Survival Story - Music Review". No Ripcord. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Schiller, Mike (April 26, 2010). "Flobots: Survival Story". PopMatters. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Royal, Jacob (March 19, 2010). "Review: Flobots - Survival Story". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
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  8. ^ "Flobots Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  9. ^ "Flobots Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  10. ^ "Flobots Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  11. ^ "Flobots Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  12. ^ "Flobots Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 11, 2015.