Fun Lovin' Criminals
Coming straight out of the ground, the FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS have committed another Class A felony with the release of their self produced EMI Records debut album entitled, COME FIND YOURSELF. The FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS use the great melting pot of New York City to construct a montage that incorporates the rhythms of hip-hop with the eclectic environment in which they find themselves.
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The F.L.C. (Huey, Fast, and Steve) formed in 1993 in a haze of smoke and an appreciation for the bizarre. The seed of criminality was planted when Huey and Fast (who had been writing together while still in other bands) recruited roommate and drummer Steve, to round out the trio. Fast and Steve, already in a techno band and well versed in the electronic end of things complimented Huey, who spent his time playing blues guitar. "All three of us are songwriters and we compliment each other nicely," says vocalist/lyricist and guitarist Huey. "Yeah!" yells Steve. "We all have different backgrounds and influences and between the three of us, we do have common ground and it starts with the song." As well as being the drummer, Steve shares programming duties with Fast who in turn doubles as bassist, keyboardist, trumpet player and harmonica player for the band. With COME FIND YOURSELF the FUN LOVIN' CRIMINALS balance the use of sequenced material with live instruments. "We marry the technology of the 90's with the rudimental inflections found in early blues jazz and rock-n-roll," says Huey. Their MO? "Do it live, do it real" offers Steve. "There are so many people doing studio projects, but few are playing together live as a band," Fast is quick to add. Indeed there is no mistaking the defiant take no prisoners attitude that permeates F.L.C.'s sound and their fury.
The F.L.C. believe every song is "a life" -- a separate entity -- and the song itself outweighs the need for posturing with unwelcome overplaying. "We used four samples on the whole album, and when we couldn't clear it we'd just say 'fu** it,' and play it ourselves," claims Fast. Using a cinematic landscape, F.L.C. creates a mood that allows their songs to achieve a life of their own. Take "King of New York" a lone piano a la Marvin Gaye's "Troubled Man" supports the narrative about a botched jailbreak involving a sociopath and an unwilling prisoner, John Gotti. "Scooby Snacks," a song about a drug induced bank robbery is told to the listener as if it was a non-remorseful confession. The confession is more of drunken crooning that, as Huey states, "would even move Dean Martin to do drugs again." A more sophisticated side of F.L.C. is "We Have All The Time In The World" a cover of John Barry's (a James Bond composer) love theme "Her Majesty's Secret Service." The song was originally sung by the late great Louis Armstrong. From the production to the playing, the F.L.C. have created their own sound using cultural touchstones most modern music listeners can appreciate, but not necessarily classify.
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