Fun Loving Criminals – Interview
Fast from the Fun Lovin’ Criminals talks to us about their upcoming UK tour and new album!
You are back with a new release ‘Another Mimosa’. Can you tell us about it, the concept behind the release and what kind of sound/genres to expect?
We were in Gibson studios in London working on new material. The music was coming together nicely but we were lacking lyrical inspiration so we talked about doing another album similar to Mimosa. We each chose 3 songs we’d like to cover that summed up the sounds that influenced us with FLC.
Where and when was Another Mimosa recorded?
We recorded the album at various studios in the UK over the past 3 years when we could all get together. We mixed the album in May in NYC with our longtime engineer/4th member of FLC, Tim Latham ISP.
What’s your favourite track from Another Mimosa?
My personal favourites are Daylight and Warning.
Where are you based these days? Do you find the location you record to have an effect on the material?
We all live in the UK. I think where we live definitely affects how we are inspired when writing lyrics for our songs. Musically we are influenced by all the music we have been into since we were young, mostly older music from the 60’s through the 80’s.
You tour the UK pretty regularly. Would you say you have a bigger following here or back in the States?
The UK has always been so supportive of FLC and for that, we are grateful and blessed. I regret that we don’t tour more in North America where we still have many fans who want to see us live. Unfortunately, it costs so much for us to tour it is not feasible to do so outside of Europe.
How would you describe the FLC live experience? Feel good party band springs to mind for me, I always find I walk away from the shows with a huge smile, grinning ear to ear!
We feel the same. We are very lucky to be able to tour different places and perform our music. We always try to make the most of it and have a party with the peoples. Laughter is the best medicine. We rarely take ourselves too seriously.
Every time the FLC rolls into town I’m reminded of just how good the material is and how long it’s been a part of my life, it feels like 5 minutes ago when the debut Come Find Yourself came out. What’s your highlight of the long career and what’s the secret to longevity?
Thank you. CFY came out at the right time, saving us in the process. If we are inspired to write original music we will do so. We are older now and have different priorities in our lives. I think the highlight is that we still enjoy performing live. Part of the secret is not caving in to the excesses that many bands fall into, like drug abuse!
It’s been nearly 9 years since your last proper originals album Classic Fantastic, any plans to record a follow-up?
Again, it all depends on finding lyrical inspiration. Musically, I have written so many tunes that could be great FLC songs, enough for a triple album!
Catch the FLC and their party at the Northumbria Institute on the 1st Feb 2019. Another Mimosa is today (18th Jan 2019!) check it out here