Andrew Falkous

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Falco playing at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, 6 November 2012.

Andrew "Falco" Falkous is a musician best known for being the founding member/frontman for seminal Welsh punk rock outfit Mclusky, current lead singer/guitarist of the band Future of the Left and the sole member of Christian Fitness.

Musical history[edit]

Falco's professional musical career began in 1996 with the band Best. After a few line-up changes and release of a 3-track single Huwuno on London-based label Seriously Groovy, Best changed its name to Mclusky in 1999. The line-up consisted of Falco fronting the band, serving as its main songwriter along with Mat Harding on drums and Jon Chapple on bass/backing vocals.

Falco and Mclusky released its first full-length album My Pain and Sadness is More Sad and Painful Than Yours in 2000 on the Fuzzbox imprint before drawing international attention with their critically praised second album Mclusky Do Dallas in 2002. Harding left the group in 2003 with Falco telling The Telegraph "It was due to differences on just about every imaginable level – personal, musical and professional.".[1] Mclusky recruited drummer Jack Egglestone for their 2004 album The Difference Between Me and You Is That I'm Not on Fire.[2]

On 7 January 2005 Mclusky announced its break-up. Falco released this announcement on the band's website on three days later:

The three piece rock band known as mclusky have disbanded, as of Friday 7 January 2005. The reason for this parting is private, though probably not as entertaining as you'd imagine. Personally, I would like to thank all the people, places and times that occurred on or near us. I'm grateful for the love and to a lesser degree, the hate. There'll be more music soon, from all of us.

Little was said of the reasons behind Mclusky's split, but it later emerged that tensions had arisen between Falco and Chapple.

Falco didn't stay silent for long, in 2006, he announced the formation of Future Of The Left with Mclusky drummer Jack Egglestone and former Jarcrew bassist Kelson Mathias. Their first release was a single, "Fingers Become Thumbs". It came out to minimal fanfare but paved the way for their first CD release Curses on Too Pure Records in September 2007. They followed-up with Travels With Myself And Another on June 2009 on 4AD.[3] NME ranked Future of the Left's 2009 live album Last Night I Saved Her from Vampires at No. 42 on their list of 50 Greatest Live Records of all Time.[4] and Pedestrian TV calling Future of the Left one of the greatest live bands of all time.[5]

In a 2010 interview with NME Falco stated that Mathias was no longer in the band and bassist Julia Ruzicka and guitarist Jimmy Watkins have joined the group as a quartet.[6] In late 2011, the band announced they signed to Xtra Mile Records and released the EP Polymers Are Forever and the album The Plot Against Common Sense.[7] In 2013, the band released the album How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident.

In 2014, Falco released an album under the moniker Christian Fitness titled I Am Scared of Everything That Isn't Me.

Falco Vs. Hecklers[edit]

Live, fans are just as enthralled by Falco's stage rants as they are his music. It often opens up the opportunity for a disorderly crowd but as Faster Louder documented, "Not one to shy away from banter, Falco leads the charge early by swiftly dispatching a couple of drunken hecklers with ease and charm." [8]

Falco Vs. Illegal Music Downloading[edit]

Falco became a surprise player in the debate over illegal musical file sharing when the second Future of the Left album Travels With Myself And Another was leaked online in late April 2009, more than 2 months before its official release. Falco took to the web and released a seething open letter to those that chose to leak the album, stated that continuing to illegally share music will make it harder for legitimate musicians to continue to make music.[9]

In his letter, Falco stated:

Please be careful, or we'll get the world we all deserve. Hobby bands who can tour once every few years if they're lucky, and the superstars, freed from such inconvenient baggage as integrity and conscience, running the corporate sponsored marathon of £80-a-ticket arena tours and television adverts til their loveless hearts explode in an orgy of oppressive branding and self-regard. Some of us, in all honestly, just want to make the music we love and play it around the world without living in poverty. [9]

UK Music decided to take out a full-page ad in The Guardian[10] reprinting Falco's letter making him an advocate for bands and sparking further debate on behalf of artists.

Later, in an interview during a 2011 Australian tour, Falco stated that his "problem comes when people try to say it's a fight against the oppressor," a mentality of sticking it to some faceless entity. He continued to say he's encountered people complaining about paying money to see a band and the cost of an album, but would then turn around and spend more money on a round of drinks at the show.[11]

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