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Future of the Left - It's a Compulsion



When I speak to Future of the Left frontman Andy Falkous (henceforth known here, as he often is, as Falco), he is drinking rum-infused beer. You cool kids may know all about things infused with rum and heroin lollipops and cocktails with nails in them, but this invention stumps here. Anyway, Old Lady Lisa discovers Falco is no stranger to the nectars of the gods.

“I do like a drink. I’m happy to have my liver to the point of useless by the age of seventy. I’ve always been law-abiding in alcohol. I walked into a lake once, but that was an anomaly. That’s how I purport myself normally. This was many years ago, before cars in Great Britain.”

As you can tell, Falco is known for being the wise-cracking frontman as much as the band itself is known for its raucous, frenetic rock.




“When people have paid to get into a rock show, especially how much Australians pay to get into shows, people are paying to be entertained, you can't be too po-faced about the presentation of that. Now the show is a little more choreographed, streamlined but I love talking to the crowd...although, when did twenty-four people watching a band becomes a crowd?”

“Some shows are better than others. Some of the best and worst shows in my life have been in Melbourne. Going on late in Australia can be a bit of a course. Around 11 or 11:30 people are a little drunk, but not articulate drunk, not banter drunk, surly drunk. It’s a question of timing, it’s a question of being aware. It can go either way, it can have a wonderful intimate atmosphere, living in the moment, or sometimes it can fall flat. In Holland, nobody speaks, I will read them a poem or just continue to talk at them until they say something”

Future of the Left, as well as heading to Australia in January, ran a crowd-funding campaign in order to get their new album, How To Stop Your Brain in an Accident out to the public, and hit their goal in a mere five hours.

“If we needed the money for the album, we needed to get it. We didn't want to ask a record label. It would have been a long and drawn-out process. Some people that work for record companies are fine and some enjoy the game of dragging you along and seeing where you are on their release schedule...frankly, fuck your release schedule. Our band is the most important thing to us. We are not independently wealthy. We decided to go for a figure we were fairly confident we could get to record the album. It was important to us not to be greedy, and also not to be seen to be greedy”

Such is the life of the travelling rock star. Falco admits that the band have even kept their day jobs.




“We do have day jobs, we make next to nothing from the band. I just do whatever temp jobs come into my path. I work sometimes in public housing. Such as whatever I can fit in between tours. I am the perennial struggling artist, emphasis on struggling. If I just relied on the money from the band, I’d be doing this interview from a phone I’d stolen from someone in a park”

But don’t think that Falco is unhappy, no sir. He is deeply passionate about his work, as anyone who has heard or seen Future of the Left will attest. Much like Mike Patton before him, Falco Cares A Lot.

“I did not choose this life, it was chosen for me. It’s a compulsion. It’s an occasionally very enjoyable compulsion”
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