WHEN LUCERO TOOK A FEW MONTHS OF BETWEEN DAY JOBS (LEAVING THE XBOX TEAM AND JOINING RATIO, A DIGITAL APP DEVELOPMENT COMPANY), HE DECIDED TO BUILD ON THE FOUNDATIONAL RECORDINGS AND RECORD AN ALBUM OF SONGS THAT HE LOVED, AND OTHERS' ORIGINALS.
Lucero had met Colin Richey, drummer from Hey Marseilles after their triumphant Bumbershoot debut and connected the dots bringing in Sam Anderson (Hey Marseilles, Arkomo) as the producer. They spent quite a few months recording songs and ended up finishing "The Cruelest Season," a powerful ballad and built the foundation for a number of Michael Kroll's other originals.
LUCERO HAD AMASSED A HIGHLY TALENTED NETWORK OF FRIENDS AND COLLABORATORS AND BROUGHT THEM INTO HIS PROJECT WHICH HE DUBBED FRIENDS OF MIKE COLLECTIVE.
ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING AND ARTISTICALLY IMPACTFUL SONGS ON THE PROJECT WAS A SONG LUCERO CO-WROTE WITH KEN STRINGFELLOW (THE POSIES). INSPIRED BY BENJAMIN BRITTON'S WAR REQUIEM, THE SONG IS CALLED THE ONE (THAT MATTERS), AND IT ASKS TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT WAR AND WHETHER THE SACRIFICES WE MAKE ARE WORTH THE PRICE WE PAY.
THESE ORIGINALS ARE COMBINED WITHIN RADICALLY RE-INTERPRETED COVERS LIKE WALTZ #2 THAT IS ACTUALLY NOT A WALTZ, A TOM WAITS-LIKE STRIPPED DOWN VERSION OF KARMA POLICE, AND A FUNKED OUT VERSION OF ELEANOR RIGBY.
MIKE AND THE ENTIRE COLLECTIVE HOPE THAT AUDIENCES OF ALL TYPES WILL APPRECIATE THE ALBUM WHEN IT RELEASES LATER THIS YEAR IN SEPTEMBER.
When Lucero took a few months of between day jobs (leaving the Xbox team and joining Ratio, a digital app development company), he decided to build on the foundational recordings and record an album of songs that he loved, and others' originals.
Note: Terry was also Sound Engineer and played a Producer Role on most of the tracks
FM Collective Shows Announced for December!
June 20: Jewelbox Theater at the Rendezvous
Michael Kroll CD Release Show
Featuring the full FM Collective Band
10:30 to 12:30 pm
Stay Tuned for Ticket On Sale Date
June 24th: Michael Kroll and Mike Lucero featured at Ghostfish Brewery
Acoustic Evening with an unplugged line-up of FM Collective
No Cover - 7:00 to 9:00 pm
2942 1st Avenue South, Seattle WA (across from Starbucks Corporate HQ)
More Shows to be announced Shortly
THANKS FOR EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED OUR SHOWS IN 2014. MUSICALLY, FM COLLECTIVE DELIVERED THE GOODS. IF YOU WANT MORE, THE CD IS NOW OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED AND AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, AMAZON, CD BABY, SPOTIFY, RDIO, LAST.FM, XBOX MUSIC AND OTHER SERVICES. PHYSICAL COPIES CAN ALSO BE PURCHASED FROM OUR DISTRIBUTOR. IF YOU'D LIKE TO DONATE TO THE CAUSE THERE ARE OPTIONS AS WELL (GO TO THE CAUSE LINK).
The album reflects shared values around creativity and the importance of supporting working musicians in the northwest and around the world. It features Mike collaborating with artists from bands including the Posies, Hey Marseilles, Cataldo, Fences, Heart, Creme Tangerine, Portugal The Man, Tennis Pro, michael kroll, peter benjamin, zach lombardo, hemlock pop and shaprece. damn, that's a lot of indie artists so check it out. and did we mention we are teaming up with the grammys(r) and a portion of all proceeds from concerts, cds and merch go to musicares.
The self-titled FM Collective album features a combination of indie-pop originals by Mike Lucero and his fellow artists as well as radically re-interpreted covers of songs that Mike has been playing for years. Here's a quick overview of the songs. The CD will be available at launch shows beginning September 5th, and digital versions will be available earlier that week. Here's a quick walk through the album (not necessarily in this order):
"Age of Consent"- Eric Anderson totally recreates this 80's classic. HIs amazing voice and the style of this song are a testament to the soul of this album
"The One (That Matters)" - A collaboration with Mike and Ken Stringfellow, this song takes a twisted journey through the mind of a soldier on the battlefield and why they do what they do. The subject matter transcends beyond the battle of a soldier and applies to broader matters of importance.
"Karma Police" - Thom Yorke meets Tom Waits in this stripped down version of the Radiohead classic. Peter Schatz, who's Seattle's pre-eminent Radiohead expert, designed this re-interpretation including vocals piped in from Berlin by Samson Koerschneck. Sean Lane uses "the bike" on this. Can't wait to get the video out for this one to show that off. Stay tuned.
"GRS" - The Golden Rule song is a collaboration between Mike and Phil Peterson. This song takes on one of the oldest doctrines of civilization and seeks to identify the common ground for all humanity to peacefully co-exist and accept diversity. No song is more relevant to current times than GRS.
"Waltz #2" - The Elliot Smith classic re-interpreted and no longer a waltz. Colin Richey has taken the Waltz out and created a dark gem with Ira Merrill providing the stoic vocals that reflect the disfunction between Elliot Smith and his mother.
"Cruelest Season" - Another tear-jerking original by Michael Kroll. Produced by Sam Anderson this is an epic number that puts Michael's songwriting in the spotlight alongside Sam's producing and string skills
"Come Back" - A Michael Kroll original song about toxic love and loss.
"The Gift" - A Michael Kroll original, the Gift acknowledges the good things that have been given to us and encourages us not to take them for granted.
"Eleanor Rigby" - Jeff Lockhart who plays in Creme Tangerine, the Beatles cover band, wanted to find a new setting for this classic song. The setting is Memphis and Terry Mattson's funky bass line combined with Daniel Butman's slick string adaptation redefines this classic.
"I Will Follow You into the Dark"- Zach Lombardo's bright and sonorous voice graces much of the album and truly shines in this piano/vocal re-interpretation of this song.
Terry Mattson served as sound engineer and played a key producing role on most of the songs. Ken was Producer and served key roles (including song-writing) on The One That Matters.