FM Collective (Friends of Mike Collective), began as a project that began several years ago when singer-songwriter Michael Kroll wanted to record some songs. Now it is a collection of artists who Mike Lucero has met and collaborated with over the years. 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.
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.