Courtesy of Rob over at CackBlabbath.com I was given the opportunity to get over to Rock City and photograph the Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Below is the short review I wrote to accompany the pictures I took.
Review – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Saturday the 6th of February, 2016, saw the Nottingham music venue Rock City play host to the Fun Lovin’ Criminals as part of their Come Find Yourself 20th anniversary tour.
For those who don’t already know, The Fun Lovin’ criminals blend jazz, hip hop and rock to produce a wonderfully smooth and upbeat style of music. The band comes as a three piece with Huey Morgan the frontman covering guitar and lead vocals, Brian Leiser also known as Fast playing keyboard, harmonica, bass and trumpet and Frank Benbini playing drums. All three members of the band contribute vocally on different tracks.
The gig was split into two parts with the first session comprised of the band playing the album Come Find Yourself as it was originally laid out. The second and slightly shorter part comprised of a number of popular songs from the bands back catalogue.
The group played tightly and fluidly and the vocals were clear. The venue was very busy with the crowd getting into the spirit of the evening and giving the gig a fantastic vibe, the band were clearly soaking this up and directing the energy back into their performance. Even 20 years down the line the band still come across as confident and stylish with a hefty dose of New York swagger, even if they all now reside in the UK.
The drummer Frank Benbibi hailing from Leicester, just a short hop down the M1 took the opportunity to address the crowd and even went as far as to change the lyrics in one of the songs to point out his delight in Leicester’s win that day over Man City; keeping the Foxes safely in premiership top spot.
Following the gig the band played a short dj set downstairs in the venue which was free for the crowd to attend.