Star Scene: Andrew ‘Falco’ Falkous ~ mclusky*

Andrew ‘Falco’ Falkous’ scene is running – whether it’s after his toddler or on his own. The founding member/frontman of Mclusky and lead singer/guitarist of Future of the Left states: “My scene is hanging out with a toddler in soft play – running around, her going down slides, me just behind in the ball pit, her throwing balls out of the ball pit, me having a series of tidying up – I return the balls to the ball pit because I can’t have the place be a mess, even though it’s a commercial soft play place in Chelsea, in London. I mean, just hanging out with a toddler. Reading to her. At one stage about three months ago, I’ve read The Gruffalo books so many times to Ella that I can do The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child by heart. Those entire books. That is an achievement and an indictment at the same time, isn’t it? I mean, that’s my scene really.”

Falco continues: “Usually my scene is running at night. Julia, my partner thinks, or maybe hopes, that I’m meeting men in parks for sex at night. I’m not, I’m genuinely running. But I will say, ‘Oh, yeah, I’m out for a run now’, and she gives me a little wave, and she’s like, ‘Yeah, enjoy your run’, I’m like, ‘No, I am going out for a run!’ She’s like, ‘Well… Okay… If you want to come out, just come out to me. It’ll be fine, we’ll work something out’, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, okay, yeah’. So, it’s good to know you’ve got options.”

Falco’s sense of humour may be the reason why he is so loved in Australia, especially Melbourne. Mclusky has a large following in Australia, particularly Melbourne where two shows have already sold out. Falco doesn’t know what to attribute this to and states: “It’s especially Australia in the world and it’s especially Melbourne in Australia for us. I have no idea why. I have no idea why that should be, it must be something in the water. So I mean a lot of people have tried to explain to me why that is, but I think after a while you can’t necessarily analyse it or come to a conclusion, it simply is. And it’s pretty easy to deal with people really wanting us to play.”

Falco’s take on touring is interesting. He states: “To be honest with you we’ve done so little of it in the last few years I suppose I’ll find out in January. The shows we’ve been doing this summer in the UK were pretty much just based around weekends so we were going away for three, three or four days at a time.  So I’ve been for the most part getting a coach or a train to the shows and turning up and meeting the guys there and that’s a strange experience. I’ve never really done that before, I’m used to going to a place, putting gear in a van and then we will kind of all go there together like a fucked up ant hill mob or something. It is a little, and I don’t mean this in a silly way at all, but you’re a little gang going on about your business and it’s fine. There is a sense of camaraderie, even if somebody does spill trail mix all over the fucking van and you have to clean it up or something. So I’ve kind of missed that, it’s a bit weird, it’s a little bit detached just turning up at a venue and going, ‘Hello, I’m the singer of the band. The other guys aren’t here yet.’ But it’s a bit odd, feels like how it would be for a lot of the And The Bands, do you know what I mean by an And The Band? Someone And The Someone’s band? I know there are good bands called Someone And The Someones. I very much feel like the Someone, that’s what it feels like.”  

Falco and the band are back to touring, now as mclusky with an asterisk, due to a few events, Falco states: “A few years ago, I think it was 2015, we were asked to do a Future Of The Left show for a fundraiser at a venue that we’d played several times -mostly in McLusky back in the day. We did that and we raised some money and we did a show for Cancer Research and the show for a venue, it was closing down, another venue in the very centre of London called the Buffalo Bar and that was coming back really.”

Falco continues: “It makes you feel really good when you do things for other people. When you can do things, when you raise that money, it’s great and I mean there are selfish reasons to be selfless I suppose, just makes you feel great about yourself. And then we did one show at a festival called 2,000 Trees and that was in ourselves, we actually got paid and we got more money from that show than I made in the last six months in being an actual McLusky. And I’ll tell you now, the amount of money I made was less than £1,000, that’s more of a reflection of how much … how little money I made in McLusky.   But there you go. Well, hey, that’s just the way it is though. In terms of money,” Falco laughs and, as if to himself, states: “… bitch on about money for a minute and then fucking get over it and get on with doing what you do, isn’t it? So I mean I’d love to make money, I’d love to own something, but I’m not in a band because I want to own things. I do not see rock and roll as a way to build up a property portfolio.”

“But yeah,” Falco continues, “so we did that show then and that was that really, we played our nice little songs and really that was Future Of The Left performing McLusky songs. It was Jack, Julia and there was a guy called Damien (Sayell) who sings in a band called The St Pierre Snake Invasion. They’re singing Jon’s parts. Damien is a great performer and all that. But initially the reason we got him in was because was a Welshman who had red hair, so that’s an easy connection to make. It was a little bit of time together because these charity events are kind of thrown together. But people really liked it and then there was a show in Newcastle a couple of years ago that we got asked to do which Julia couldn’t do. As you know we were both here in London and got a two year old so it’s very difficult to explain to a toddler that you’ve just got to fuck off to do a show or something. There’s this legally obligated childcare you’ve got to do, or you go to prison apparently so you’ve got to keep doing it. So I couldn’t just go, ‘Well, you sit there and you watch fucking Octonauts for 36 hours and I’ll be back’. It doesn’t work that way.”

Audiences who witnessed McLusky the first time round are in for the same energy, fun, and passion. Falco states: “They’re the same in intent, we’re the same three guys on a stage, clothed for the most part and then playing the rock songs they like. There is not like an idea, a concept, or a manifesto behind it. It’s going to be a little bit different because it’s going to be a little different because there’s one person on stage who’s different. I’m going to be over a couple of days before we start the tour. To just spend a couple of days in Melbourne and acclimatise. With the last Future of the Left tour, as great as it was, I really struggled, it took me a good few days and a few shows before I could sleep at anything like approaching an appropriate time, and… Normally, I mean I haven’t had any sleep for nights now. If I’m not playing shows I can cope with very little sleep. I can’t say I like it, but I can kind of fumble through the day half awake. But playing shows, I need to be fully aware to do that. I need to be… I need to be really on. Dare I say it – I need to be a professional. I look at live shows like that. I like a beer and stuff, but I prepare for live shows like a professional person, who takes pride in it. And also knows that people have paid a lot of money to come to the show, because it’s not just about the ticket price. It’s about the getting there and back. It’s about the babysitter, if they have a baby. It’s about the cat-sitter if they have a cat. It’s about the cocaine if they’re involved in the music industry, you know? I mean, I wouldn’t know how much cocaine costs, I have a personality. But there’s always costs, and that is certainly respected by the band on stage, that that’s not a nothing, it’s a thing. So, yeah, I suppose all those things. What else is my scene? Oh I don’t really… Is that enough scenes?”

Falco continues: “I really want to have a scene. What other scenes? I mean, I have a very tedious and boring love for cricket, which bores everyone around me. Nobody cares about cricket here. Nobody cares about cricket in England, nobody. Nobody even likes it. I’ve fucking noticed mate, yeah. I absolutely fucking noticed that. Yeah, no, they really do, don’t they? Almost to the point of distraction. I think maybe if I was in that environment it would get a little bit bloody tedious as well, so I do apologise on behalf of ball sports everywhere. It’s not a lot of fun, it shouldn’t be forced on people. But my daughter, she knows, I say to her, ‘What does daddy love Ella?’ And she goes, ‘Ella and cricket’,  and I go, “That’s right Ella. Good’. The visceral thrills of cricket. The up-tempo, dynamic thrills of a sport played between 22 men who are just in white. It’s like a bizarre, boring, KKK rally; the polar differences are outstanding.  You can carry two thoughts in your head at the same time, that’s allowed. One thing which is very interesting with the band… and then … “

“I remember very early on, when Do Dallas came out, and they loved Do Dallas in Germany. They loved that album there … They absolutely hated the third album in Germany. They hated it! They were like, ‘Why is this not the same record? Why?’ Just because it’s not the same, you could just put Do Dallas on again, that’s what we can… But we did some interviews there, we got flown over for some interviews, and for a band who’d, at that stage, never played for more than a hundred people… It was four years before we played for more than a hundred people as a band. And so I’m in this like, restaurant in Hamburg… Doing interviews with these people. And I was quite a husky fellow at the time, I believe that’s the appropriate term, husky fellow, without a shaved head, or whatever. And there were people who’d obviously just heard the record, and they expected us to be in person like we sounded on record. Like that’s how you go about your business, you know? Like you’d give an interview and jump over the table and tear someone’s throat out. Whereas, really in person, you’re just a quietly spoken person. Having a bit of a laugh, and then going on and being on stage. Like wow. ‘What do you do?’ I mean some people, it blows their mind when they find out I spend most of my life looking after an adorable toddler. We’re like, ‘What do you think we do?’ I mean, apart from the days when it fucking isn’t, it’s an amazing experience. I mean, there’s the odd day where you end up scrambling through your stuff, looking for the receipt. You’re like, ‘No, this child is Broken. It’s broken, take it back. I’m sure we’ve got the packaging somewhere. Fucking hell, shut up’. But for the most part, it’s been an incredible experience. And, I think you might’ve noticed, I’m inclined towards the cynical? To say the fucking least, but spending time with her on a daily basis, and seeing the way that she can fall in love with everything, even a shit drawing of a rainbow can make her go, ‘Oh wow!’ I mean, just the love of life. Which is a profound thing.”

“I’m sorry, I don’t want to leave you with an interview where the frontman of Mclusky and Future of the Left talks about his love of life, that’s not on brand, is it? Not on brand. I need to say something about Boris Johnson’s balls. Okay. His balls are uneven. He has uneven balls. They don’t undulate, like after sex they’re like wax. I don’t know, I don’t know about his balls, of course. Oh! Come on now. Boris Johnson doesn’t have nearly enough class to have sex in a park. He’s a different creature altogether. He’d probably hire the park from the local authority to have a private run at it, which is just rude. It’s not in the spirit of the thing, is it? If you’re having sex in a park, the thrill of being caught should be part of the whole enterprise. I mean, I would assume, having had sex in a park so far in my life, zero times. I’m a bit of a traditionalist with that, I think I prefer in the house.”

Catch Falco and mclusky* on their Australian tour, happening now!

mclusky* 2020 Australian Tour

Wednesday 8th January 2020  – Badlands, Perth – Tickets with guests Foam and Last Quokka

Friday 10th January 2020 – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide – Tickets
with guests Horror My Friend and Dilettantes

SOLD OUT — Saturday 11th January 2020 – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
with guests Bench Press and Tankerville
SELLING FAST

Sunday 12th January 2020 – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – Tickets
with guests Totally Unicorn and Lion Island
SELLING FAST

Tuesday 14th January 2020 – The Zoo, Brisbane – Tickets
with guests Total Place and Tape/Off

SOLD OUT — Wednesday 15th January 2020 –  Corner Hotel, Melbourne with guests Bench Press and Sheparton Airplane

Tickets on sale now at handsometours.com

Handsome Tours is delighted to present, for the first time in 15 years, mclusky*. Featuring Future of the Left members Andrew “Falco” Falkous and Jack Egglestone, with the addition of Damien Sayell from the St Pierre Snake Invasion, the Cardiff outfit will be playing venues in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane in January.

mclusky* were a band between 1999 and 2005, in which time they made a few friends and three albums. Slow-forward 14 years and, thanks to the uncanny pull of nostalgia and gravity, they have made more friends but no more albums. originally persuaded to reform – like ham – to help save a local music venue and for other vaguely charitable reasons, mclusky* is the band but with Damien Sayell of The St Pierre Snake Invasion (who incidentally have an album out this year) playing bass and singing and is loads better (technical term) than it used to be, nostalgia be twatted directly in the eye. 

About Mary Boukouvalas 1191 Articles
Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs Rocklust.com where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos, blistering.com, theaureview.com, noise11.com, music-news.com. She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.

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