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“From the first note on Full Color Footage’s EP, “Tough Luck, Kid,” one can’t help but stand up and take notice.”
“Drawing influences from groups such as Radiohead and Jeff Buckley, McClean’s controlled vocals and eloquent keyboard playing lead the group, along with Black’s comfortably distorted lead guitar. The driving keys are reminiscent of the keyboard lead trio Crash Kings and the single guitarist grabs elements of bands like The Black Keys and The Strokes. Each member of the band noticeably brings something to the table, whether it’s Crumpton’s intricate drum fills or Smith’s bass lines that hold the group together. The musicians have each honed their talents to bring an overall harmony while playing. Crumpton, however, humbly declared that “the four of us combined make almost one cool guy.””
“This dramatic, cinematic local rock quartet has been turning heads and ears for a few years now with its unique, emotional sound and the widescreen musical arrangements of its songs. The vocals and keyboards of Mario McLean arrayed against arena-rock guitar riffs resemble nothing more than John Legend fronting Coldplay on the new EP You’re On Your Own, as the band pushes the rock to the forefront on songs such as “The Dreaded Hawthorne Effect” but still manages to retain its melodic core with “Least of Our Troubles.””
“After [Scott] Smith ruthlessly destroyed three plastic tambourines and [Matt] Crumpton flung multiple pairs of drumsticks into the crowd, [Mario] McClean literally beat the insides out of a Spongebob piñata. Continuing his antics, McClean tossed free T-shirts and packs of pins into the crowd, as well as covering the stage with silver confetti. The spectacle had the crowd staring in wonder, cheering and laughing along with the band, showcasing exactly how FCF approaches their music: with passion and a fun attitude.”