FAT.MO.MAC is hitting the scene with a bluesy grind straight out of one of the most influential eras in music history. With influences like Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, and Leslie West pressed firmly between the pick and slide of the strings, FAT.MO.MAC’s debut album isanything but freshman work.
“I had a couple of ideas that would take me and my friends back to where it all started for me when it comes to influences and inspiration,” Lars said of starting FAT.MO.MAC.
Lead guitarist, Lars Johansson, hails from Sweden where he fine tuned his fluid, aggressive (yet sensitive) style with his pedigree band, Candlemass, who produced 11 studio albums, 5 live albums, 4 DVDs, plus a host of other merch to take the band to global success.
Lars was never satisfied with sitting still, so once he put this FAT.MO.MAC debut album together in his head, he called on magic from other specialties in the music biz to help him bring his dream to fruition.Mats Leve´n (Candlemass, Yngvie Malmsteen, Therion, Krux, Amaseffer, Gus), Klas Gunnerfeldt (Psycosomatic Cowboys, Primate Life, Backwood Preachers, Ruby Dogs, Ginger Ale), Tobbe Moen(Gotham City, Oz, Creozoth, Silent Call), Stefan Gunnarsson (Janne Schaffer, Raj Montana Band, Sandra Cross, David Carlson, Enorma Groov, Bliss, LA project, Bill Champlin), along with the now-deceasedRoger E. came together, not even sure what instruments they’d play in the beginning of the project, to create these ripping riffs with Lars.
“I got hold of excellent musicians in different fields, friends that probably never would have been on the same record if it wasn´t for this idea of mine.”
Roger E. cranked out three tracks on the album before dying of a heart attack, an event that ripped Lars apart, but that pushed him to finish to immortalize the talent that was his long-time guitar friend.
Tracks like “Walk Alone” get that groove guitar screaming, while “Kickback” slows, yet doesn’t lose any power, the tempo a bit. The upbeat blues rhythm to “Gear Shifter” keeps your head bobbing and your toes tapping, Stevie Ray-style. And “Memories Is All There Is” is the perfect hangout song, when you’re chilling with friends.
In short, no respectable music-lover will be without these tracks at their fingertips. Pick up FAT.MO.MAC’s debut, self-titled album on May 4th, 2015.
· Lars Johansson’s vision and influences: Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmoore, Jeff Beck, and Leslie West.
· Powerhouse of musician friends from an assortment of excellent Scandinavian bands: Candlemass,
Yngwie Malmsteen, Oz, Therion, etc…
· Fat.Mo.Mac- named after Fatmomakke, one of the largest Alps of northern Sweden near the polar circle.