FUKC are a supergroup of sorts, a genre-crossing collaboration between forward-thinking electro producer Lemuel Dufez (DEVOTED, Point Point) and John Sterry, mastermind of minimal lo-fi project BILLIONAIRE and frontman of legendary post-punk outfit Gang of Four.
Initially bonding over a mutual appreciation for double denim and French pop music, the pair have since unleashed a slew of whip-smart singles that distil samples, guitars and crunching drums into something hook-packed and boldly their own.
Ahead of their upcoming jaunt to Brighton, where FUKC will support The Vegan Leather for our final Hidden Herd Presents: SPTLGHT show at Green Door Store on Friday 26th April, we spoke to the Anglo-French duo about their influences and more.
How would you describe FUKC to a stranger?
Lem (production/bass): “Our mothers told us not to talk to strangers.”
Sterry (vocals/guitar): “The sound of blissful apathy.”
Who are the biggest influences on your sound and why?
Lem (production/bass): “Fatboy Slim and Sebastian because of the way they used samples. Early Gorillaz stuff, because of how much of a mix of sounds they used.”
Sterry (vocals/guitar): “Yeah, I’d agree. I’d add the Beastie Boys, maybe a bit of Talking Heads too – pretty much just because there’s such a sense of fun with those bands and music should always be fun. And especially with Talking Heads, they were just never afraid of trying out new things.”
You’re based in London/Paris – what’s your local music scene like?
“We were based there, but we recently relocated to Hastings. It’s a cool place and there’s a lot of talent – great musicians with exciting ideas. It feels like something’s bubbling there, there’s always something happening, but it’s small enough to get into the thick of it. We’ve got a little rehearsal studio there too and anyone is free to just come hang out and play.”
Who are the THREE other new artists we should listen to right now and why?
“Hard to narrow it down to just three, but how about Insecure Men, Sports Team and Yves Tumor.”
And finally, what does 2019 hold for FUKC?
“Lots of exciting behind the scenes stuff, plus we’re releasing our debut EP with a lead single just before and we’ll be playing our first shows which we’re really pumped about…”