The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers – Review

Photo credit: Paul McDade

Being a literature and music fan girl, I was delighted to hear that a group that combines both passions actually exists! The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers is a band made up of crime writers who also quite enjoying playing live music whenever they get the chance.

And they’re not just any old crime writers either, this bunch are the cream of the crop! The six-piece band consists of Sleepyhead author Mark Billingham, Wire in the Blood creator, Val McDermid, Quite Ugly One Morning novelist, Chris Brookmyre, Those We Left Behind writer, Stuart Neville, Then She Was Gone author, Luca Veste and Crash Land novelist, Doug Johnstone.

Despite my initial excitement, I’m going to be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect from the band when I went to see them perform live at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, recently. Yeah, they can write, I thought, but can they play decent music?

Well hell yes, is the answer to that. In fact, watching them play up on the Lemon Tree stage, it was hard to believe that they ever did anything else. The fact that the group can all write so well too, actually seems somewhat unfair to those of us who are not multi-talented…

But, I had no time to be bitter about my lack of musical skills. I was too busy being thoroughly entertained by the band’s killer playlist, which basically consists of every macabre song that you can think of, from Psycho Killer to the Folsom Prison Blues.

The audience, who seemed fairly staid at the beginning of the night, were wild by the end of it, dancing as if their lives depended it on the now packed and sweaty dance floor. And who knows, maybe they knew something, that I did not…

If like me, you love dark literature and music, make a point in catching the Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers next time they perform live. A wickedly good night of music and fun awaits.

For further information about the band, visit their website: http://funlovincrimewriters.com

For details on future events coming to the Lemon Tree, visit: www.aberdeenperformingarts.com