American Fiction’s “Dumb Luck” out today

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American Fiction’s “Dumb Luck” out today

“Dumb Luck.”

It’s the name of a song, but in some ways it’s the punchline of the story, too. A story that starts with a new band and a chance e-mail and ends with a debut record helmed by a legendary rock producer.

That producer is Eddie Kramer, and the record is the debut release from Memphis rock band American Fiction. “Dumb Luck” is the lead single.

“I still don’t know how he got Eddie’s e-mail address,” says guitarist Landon Moore. He’s talking about lead vocalist Chris Johnson, who managed to dig up Kramer’s contact details and decided to drop him a note. “The message essentially said, ‘Hey, Eddie, we’re a band that has nothing but a small group of songs. We’re curious if people still take chances on unknowns in the music industry. Thanks for even reading this. If you write back, I’ll shit my pants.’”

Not long after, Eddie responded. “Get some diapers. I loved the song. Let’s talk.”

So they talked. They made a deal, and they made a record. The guys spent a month practicing in Memphis before heading to Nashville, where they continued to rehearse in a warehouse with Eddie for three days straight, 12 hours a day. “He has a magnificent musical mind,” Landon says. “He would take guitar parts out, put keyboard parts in, tell Zach not to play the snare on an entire section, switch Blake’s electric bass for an acoustic. He moved so quickly and with such precision that no one had time or a desire to question him. But there was no need to anyway. The man is a genius.”

American Fiction recorded with Kramer at Nashville’s 16 Ton Studios, and traveled to California to mix and put down vocals at LAFX in Los Angeles.

The result is the purest stuff on earth: rock’n’roll. It’s at once incredibly complex and perfectly simple. It’s rock with a smart pop sensibility that earns comparisons to everyone from The Black Crowes to The Wallflowers to Kramer’s own work with Led Zeppelin.

Watch American Fiction perform “Dumb Luck” live at DittyTV

“‘Dumb Luck’ haunted me as a potential single,”Kramer says. “There’s something about it that sort of combines the best of rock, southern rock, some blues, some country, it’s got all of these influences in it. It has some ethereal qualities to it as well. I think it really demonstrates the range of the band.”

“Dumb Luck” is out today. Look for the Kramer-produced EP this summer.


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