FOUR LARGE MEN – F.L.M. [recorded 1992 / remastered 2021]
More obscure bands are being unearthed from the prolific US ’80s melodic hard rock scene. Heaven and Hell Records just reissued / remastered the cassette only 1992 self-titled release from New Yorkers classic hard rockers FOUR LARGE MEN.
Inspired by the likes of Y&T, ‘American‘ Whitesnake, Rough Cutt, etc, FOUR LARGE MEN was founded in 1990 by guitarist and well-respected veteran of the Central New York music scene, Roy Coston. After his stint with the bands ARDENT & DC STRUT throughout the previous decade, Coston began to focus on a new project with a more bluesy hard rock edge than his previous endeavors, with that classic early ’90s sound for the genre.
Coston recruited drummer Kevin Meacham who was also formerly in the bands ARDENT & DC STRUT. Bassist Rick Richmond would also be brought in. The trio then set out to find a singer. They came across vocalist Jerry Yerman, formerly of New York bands VISIGOTH and FALLING ANGEL.
Now with a solid line-up Coston and his new band simply and fittingly dubbed FOUR LARGE MEN entered Acgrok Recording Studios in Utica, NY to record their debut “F.L.M.”.
The recording would take several months between September ’91 to March ’92. A limited cassette release would be issued by the band soon after the recording was completed.
Despite the limited hand-to-hand distribution FOUR LARGE MEN’s cassettes managed to find their way to other parts of the world gaining a substantial amount of press.
Overseas fanzines featured the band in countries such as Belgium, German, Denmark, South Africa, and Scandinavia. Major publications in the USA and Canada such as Powerline, Screamer, and RIP magazines featured the band.
In 1993, FOUR LARGE MEN would also be included on two compilation releases appearing on Perris Records’ “Volume 1” with their song “Sweet Jezebel”. That same year, ‘Sweet Jezebel” was also featured on Iron Man Records’ “The Best of the Unsigned Volume 1”.
The original lineup of FOUR LARGE MEN would come to an end in the summer of 1993 when Meacham left New York for Tennessee. Rickmond also left to pursue more blues-oriented music. Yerman and Coston would continue on with another version of the band.
The original members of FOUR LARGE MEN would move on through the next several years still staying very close friends. Unfortunately, as the years passed, death appeared. Roy Coston is now the only one man left from the original line-up and he wants to keep the music he created with his three “big buddies” alive.
This is a solid, well crafted collection of American Hard Rock tunes with the sound & style from the early Nineties.
1 – Ballad of Suicide Sal
2 – Sweet Jezebel
3 – Alibi
4 – Whatcha Gonna Do?
5 – Little Hot Sister
6 – Living on the Edge
7 – Friction Addiction
Jerry Yerman – Lead and Backing Vocals
Roy Coston – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Rick Richmond – Bass
Kevin Meacham – Drums