Funeral Party (in support of Julian Casablancas) – Cleveland, April 3

The Funeral Party (mid-party)

If you are a young band going on tour in support of the leader of the garage rock revival, it seems likely that your sound is already pretty well set in stone: grab the guitars and prepare the brooding, lo-fi melodies. Particularly when your name is shared with that of a Cure song. Particularly when that song is ‘The Funeral Party.’

Which is precisely what makes the sounds of the East LA 5-piece so shocking. With cowbells, synths, handclaps, and guitar solos reserved for a workout montage, the Funeral Party leaves all visions of a Paul Banks-ian dystopia in the dust. Extending the energy of a 90 second punk track to a four-minute freak out, the Funeral Party fuses yelping vocals with busy bass lines and disco beats, bringing to mind bands like the Rapture, !!!, and a happier Mars Volta.

So listen to ‘The Funeral Party’ and stop brooding. It’s time to dance.

The Funeral Party, “Carwars”

Oh, and if you haven’t yet heard the new Julian Casablancas, here’s a track to whet your appetite.

Julian Casablancas, “Left & Right in the Dark”

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3 Responses to Funeral Party (in support of Julian Casablancas) – Cleveland, April 3

  1. David G says:

    I award The Funeral Party track three exclamation points.

    I dig this and two more tracks from the Julian Casablancas album, which, on the strength of the lead single, I was excited about. The rest of the tracks, I couldn’t stomach. Given you’re voyaging to Cleveland to see him, you must feel pretty different. Is it really worth giving this album a 1-UP?

    • David G says:

      Oh, and unless you’re talking about my desire for soggy food, it’s “whet” not “wet.” Changed.

    • Greg W says:

      I get what you’re saying about the album – the first few tracks are significantly better than the remainder. That being said, the final song (“Tourist”) is really growing on me. I’d say give it another listen and maybe you’ll find the 1-UP is in order. Oh, and I already visited Cleveland to see him. All of the songs translate well live – it makes me excited to be seeing the Strokes at Lollapalooza this summer.
      Good call on the silent ‘h’. It didn’t seem right when I typed it.

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