Funeral Party

Funeral Party are a band who tends to get pigeon holed before people have even heard their music. Electing to name themselves after a Cure song, which in turn sounds like it could be the name of a hard core band has meant that there have been a lot of misconstrued ideas from people who judge the Funeral Party Book by its cover.


"Originally we thought the name would bring us more fans. When we started out there were a lot of hard core bands and we thought it sounded like a hard core name so that's kinda why we chose it," explains front man Chad Elliot. "The name kinda does a weird thing but all in all I think it serves its purpose."


The four piece served their apprenticeship in the notorious suburban back yard and warehouse parties of East Los Angeles. The chaos of these early shows, which could often be cancelled before the band had even picked up their instruments, was essentially the Funeral Party's inspiration to start making music.


"L.A itself when it comes to parties is just weird kinda scene. We kinda jumped right into that whole thing, we just wanted to be a part of it," reminisces Elliot. "We were going to these parties before the band started and we were like ‘Wow, this is so amazing, we want to get into this whole scene'. We kinda started the band to kinda just jump in there. Those shows were pretty crazy."


The band was so eager to start playing these gigs that they did so without instruments of their own. It was mainly borrowed instruments that Funeral Party gained notoriety for their manic live show before Mars Volta producer Lars Stalfors invited them to record their debut "The Golden Age of Knowhere".


"I think that a lot of the beginning sounds we made as band kind of reflect that whole idea of those parties. They definitely had a lot to do with the beginning of the band and the album. It's a kinda different aspect now though.


"Since we started the band it's honestly been like, fuck, four or five years? So it's a different kind of energy, we've grown up. So I mean now, urgency that was there in the beginning is there in a different kind of way."


It seems that urgency has transgressed to other aspects of the band. Although the "Golden Age of Knowhere" was only released at the start of the year, Funeral Party already has their sophomore release all but ready to go. Although the band has been playing the majority of "Golden Age of Knowhere" live for some time, Elliot recognises the need to keep the band fresh in an age where music is more and more disposable.


"The new album isn't really in the works anymore," laughs Elliot. "We're going to be finishing it up real soon. We've been writing it for a while so we've just been sitting on it. We've gotta put the final touches on it and I dunno when its gonna be out, I cant really promise a date."


Elliot promises that album number two will be a different entity to their debut, the band opting to explore different writing and recording options in favour of merely recreating "The Golden Age of Knowhere". The as yet untitled album has been recorded sporadically in between tour dates over the past year or so.


"We'd prefer to be in the studio for a good amount of time and record and focus on the album like that. Unfortunately with releasing another album you have to put your focus on that so you cant just put something out and not do anything about and then record another one. You gotta do something about it, you gotta tour it. We made recording fit around what we needed to do."


And tour it they have. Funeral Party have pretty much bounced continuously from one side of the northern hemisphere to the other in the past two years. In between numerous headline tours of their own the Los Angeles lads have supported the likes of the Mars Volta, Crystal Castles and Panic! At the Disco. An impressive resume already, yet the boys are itching to add Australia to their list of conquests.


"We're really fucking excited. I mean it's our first time over there. We hope the Australian crowd accepts us, you know, understands us. Its always weird to play in front of a new audience because like, the first time we played in front of a London audience we didn't know if they were on the same page and like it was the people we played to were more observant I guess. I think, I hope, the Australian crowd will be past that limit a little bit more though."


Elliot provides only a two word summary when asked what a Funeral Party live show is like. You could almost hear his smile when he responds to the question simply with "fucking chaos". Sounds like fun don't it?


Funeral Party play the Capitol in Perth on August 2, the Metro Theatre in Sydney on August 5, the Hi-Fi in Melbourne on August 9 and the Hi-Fi in Brisbane on August 11.

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