Funeral Party is a five-piece electro-rock band from Whittier, CA carving their way into the Los Angeles music scene. Described by the LA Times as "a quintet of electro-charged youngsters from East L.A.. At moments recalling the dance-punk revivalism of early Moving Units and The Rapture and at others bouncing along to a skittish cowbell like LCD Soundsystem." The band's universal appeal to dance, funk, disco and punk fans alike has contributed to their rising popularity and led to appearances on Indie 103.1, Southern California's largest commercial indie music station, as well as support from college radio.
Funeral Party’s “Bootleg EP” is out today at all digital retailers including iTunes, Rhapsody and Amazon. A debut full length album, which is being recorded in December and January at The Mars Volta's studio in Los Angeles, is expected to be released on April 21, 2009. Lars Stalfors, the engineer on the most recent Mars Volta album, will be producing/engineering the full length. Funeral Party recently finished up their first full US tour as direct support for the French hipster icon Yelle (Astralwerks), in October/November 2008.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
12/6 - Los Angeles, CA: FMLY Presents: Enjoy Human (2323 Porter St) w/ Blackblack, Japanther
12/7 - Los Angels, CA: Spaceland w/ Friendly Fires
1/15 - San Francisco, CA: Popscene @ 330 Ritch
Track-by-track description of the "Bootleg EP" :
“Carwars,” is a song about forbidden love, specifically, the love that occurs in the back seat of your car with your best friend’s girlfriend while he’s passed out drunk in the front seat, no less!
Chad Elliot claims that “Chalice” is about the most Death-Metal title Funeral Party could think of. When Funeral Party first started playing shows, they were sharing bills with hardcore bands. “The song is about self-loathing… I guess we framed it for kids that gravitated to, like, wizards and warlocks and shit. It is sort of an inside joke, like drinking from the cup of Satan. In the context of the song, I guess we are like the ‘Spawns of Destruction’ or something. We recorded it using Omar’s gear at Volta’s studio. Lars Stalfors recorded it. We recorded it on Volta’s off days. At the time, we didn’t even have our own gear!”
“NEW YORK CITY MOVES TO THE SOUND OF L.A.”
“NYC” started as a challenge to NYC bands: “Come on mother fucker, bring it!” The song, however, has evolved. Like all texts, its significance is transient.“That song used to be like a call to arms for L.A. bands, but now it’s more like I’m just trying to tell everyone, WAKE UP," said lead vocalist Chad Elliot. "So much is going on, the choice is ours, but it is easier for people to sit back and have someone else tell them what to do. It’s so annoying because it seems like people don’t want to think for themselves anymore. That song is political. It used to be about scene politics, but it’s more global now,” said Elliot.
Myspace - www.myspace.com/funeralparty