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Interview: Funeral Party


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Hailing from LA, Funeral Party are that idea of aspiration. The four piece formed as a means of getting out of their home town and of course they've met bigger things. With their charismatic debut Golden Age of Nowhere and their passionate live performances, Funeral Party have a wonderfully youthful energy about them.

Funeral PartyTNS: Your debut album’s called Golden Age of Nowhere.  You’ve stated that you wanted to get out of the town you grew up in. Do the album and your aspiration have anything in common with each other?

Chad Elliot: They don’t have anything in common but we just wanted to get out of our town. It got so boring.

James Lawrence Torres: I suppose that’s what a lot of people feel about their hometown.

Chad: I mean LA’s got an alright music scene with bands like Warpaint but when we moved to New York, there was so much more there.

TNS: There’s the Chilli Peppers.

James: That’s true but they don’t really count!

The album was also produced by Lars Stalfors of the Mars Volta. How was it working with him?

Chad: It was great. He was a fan of the band and we all knew him before Mars Volta. When we were recording, he knew what kind of band we are and what we wanted so there were no problems really.

Do you guys believe in the occult and mystical things as the Mars Volta have often been associated with?

Chad: We do.

Kemo Kauhola: We’ve each had individual experiences with it.

James: I’ve heard stories about playing with Ouija boards individually that have led to dangerous things. By using one on your own, it makes it easier for whoever you’re contacting to get you. In an old house I lived in, I always head doors slamming which was freaky.

Kemo: I was in a car once driving in intense weather conditions. It was basically a blizzard and we stopped. The snow gathered up on the window but instead of the snow filling it up normally, it took the shape of a man.

Chad, you’ve stated that you had to do several vocal takes, each adapting to your relationship situations.

Chad: I suppose my voice did sound a lot different then but during recording, I was made to drink alcohol to take things further. It made my voice a little more powerful and grizzlier.

Do you guys function better on alcohol?

James: Sometimes. Not whilst we’re on stage though.

You also stated that Fearless Records eventually had no interest in you. Was this frustrating for you guys?

They were an evil company and since we’ve gone through this experience, we’re a lot more wise now. If I were to give any new bands advice that would be to check everything before throwing yourselves in the deep end.

In reviews too, some people have said that Finale is a carbon copy of the Libertines Can’t Stand Me Now. Could you explain how this feels, comparing you to a band that stylistically, isn’t like you on the major part?

Chad: I read that and I just found it really strange. We’ve never even heard of the Libertines or Babyshambles. Considering we’re from America and take different influences from them, it’s an odd comparison. If they put that in an American magazine, not a lot of people would understand it. No American journalist would make the comparison.

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