Funeral Party

The Golden Age Of Knowhere

Written by: TL on 24/07/2011 00:50:48

While most of our hip readers have likely already heard of Los Angeles five-piece Funeral Party, who was listed 47th on NME's list of "Best New Bands Of 2010", and whose debut LP "The Golden Age Of Knowhere" has actually been around abroad since January. For one reason or another however, RCA Records (a sub-label to Sony Music Group) are not releasing it in Denmark till August 31st, and in case that has kept you fine people from listening to the band so far, then here's a review to give you a clue about what to expect from them.

Early in their career, Funeral Party moved from Fearless Records to RCA, because they didn't agree with Fearless trying to push them as a pop-punk band, and if "Golden Age Of Knowhere" is indeed a manifestation of their personality, then that move was probably a good idea, because the band rather explores a danceable indie-rock located somewhere between the likes of The Strokes, Two Door Cinema Club and Wolf Parade. Bright, buzzing guitars and retro sounding keys propel songs that are mainly up-beat, while singer Chad Elliot delivers a rough, squeaky vocal that can be imagined as a slightly higher pitched Matthew Shultz (of Cage The Elephant).

Despite Elliot pouring as much energy and attitude into the music as he seemingly can however, his delivery is symptomatic of the record at large being characterized more by enthusiasm than consistency. Sure, there are winners on offer here, I count a small handful with "Just Because" and "Postcards Of Persuasion" seeming the catchiest and "New York City Moves To The Sound Of LA" and "Finale" close behind, but the remaining numbers fail to connect quite so well, and while listening to those, it becomes apparent that Funeral Party don't have much depth or variety to introduce to their expression when the hooks don't come quite as easily.

Overall then, the record appears as a fairly typical slab of music from the layer of indie-rock sitting on the verge of massive mainstream exposure, with a couple of catchy songs to take note of, but lacking the consistency to function as a persistent album experience. We get a lot of bands that do significantly worse, albeit with the less label support, and we get a lot of bands that do significantly better, some of them with more label support. What does that say about "The Golden Age Of Knowhere" then? Well, maybe not a whole hell of a lot, but it's my way of saying that the record is good - not great - for what it is, and it comes recommended for those who're missing some trendy dance-rock for their hip little parties, while those looking for a deeper and more textured experience should maybe check out something else.


Download: Just Because, Postcards Of Persuasion, New York City Moves To The Sound Of LA, Finale
For The Fans Of: The Strokes, Wolf Parade, Two Door Cinema Club

Release Date 31.08.2011
RCA Records

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