Funeral Party is a four-piece band that formed late one night in a park. Hardcore bands and metal bands dominated the local music scene at the time in Whittier, California, an East Los Angeles suburb comprised of mostly working-class enclaves. However in the East Los Angeles neighborhoods adjacent to Whittier, a post-punk dancecraze revival was emerging and Funeral Party began gigging every weekend, adding a new chapter to East Los Angeles’ rich musical history. Initially, the band didn’t even own equipment and had to borrow it from the other bands they played with at East Los Angeles backyard parties and warehouses and exploded locally, embraced by the hundreds of dancestarved teenagers that came out to “jungle-juice” parties every weekend.
The band still had no instruments, but they had songs; their only opportunity to write and practice came on the stage every weekend at various events. Within less than three months, the band was drawing more than 800 kids every weekend at random backyards across East Los Angeles, which did not go unnoticed by law enforcement. Inevitably, Funeral Party gigs would be shut down, usually before
the band played the first note of their set. This only fueled interest in the band and Funeral Party quickly achieved a mythic status, yet elusive aura in the Los Angeles underground. Lars Stalfors,
engineer for Mars Volta, invited the band to record in Volta’s studio in East L.A. The sessions yielded “Chalice”, which immediately became East L.A.’s theme song and could be heard bumping
on iPods throughout Southern California. Funeral Party returned to the studio with Lars Stalfors in 2009 to record their full-length debut, The Golden Age of Knowhere, signing to Sony/RCA shortly thereafter.
Funeral Party have gigged North America continuously, and played festival dates with Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, The Faint, Cut Copy, and Lilly Allen, just to name a few. The response to Funeral Party is always the same: they tear the house down and steal the night, unequivocally. Los Angeles Times writer, Kevin Bronson had this to say in an article titled, The Teenagers upstaged by…Teenagers: The atmosphere “at times seemed about two energy drinks short of bedlam…but on Tuesday the night belonged to Funeral Party, a quintet of electro-charged youngsters from East L.A./Whittier. 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, Funeral Party and singer Chad Elliot worked hard to charm the early arrivals, and did. They didn’t even need the cute accents,” referring to a show that was headlined by The Teenagers, a French band. What is unique about Funeral Party is the band’s universal appeal; some hear dance, others hear funk, some hear disco, and still more hear punk. However, Funeral Party dismisses any attempts at reductive categorization, as they have created a visceral music that encapsulates universal experiences of youth, but their sound is solely dictated by the realities and experiences of the members themselves: Chad Elliot (Vocals/Keys), James Lawrence Torres
(Guitar), and Kimo Kauhola (Bass).
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