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Funeral Party – “New York City Moves To The Sounds of LA” | July 18, 2010

Remember back in 2003 when The Rapture released Echoes and the entire world went crazy for dance-punk, and The Rapture ascended into the rock and roll canon as the band who ushered in the newest hybridized musical revolution that effectively changed the face of popular music for years to come, something that hadn’t been accomplished since Nirvana almost a decade prior?

Okay, so maybe dance-punk never caught on outside of small underground circles, but that doesn’t mean that it still isn’t fun to listen to and talk about. Following in the footsteps of dance-punk grandfathers The Rapture and Death From Above 1979 comes the newest talent in the field, East Los Angeles’ five-piece band Funeral Party.

The Los Angeles music scene is currently dominated by the ongoing feud between hardcore punkers and metalheads, not to mention a bursting electronic scene of do-it-yourself-ers being led headstrong into the public consciousness by Flying Lotus. This hardly seems like the appropriate place for a group of post-punkers and dance-revivalists to call home, but LA is Funeral Party’s home and the music reflects that. Bouncy, catchy, yet rough and frantically energetic, songs on their debut self-titled LP like “New York Moves To The Sounds of LA” are brilliant slices of dance-punk that will get your body moving and get you singing along in no time. These songs act as if dance-punk is the status quo for mainstream rock and dance music, dancing and rocking with ecstatic energy and a fresh spin on an old sound.

Funeral Party’s world is one where dance-punk never died out, and they see regular radio play, large sold-out concerts, and critical acclaim. Whether or not that type of success follows the release of Funeral Party is largely up to chance. With any luck, they’ll be able to rewrite the past by taking their future into their own hands with addictive songs that make the listener only care about living, feeling, and soaking in the ecstasy of the present.

Listen: Funeral Party – “New York City Moves to the Sound of LA”


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    About Me: Chris Robinson

    A budding writer and avid music fan from Los Angeles, California, I am a recent graduate of Music History from UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music. I've written for the UCLA Daily Bruin, graduated valedictorian from high school, and enjoy many different types of music, from The Beatles to Beethoven, and everything in between. I wrote my senior thesis on lyrical misinterpretations in popular music, focusing on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA."

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