Interview: Funeral Party Does Not Necessarily Love New York

Funeral Party are dance punks from a metal neighborhood. Sounds dangerous, right? Well, lucky for them, it turns out that violent disco is exactly what the East L.A. underground’s been waiting for all along. Good sports Chad Elliott (vox, keyboard, laptop), James Torres (guitar) and Kimo Kauhola (bass) play like their lives depend on it, turning out jam after jam of frowny New York grit (The Rapture meets Blue Oyster Cult?), double-dipped in all-night L.A. gloss. Although, something tells us they may see things sliiightly differently…

Buzzworthy: In “NYC Moves To The Sound Of LA,” you sing, “New York City loves to mess around with the L.A. sound.” What is the L.A. sound and who in NYC is messing around with it?

Funeral Party: DOES IT REALLY MATTER? THE SONG ISN’T ABOUT JUST NYC; IN GENERAL IT’S ABOUT HOW EVERYTHING IS JUST A REPEAT OF ITSELF. C’MON YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THAT MORE THAN ANYTHING, YOU’RE MTV FOR %@#&’S SAKE.

BW: The Trail Of Dead tour never stops in New York. Do you hate New York?

FP: UM, YEAH, WE DID.

BW: What is L.A.’s equivalent of the Statue Of Liberty?

FP: THE STATUE AT THE HOMELESS SHELTER FOR FP: THE HOMELESS PEOPLE YOUR CITY HAS BANISHED TO LA.

BW: What’s sitting in traffic like?

FP: IT’S THE SAME AS SITING IN TRAFFIC IN NYC.

BW: Mayor Bloomberg asked us to ask you how many of your songs are about Cory Kennedy?

FP: WHO THE HELL IS CORY KENNEDY?

BW: Okay, so how did Funeral Party come to be?

FP: WE ALL MET THROUGH MUTUAL FRIENDS IN HIGH SCHOOL.

BW: Did you take your name from The Cure‘s song (don’t tell me it was the Ludmila Ulitskaya novel)?

FP: YEAH, IT HAD A BETTER RING TO IT THEN “ALL CATS ARE GREY.”

BW: You’re doing a lot of traveling right now. What are you listening to on repeat between shows?

FP: DIAMOND DOGS‘ ALBUM AND REVOLVER.

BW: What’s one thing you can’t survive without on the road?

FP: IPODS AND LUDO (NOT THE BAND, THOUGH).

BW: How have your shows changed since joining up with Trail Of Dead?

FP: IT’S MORE OF A ROCK SHOW THAN A DANCE FEST, LIKE IT WAS TOURING WITH YELLE.

BW: What’s more fun to play: Clubs or backyards?

FP: BACKYARDS ARE MORE FUN BECAUSE OF THE INTIMACY WITH THE AUDIENCE AND THE ENERGY OF IT ALL.

BW: You’re on Fearless Records. Be honest. What are your fears?

FP: PLAYING WITH OTHER BANDS FROM OUR LABEL.

BW: What do you make of the 25 Things phenomenon on Facebook? Does anybody care?

FP: WE SURE AS HELL DON’T.

BW: What band would you want to play your funeral?

FP: APHEX TWIN

BW: Thanks Funeral Party!