Funeral Suits - "Lily of The Valley"
Funeral Suits are an Irish 4 piece who are set to oppose the synth addled world of Indie, going against conformity to create an art rock sound that liberates as much as it refreshes. Their debut album "Lily Of The Valley", produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) is released on June 4th through Modern Citizens records, and is an assured treat!
Brian James, Mik McKeogh, Greg McCarthy and Car Grant are the men behind this distorted rock ensemble, who have drawn a breadth of inspiration from what can only be described as a band's bands (Radiohead, Mogwai, Animal Collective), but in truth, it goes deeper than that, referencing back to a time when Kings Of Leon where still original. Opening on a short, echoed a cappella, they don't take long to let rip their solid, well orchestrated riffs and tight drum rudiments. Vocally, it is bordering on American post-punk, with a dash more restraint, displaying a plethora of emotions that can uplift as easily as it can sadden. They bounce merrily over soft, yet prominent layers, without ever detracting attention away from the composition. The album as a whole is a finely tuned beast, with clearly much thought into order and user experience. The deep, haunting bass on the track "Health" takes snippets of style from "Queens Of The Stone Age", in which the drumming is so on point, you question if they worked around the rudiments. The next track, "Hands Down" is something that Fleet Foxes could have made, if they veered slightly towards a darker side, with ethereal vocals. This is not an album however, of stolen ideas. Their sound is highly distinguishable, for reasons many, but forthmostly the diversity and conviction of each track. They give you a welcomed, whimsical and nostalgic break in the middle, the stand out being "All Those Friendly People", which reminisces to a younger time, without responsibility, except for your sense of fashion. To be frank, this could be one of the best "band" albums of the year. In a day when it is getting increasingly difficult to hear originality from your "standard" four piece, they have hit it way out of the ballpark. It won't be long until these Dublin lads are a household name. The play a string of dates around the U.K, for which if you are available, we highly recommend you attend. Live UK dates: May Wed 2 Newcastle Cluny Thurs 3 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's Fri 4 Sheffield Bowery Sun 6 London Camden Crawl Wed 9 Guildford Boiler Room Thurs 10 Bath Moles Fri 11 Camden Crawl, Dublin Sat 12 Nottingham Bodega Sun 13 Cardiff Buffalo Bar Mon 14 Bristol Croft Tues 15 Brighton Green Door Store Wed 16 London Bull & Gate Thurs 17 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds Fri 18 Liverpool Leaf (Sound City - supporting Bear in Heaven) Sat 19 Leeds Cockpit