Holed up in a disused office space in deepest North Country Dublin, 4 young Irish lads with a shared love of epic, distorted guitars, art rock and electronica, set about writing an album. 2 years on and Funeral Suits’ "Lily of The Valley" is ready for release, the result a debut of remarkable maturity, dark and mournful in places, epic and uplifting in others. The album is set for release on 6th June through Model Citizen Records and was produced by the highly influential Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) who has been on board from the very start.
The final line up of Brian James, Mik McKeogh, Greg McCarthy and Dar Grant was completed in 2011, shortly before the release of their debut single "Colour Fade" through Friends vs. Records. Along with its follow up "Health", the song enjoyed support from the likes of Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Steve Lamaq and Huw Stephens. With support slots for Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, and Local Natives under their belts and appearances at SXSW, Great Escape and Reading/Leeds Festival last year, the band are ready to make a big impression on the live circuit in 2012.
They are influenced by a plethora of artists including Radiohead, The Knife, Mogwai and Animal Collective but their sound is very much their own. From the haunting vocal and menacing guitars on opener "Mary's Revenge" right through to the dreamy hypnotism of closing track "I Still Love the High", "Lily of the Valley" is unique but realistic, thrilling yet honest. Funeral Suits are here, and they mean to stay.
"All those friendly people" is the latest single to be taken from the debut album,"Lily Of The Valley".
"Lily Of The Valley" track-listing:
1. Mary’s Revenge
2. Colour fade
4. Hands Down
5. All Those Friendly people
6. We Only Attack Ourselves
7. Adventures _ Misadventures
8. Stars and Spaceships
11. I Still Love The High
Live UK dates: May 2012
Wed 2Newcastle Cluny
Thurs 3 Edinburgh Sneaky Pete's
Fri 4Sheffield Bowery
Sun 6London Camden Crawl
Wed 9Guildford Boiler Room
Thurs 10Bath Moles
Fri 11Camden Crawl, Dublin
Sat 12Nottingham Bodega
Sun 13Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Mon 14 Bristol Croft
Tues 15Brighton Green Door Store
Wed 16 London Bull & Gate
Thurs 17Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Fri 18Liverpool Leaf (Sound City - supporting Bear in Heaven)
Sat 19Leeds Cockpit
...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...