Four years on from their last long player FUNERAL CHIC have today announced their third full-length album – titled Roman Candle. Set to be released on July 29 via Prosthetic Records, Roman Candle represents something of a metamorphosis and renewal for the quartet. Alongside the album announcement, FUNERAL CHIC have shared lead single Spit & Crawl with a raucous accompanying music video.
Speaking on the album announcement, the band comments: “Spit & Crawl is our Hotel California, except it’s about angeldust instead of coke. This whole record is a bad acid trip, and this song is just the first tab. We could’ve quietly went away like so many other bands during the pandemic; instead we came back to make all your lives worse.”
Holding no desire to make the same album twice, FUNERAL CHIC have eschewed the punk-led powerviolence that informed their previous work and have embraced the great tradition of American rock and roll – but given it a very distinctive FUNERAL CHIC twist. The swagger of proto-punk forefathers The Stooges and The New York Dolls imbues the darkest, grittiest corners of their reinvigorated sound, and can also be found on their cover of Roky Erickson’s Two Headed Dog. The caustic energy of early thrash and black metal scenes is also present, flickering with unmistakable incandescence throughout.
Having previously led with their outspoken politics, this time the lyrics are refracted through a more personal – but no less fervoured – lens. With members of the band taking a path of sobriety in recent years, the knot of rage that was previously doused with alcohol has been channeled into the lyrics on Roman Candle instead. Ten tales of sweat and pungent aggression dripping into a powder keg of a global identity crisis weave throughout the album’s length.
Recorded at Legit Biz, in Greensboro, NC with engineer, Kris Hilbert, FUNERAL CHIC guitarist, Robert Stroud, oversaw production, before the album was mixed by Matt Russell and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Throughout the process of creating Roman Candle, FUNERAL CHIC has – without ceremony – sloughed away old skin to reveal something new beneath. The volatile and unpredictable experience of living in modern day America is distilled via the mercurial sound of aggressive punk, sleazy Americana, and raw heavy metal. Roman Candle marks the beginning of the next blistering chapter for FUNERAL CHIC.
Roman Candle tracklist:
1. Made in America
2. Spit & Crawl
3. Roman Candle
5. Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere
7. Built to Love
8. Born to Kill
9. Last Line Blues
10. Two Headed Dog