FUNERAL CHIC are today premiering the second single and title track from their forthcoming third album, Roman Candle, alongside an accompanying music video via Decibel. The visual sees FUNERAL CHIC in a performance video setting with a crucial – and raucously fun – twist, thanks to puppetry and a healthy dose of rock’n’roll.
Speaking on the single and music video, FUNERAL CHIC comments: “We had so much fun writing and recording this song, and we definitely wanted a music video to match that energy. We assembled the puppets and did all the puppeteering ourselves so we could live out our crackhead Jim Henson fantasy. Arts and crafts is the punkest shit you can do nowadays.”
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 on Roman Candle – without compromising their distinctive component parts. 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