Massachusetts natives Funeral Attire are bringing the fundamentals back to post-hardcore music. Lots of bands label themselves that genre but very few have the ability to bring the emotion like these guys.
I caught myself listening to their EP (at 8 songs it’s more of an album than some full lengths we’ve seen) over and over. It’s infectious and I think that’s because listening to it makes you feel like there’s someone else out there who gets what you’re going through.
I spoke with bassist Chris Donis about the albums that changed his life:
Fall Out Boy – Take This To Your Grave
“This was the first album I bought with my own money. I was 12, I saw the album in Target and bought it because the cover reminded me of the Ramones, who I loved and still love. I don’t think this record can be beat in my book; every single song is well written, catchy, and powerful.”
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
“The 1975 are my favorite band, and I think this is the perfect record in so many ways. They have catchy hooks, expert instrumentation, and big ambient soundscapes. This is a record I can put on and not skip a single song, I can laugh and cry to it, it’s just wonderful.”
The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace is There
“This is a huge record for me emotionally – I don’t know why, but the first time I listened to this through I felt pummeled. It uses so much imagery that depicts interpersonal relationships in such a vulnerable way. The songs on this record are all very special to me.”
Deafheaven – Sunbather
“I always tell a story about this record when I talk about it, I didn’t get it the first few times I tried to listen to it although everybody seemed to regard it as a masterpiece at the time. Then one time, as I was driving on the highway on a 100 degree day with no AC, I rolled down the windows and put on the first track, “Dream House” and as soon as the music kicked in, a torrential downpour began. I got it then. If you aren’t into this record, keep trying, because it holds a very special place in my heart, but I didn’t get it immediately. If you don’t like the music, at least read the lyrics, because they’re nothing short of remarkable.”
Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die
“I don’t think a rapper has lived who could match Biggie in terms of flow and style. This record was just about all I listened to in high school, and it tells stories about a young man growing up in a world that existed to extinguish any glimmer of passion and ambition exhibited by people in his ecosystem. It’s a story about overcoming, and it’s everything a good hip hop record should be.”
The Used – The Used
“This was the first record I listened to that had screaming vocals, and without it, I have no idea what I’d be listening to now, or if I’d be writing the type of music I write. John Feldmann did an amazing job of producing this record to have a polished, accessible sound, while leaving a lot of the raw, ugliness that The Used are known for. There’s not one bad song on the thing.”
Third Eye Blind – Third Eye Blind
“I think Third Eye Blind are sometimes under-credited or pigeonholed as a nostalgia band, but musically and lyrically, every song on this record delivers. If you listen to the songs that weren’t necessarily the HUGE singles, they’re a lot more raw and edgy in terms of musicality and subject matter while still maintaining the giant, infectious 3EB sound. I just recently got into the deeper cuts on this record unfortunately, but it’s been playing in my car all summer. Way too good.”
My Chemical Romance – Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
“What a record. When I heard this, I was scared for my parents to hear it or watch the music videos. It seemed terrifying and weird to like this band in 7th grade, but that made it even more appealing to me.This is sort of regarded ubiquitously as the holy grail of third wave emo, or “MTV-mo”, and I’ll probably take some heat for this, and maybe get my license to get traditional tattoos taken away, but MTV-mo is the best kind of emo. Come kill me.”
Transit – Listen & Forgive (Reissue)
“Being a Boston guy, I’ve heard Transit catch a lot of flack for the song it sounded like they wrote exclusively to be played at Bruins games. I might get heat for even mentioning this record, but if you put aside the subsequent record and any corny Boston name drops you might hear associated with it, Listen & Forgive is one of the most perfect records I’ve ever heard. Especially the reissue, which has a few extra songs that are all wonderful. All around, this record reminds me of being in Massachusetts in October no matter where I am.”
Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle
“This record is one of the most honest, vulnerable record I’ve ever heard. Every song crashes into you, and sometimes you just need to sit there and feel it. I always keep this record near in the event that I need some solidarity in feeling messed up or unloved. Julien is one of my favorite artists to see live because the room becomes dead silent when she sings. Her voice, in its vulnerability, is captivating and haunting. Sprained Ankle tells a bunch of stories that have helped me through some tough times and I’m very thankful for this record.”
Listen to Funeral Attire’s debut EP, Joy, below and stay tuned for more with them later this year!