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Funeral Suits come from Dublin, Ireland and make rock music. Sometimes they make it dark, brooding, intense and monolithic. Sometimes they make it life affirming, surging and adrenalin charged. It’s beauty and beast combined in schizophrenic glory and it’s this duality which sets Funeral Suits apart.
Their debut album ‘Lily Of The Valley’ has been produced by Stephen Street, best known for his work with Blur and The Smiths. Just released by leading Irish independent label Model Citizen, the album is a spellbinding showcase of shadows and light.
Following a brace of well received limited edition EP’s, the final band line up of Brian James, Mik McKeogh, Greg McCarthy and Dar Grant released their debut single ‘Colour Fade’ on London based Friends Vs. Records in 2011. Along with the follow up ‘Health’, the song enjoyed support from Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens. Following support slots with Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Macabees and Local Natives, the band played SXSW, The Great Escape and Leeds / Reading in 2011, before signing with Model Citizen.
With three successful UK tours this year, ‘Lily Of The Valley’ has been warmly greeted by fans and critics alike. Recent single ‘All Those Friendly People’ with its stunning video, has enjoyed over one million views on YouTube. Current single ‘Hands Down’ has a thrilling sequel clip and can be picked up on very scarce Spanish 7” vinyl import. Radio support for the band continues to flourish at BBC Radio 1, XFM, BBC 6 Music, Q Radio, Absolute Radio and Amazing Radio. Meanwhile over in America, ‘Colour Fade’ is currently one of the most added tracks on the vast and influential US college radio network.
FEAR OF FLOATING
Fear of Floating is a new group consisting of ex The House that Gloria Vanderbilt members Elizabeth, Tom and Timmy Stedman and Erik Bocek of American Heritage, Joan of Arc & Ghosts and Vodka. Drawing from simplistic arrangements, swooning distortions & effects, catchy rhythms and angelic vocals this band could be best described as a mix of 90’s shoegaze meets pop. Shedding the math and destructive nature of previous musical endeavors this group represents an earnest devotion to the vocal melodies and offers the music as it’s accompanying bow. This less is more approach is intended to leave the listener with room for dessert because isn’t it better to leave wanting more than being so stuffed full of shit you can’t even walk sometimes?
Into Arcadia are a contemporary music group hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin,though they donʼt operate within a particular regional sound or musical sphere. There are certain reference points that can be gleaned by the listener, but the ﬁnal output is something uniquely their own.
The band began with the musical partnership of singer/guitarist Otto Ohlsson and guitarist Ken Buesing. The ﬁrst incarnation of the band recorded and released their debut ep Maps For Children. Though it was comprised of early material, Maps contained a blueprint for many of the elements that deﬁne Into Arcadia. The release contained orchestral embellishments as well as the digital ﬂourishes by producer Simon Bundy that would become a mainstay in the bandʼs recorded output.
Into Arcadia then underwent a personnel shakeup in which bassist Zach Steiner and drummer Antonio Ninham were introduced into the lineup. Riding the momentum of a more stabilized working unit, the band released the single Panic.
The band is now presenting the culmination of their efforts in the form of their ﬁrst full length, Escaper. The album features a more expansive sound, exploring territory that had been hinted at in earlier material. The band is currently bringing its live representation to dates in support of the album, while simultaneously still forging ahead composing material with intentions for a short turnaround period for a followup release.