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The Golden Age Of Knowhere [CD]

Funeral Party Audio CD
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Southeast of Los Angeles, beyond the Hollywood sign and Scientology centres and beach bunnies, lies the city of Whittier. Here, life is a little tougher. Here, if you happen to form a band as a means of escape, you may see someone getting stabbed in front of the stage you’re playing on.
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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jive
  • ASIN: B003TML0W8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A.
2. Car Wars
3. Finale
4. Where Did It Go Wrong
5. Just Because
6. Postcards Of Persuasion
7. Giant
8. City In Silhouettes
9. Youth & Poverty
10. Relics To Ruins
11. The Golden Age Of Knowhere

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BBC Review

2011, as you'll doubtless have heard from many a quarter, is pencilled in as the year when guitars resume their twang chart-wards and small children start picking up tennis rackets again when they're playing at being pop stars. All well and good, but, given that the pop bar's been raised sufficiently high in recent times courtesy of tracks like Telephone, Pass Out and Katy on a Mission, where on earth is this resurgence going to come from? Frankly, the odds on it emanating from the Beady Eyes of the world are unspectacular.

Thankfully, though, there are other options – of which Funeral Party are a fine for-instance. In fairness, there's not a whole lot of wheel reinventing happening here, but that seems like a trifling query in the face of all the reckless careering (a far better option than rockless careerism, we're sure you'd agree) and chirpy cherry-picking of the counter-culture's most sky-punching manoeuvres through the ages that's going on instead. Last summer’s New York City Moves to the Sound of LA single boded fantastically, charging in with all the fiery fury of the Big Apple's most golden and, well, delicious scene-crashers of the early 00s. But, even fantasticallier, it's one of any number of rapturous master strokes up their dapper sleeves.

It helps that Chad Elliott's vocals are often pitched at a hormonal holler throughout; but his is anything but a one-note performance, even stretching to a practically Chrissie Hynde croon on the strangely lovely, if still somewhat excitable, Relics to Ruins, while Kimo Hauhola's bass is remarkably light on its feet throughout, traipsing nimbly en pointe towards the dancefloor with a choppy funk panache that finds energetic echoes in the sprung metronomy of Neil Gonzales' drums and considerable breakneck balance in the heavy-lifting-but-lighthearted oversized puppy rifferama supplied by James Torres. And those songs! Finale (placed a good half-hour before the end) recalls The Wedding Present at their most intense if they were a West Side Story street gang, Giant Song (the shortest track of all – you see what they're doing here?) is a compact alt-pop cyclone that buffets and blinds with unexpected spikes, while Youth & Poverty is just outright gorgeous, all Made Of Stone jangles and languorous angles.

And, best of all, they've not only remembered that you can't spell Funeral Party without "fun", or indeed "party", but they've also striven to make their soiree as all-are-welcome as possible. If the latest serving of salad days for indie has to start somewhere, it could do a whole lot worse than here.

--Iain Moffatt

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away!!!! 17 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was bought this for my birthday by one of my american mates. I have not been able to turn the album off!!! It is one of the best albums i have heard in a long time. The song "Finale" will have you jumping and shouting around the house.

The music itself seems to be a blend of The Strokes with the Killers. Amazing lyrics!

Well Recomended
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fed Up Of Rubbish Reviews!!! 4 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am fed up with most reviews I have read for this album!!!!!

In essence this is an upbeat funky punk sort of album! I have read reviews that state that this album lacks lyrical creativeness, well of course it will it wasnt written for that purpose it is an album that at the end of the day you stick on and think...... wait a minute this is funky. If I wanted to buy an album that was lyrical wonderful I would buy a Bob Dylan-esque sort of album. This on the other hand is meant for enjoying, upbeat funky and fun!

Also too many reviews are extremley critical of the vocals, me personally I think they are pretty good. Again as stated by my last point this album is not vocally tremendous if I wanted to buy a great vocal album I would look elsewhere

To conclude I would highly recommend this album for the fact that 7 or 8 out of the 11 tracks are up beat funky and fun, the remaining 3 or 4 are essentially for chillin. If you are expecting Bob Dylan- esque lyrics and tremendous vocals then it is probably not for you but that does not mean that this album is disappointing!
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10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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It's funny, isn't it? Back in 2002, sounding slightly disco-punk, post-punk or post-hardcore seemed like such a good bet. You had Hot Hot Heat, Radio 4, the Rapture and Interpol all basking in the modest glory of being The New Things. They sounded like Japan, Gang of Four, Konk, the Chameleons and loads of other bands besides and The Kids loved them. The older indie crowd liked them too because they Got It so everyone was happy.

Here, in 2011, we find Funeral Party (named after a song by The Cure, no less), who are not so much unfashionably late to the post-punk revival party but could quite possibly find themselves in the canny position of sounding like they are actually starting a whole new party at 6:00 AM the following day. Last year's "New York City Moves to the Sound of L.A." was an excellent danceable mess of a single; desperate and jittery and generously splashed with enough cowbell that you'd think LCD Soundsystem were somehow involved and then, nothing. There was a little more nothing due to label issues and when the follow-up single "Just Because" arrived, no-one really cared. Not a bad track - and not a cover of the Jane's Addiction 2003 comeback single - so, so far so so-so. To say that "The Golden Age of Knowhere" limped out in an almost similar fashion would be completely unkind but unfortunately very, very true. January 2011 was more notable for indie rock releases by Cloud Nothings, the Decemberists and Smith Westerns - all albums by bands who could equally be accused of being backwards-looking, whether it's C86 or 90s Americana or 70s glam - and sadly, compared to these offerings, the Funeral Party album seems too one-dimensional, both modern yet curiously dated and, well, a bit silly.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jumpy Jumpy Music 7 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Funeral Party are a stroppy, bolshy-mouthed bunch of
Californian boys who make a lot of noise and have
captured some of it in their first album 'The Golden
Age Of Knowhere'. It is a mighty fine noise too!

Principal offenders are : Chad Elliott, who sings
and spits and snarls (and in all probability bites!);
James Torres, who plays the guitar with violent finesse;
Kimo Kauhola, who manages the bass and Alfredo Ortiz
who knocks all hell out of his drumkit.

The eleven songs in the collection are brimming over
with bratish, punkish energy. Yup, we've heard its like
before (a hundred times and more) but one must admit that
they do it with more panache and conviction than most.
Even when the lads rip into a high-kicking football chant
such as we encounter on the ribald anthem 'Finale' (with
its curious Supertramp-like piano entry!) its hard not
to be carried along by their unfettered enthusiasm.
(In my mind's ear I found myself thinking what a Katy
Perry cover might sound like but that's another story!)

There's very little time to relax here. It's all sit-up-
and-listen stuff. Anthems to doomed yoof to the max!
'Giant' and final track 'The Golden Age Of Knowhere'
(complete with tweety-tweety birds) are both storming
examples of carefully structured mania and mayhem;
the latter demonstrating some fine ensemble playing.

My money's on 'Postcards Of Persuasion' for top prize
however. It's a little bit early-U2, a little bit My
Chemical Romance but all-in-all the band possess enough
rough and ready elan of their own to duck the comparisons.

An entertaining debut to jump up and down to mindlessly!

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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars One trick pony 22 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this on the strength of the single New York City Moves To The LA Sound plus reviews and was sorely disappointed. The rest of the tracks just slide into commercial US pop alt rock, whereas the single has a real edge, I suppose I knew what had happened when I realised they had signed to Sony (Jive are Sony).
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