Funeral Suits are a four-piece from Ireland consisting of Brian James, Mik McKeogh, Greg McCarthy and Dar Grant. A shared love of epic, distorted guitars, blistering harmonius pop, art rock and electronica led to the band spending the best part of two years holed up in a disused office space in deepest North County Dublin, writing, rehearsing and at times venturing out to play as special guests for Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Maccabees, Local Natives amongst others.
Funeral Suits have recorded their debut album Lily of the Valley with acclaimed producer Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths) which was released Model Citizen records on June 1st in Ireland and June 4th everywhere else.
The album includes the previously released singles Colour Fade, Health and All Those Friendly People.
While the dark and eerie sound of Colour Fade and Health really did the name Funeral Suits justice, some of the album is much more uplifting and danceable than the name would suggest. All Those Friendly People in particular is very radio and club friendly in my opinion. The anthemic opener Mary’s Revenge and Machines Too show the band at their most extravagant art rock sound.
All in all Funeral Suits have come up with a solid album that oscillates between the dark sound of distorted guitars and poppy electronica tunes. In a way, this is also the album’s greatest weakness. While the recent single may attract many indie pop fans they may also feel let down by the arty approach of the remainder of the album. Funeral Suits leave you wondering what kind of band they aim to be.