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INTERVIEW: Funeral Homes Talks (And Premieres) New Single

Funeral Homes is a Melbourne, Florida based indie project. They are influenced by bands like modest mouse, horse jumper of love, slowdive, and death cab for cutie. Funeral Homes started as a high school acoustic bedroom project, but has slowly turned into a genre bending mix of shoegaze, indie rock, slowcore, and pop. They released their debut EP, April Showers Bring May Flowers, last spring through Lonely Ghost Records. Now they are getting ready to release their first album, Lavender House, in late 2019. The album is a journey through different sounds spanning from chill dream pop and sludgy hardcore to twangy alt-country and energetic indie rock.

Hi, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! Thank you so much for having me. I’ve been good! I’ve been focusing more on school than music for the last few months, and it’s been a nice change of pace.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Oil Pastels”?

I wrote Oil Pastels in like a day in either march or april. I was listening to this album called Comco by Community College a lot at the time and that really influenced the song instrumentally. Lyrically it’s a reflection of where I was at that point in time and where I was a year before that.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was going through stuff at my dads house one day at found some art supplies an old partner of mine had left there, it got me thinking about that part of my life again so I wrote this song to document it in a way.

The single comes off your new album ​Lavender House – what’s the story behind the title?

There’s a house around where I live that’s a really nice soft purple-ish color. I would see it a lot walking my mom’s boyfriend’s dog around the neighborhood and I just thought the two words sounded nice together.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded the whole album in my room on garageband this year. I was just experimenting with different sounds and didn’t really mean to make an album at first, but I ended up with these songs that don’t sound super similar to each other that my label and I liked too much not to do anything with. Most of the lyrics were written while writing the songs but a few are from last year too.

What role does Florida play in your music?

Honestly not much besides the fact that I live here and that affects what I experience y’know? I’ve made some really good friends with other Florida bands like Two Point Conversion, Handsome Thing, Snacking, and Photofire though.

How has Modest Mouse and Slowdive influenced your writing?

Modest Mouse is a band I grew up listening to because of my dad and I never really cared until I got older honestly but they’ve definitely influenced the way I write my bass parts the most. I don’t write as much shoegaze-y songs anymore, there’s like a dream pop-y sounding song on the record but that’s about it, but my older music is super slowdive influenced. I got really into them right after a break up haha.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

I usually just kinda play guitar until I find something I like and then I build on that until I have a song, I either try to write lyrics right then or take lyrics I haven’t used yet and see how they work. The meaning of my lyrics kinda varies, sometimes they’re like actually about stuff in my life and sometimes I just write to describe or convey a certain feeling.

Any plans to hit the road?

I don’t have a band so not yet, but hopefully soon!

What else is happening next in Funeral Homes’ world?

Besides the album next month, not too much honestly. I’m working on new merch designs right now. Maybe some shows in 2020? I don’t really know haha, we’ll see.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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