Sound: Funeral Party's The Golden Age of Knowhere marks the debut for the Californian rockers. The sound of the album is one of the most energetic albums of the year by far. The band recorded the album with Lars Stalfors most notable for his work with The Mars Volta. The album was recorded in 2008 and was finished in a year but due to a change in record label it was held back for two years. Chad Elliot also mentioned that during the recording process he was going through a break up-slash-getting with someone else which played up with his voice.
The opening track New York City Moves to the Sound of LA gives you a taste of what is coming along its shredding guitar, the beating cowbell and the dancey bassline shows how the wait for this record was worth it. Another stand out track Finale proves that the band is not a one hit wonder the chant during the chorus makes the track absolute genius. Other stand out tracks include Where Did It Go Wrong, the re-record of Carwars and Just Because all make part of enjoyable album. Though there were let downs, some tracks seemed unnecessary and others sounded like the previous track which was disappointing. // 7
Lyrics: Chad Elliot's vocal style will make his vocal chords blow out within 5-6 years. This is very disappointing due to the talent in the band. The lyrics are mainly break ups and doing crazy shit as a teen. The band noted an influence as the book The Lord of the Flies which was based around civilisation giving the band of an idea of civilisation reforming but with a different point of view which made some lyric interesting. Overall it's kinda hard to hear what Chad Elliot is singing due to his wailing style but the music he sings with makes it appropriate. // 6
Overall Impression: Before I say anything else about this record I literally ran to my local record store after school just to get a copy and have a listen. The album overall is not disappointing but not a masterpiece. It's a record I will continue to listen to in the future but somehow ill only listen to the stand out tracks and forget about the rest of the album. The guitar shredding sounds awesome with the thumping bass the drums make the album sounds very complete and well formed the producer did a very good job capturing the live sound of the band. It's a good debut and hopefully the bands sophomore record is much more structured. I have to say well done to Funeral Party. // 8