Adding another gift under the dance punk tree this holiday season, Funeral Party unveiled their first EP early December. Despite the genre being dominated by the likes of The Faint or, stretching, Jaguar Love, few have garnered such early overseas notice like these Californians. They’re just stepping off of a tour in support of France’s electro-pop Yelle, who personally requested them, on her second tour of North America in 2008.
The Bootleg EP is a short, three-song tasting featuring two standouts from the tour; Carwars and NYC Moves to the Sound of LA. The sole remainder suffers a sort of middle child syndrome, easy to forget when bookended by the aforementioned. It’s just a standard noisy dance punk track that is too easy to get lost with, and not quite remember what happened.
However, the previously released Carwars captures their live energy, which is their strongest attribute. Simple melodies and embellished with cowbell, it provokes not Techtonik, but a decent dance beat. Funeral Party’s debut EP shows promise, as the guys have talent on stage, but the production muddles the music. It’s a small gift perfect to lose oneself in, albeit not intensely, and be satisfied.