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Get To Know The Funeral Portrait with Punk Nation!

Posted by punk-nation on September 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Are you ready for The Funeral Portrait? The Atlanta, GA rock band are storming the music industry with a fresh perspective and fearless demeanor. Theatrical rock is their young expertise, and they're making a go at bringing it to the masses by means of tours with the industries leading acts, and a kickass debut EP titled For The Dearly Departed. The sky's truly the limit for a band with this much audacity, and we'll be watching to see where they go from here. Until then, you can get to know the five guys that compose the band below!



Tell us about For The Dearly Departed. What new ideas and sounds should we be listening for?

Juergie Landstrom: For The Dearly Departed is a short concept album revolving around a single character who endures the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. The first song is the event that triggers the process, and the following songs represent each of the five stages. I'm not going to tell anyone how to listen to our music, but it helps to keep this concept in mind to understand the product as a whole. As far as new sounds or ideas to listen for, we enjoyed writing more "call and response" vocal parts to utilize the dual vocalist dynamic. We also worked very hard to organize the momentum of each song and the EP as a whole, so that the songs accurately represented the emotions that coincide with the five stages of grief.


 

What’s your favorite lyric from the album?

Lee Jennings: I'd rather bury you alive

Than bear the burden that you keep

'Cause you're a poison in my veins

I'll never say surrender.

 

Chris King: My iron heart has turned to rust and in the end it has one home between these crooked broken bones.

 

Steve Danzey: I've been through hell, and now I'm waiting on high water, to help me choose, to sink or swim, to beg for air just like you once did.

 

Landstrom: I'm feeling better I swear.

 

AJ Pekarek: Tangerine walls and Celestion halls scream like hell and the neighbors can tell.


When and how did your life in the music industry start?

Jennings: I started running sound at a local venue when I was 14 years old. I didn't care much about school. All I wanted to do was play in my band and run shows for the rest of my life.

 

Landstrom: What sparked my love for punk music was my first show, when my dad took me to see Gang Of Four in a packed out bar.

 

King: Started doing music when I was 14 in a local band.

 

Pekarek: I still don't understand the music industry, I guess it finally hit me when we were at Dave and Busters and I was signing my contract on an air hockey table.

 


What album has been the most influential on your life?

Jennings: For me it would have to be My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge. I remember going to MediaPlay the day it was released, and then rushing home to blast it from my bedroom for the next 10 years straight! The crazy amount of teenage angst and sass on that record changed the way I see music forever.

 

Landstrom: Tubelord - Our First American Friends. This record got me through some of the hardest times in my life, and greatly influenced the way I write music.

 

Danzey: Opeth - Watershed. For me this album not only changed the way I thought of music, but my approach to writing itself. When I heard it at first, I was like "Wow, they can write songs that might start with sheer intensity, but then seamlessly transition into moments of emotion and beauty." To me that's what music is all about.

 

Pekarek: When I first heard Introducing by Foxy Shazam, it changed my entire outlook on music, and opened me up to a whole world of exciting music and genuine, interesting people.

 

King: Doppelgänger by The Fall of Troy is the most influential album on my life.

 


Tell us about the most surreal moment of your career thus far.

I think it would have to be when the guys at Revival took us out for pizza on the last day of tracking out new EP in Raleigh. Right after we were finished eating they said, "So we want to sign your band." The way they told us was so nonchalantly and we all just looked at each other and freaked out!

 

 


Vinyl, CD or digital?

We all love having physical copies of CD's! When we have some downtime (and a few extra bucks) we always try and go to a used CD store to get some new jams for the van ride.

 


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

We want to thank everyone that's given us all of this amazing support so far in this new adventure! We are truly grateful.



 

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