FUNERAL CHIC have today released their third full-length album, Roman Candle, via Prosthetic Records. Following 2018’s Superstition, FUNERAL CHIC’s trademark blackened punk and grind merges with proto-punk and heavy metal influences across Roman Candle’s nine tracks. To celebrate the release of the album, the band will be making a special guest DJ appearance via Gimme Metal on August 4 – with more info below.
Speaking on the album release, FUNERAL CHIC comments: “Roman Candle is here. Buy it, quit your job, get divorced, fight your dad, smoke PCP out of a saxophone, puke on a cop, have sex in a carnival ride, say no to life.”
Holding no desire to make the same album twice, FUNERAL CHIC have eschewed the punk-led powerviolence that informed their previous work and have embraced the great tradition of American rock and roll on Roman Candle – without compromising their distinctive component parts. The swagger of proto-punk forefathers The Stooges and The New York Dolls imbues the darkest, grittiest corners of their reinvigorated sound, and can also be found on their cover of Roky Erickson’s Two Headed Dog. The caustic energy of early thrash and black metal scenes is also present, flickering with unmistakable incandescence throughout.
Having previously led with their outspoken politics, this time the lyrics are refracted through a more personal – but no less fervoured – lens. With members of the band taking a path of sobriety in recent years, the knot of rage that was previously doused with alcohol has been channeled into the lyrics on Roman Candle instead. Ten tales of sweat and pungent aggression dripping into a powder keg of a global identity crisis weave throughout the album’s length.Recorded at Legit Biz, in Greensboro, NC with engineer, Kris Hilbert, FUNERAL CHIC guitarist, Robert Stroud, oversaw production, before the album was mixed by Matt Russell and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Throughout the process of creating Roman Candle, FUNERAL CHIC has – without ceremony – sloughed away old skin to reveal something new beneath. The volatile and unpredictable experience of living in modern day America is distilled via the mercurial sound of aggressive punk, sleazy Americana, and raw heavy metal. Roman Candle marks the beginning of the next blistering chapter for FUNERAL CHIC.
Join FUNERAL CHIC for a Special Guest DJ set at Gimme Metal on August 4, taking place at 11am ET / 8am PT.
Upcoming FUNERAL CHIC tour dates
August 13 – Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC
Roman Candle record release show
September 14 – The Milestone – Charlotte, NC