Central Funktion

Central Funktion

BandRock

Fiery emotion, passion! Melodic vocals - ala Elvis Costello! Two-guitar arrangements - not unlike The Strokes! Bass and drums pow - right in the kisser! An occasional horn & tambourine- mayhem! We got our tentacles wide-open for any taker, who'll accompany us as guest, and shake their money-maker!

Biography

Finding inspiration from rock pioneers like Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry, as well as the energy and ‘new old school’ riffs from The Strokes and fellow Tennesseans, Kings of Leon, Central Funktion is a time-transcending band with a sound both new and familiar.

Finnell (chief songwriter and arranger) and Nance (who pounded paint cans at age five) started playing together while they attended Roane County High School. After circulating a demo tape, the two stumbled upon Deal (whose entire family is comprised of gifted musicians), and the three-piece began collaborating on original music. Soon thereafter they met Ellis, who was RCHS band captain, and added him to their ranks, expanding their trio to as many as nine members, incorporating brass and keyboards. Deal christened the ensemble “Central Funktion” in 2002, and the group spent most of that year writing and rehearsing material in Deal’s basement.

In September 2006, after four long years of hard work and savings, the band released its debut album, ‘NIGHTLIFE OF THE GODS,’ which they recorded at Chicken Hill Studios, located just outside of Nashville, in six days of studio time. The Funktion executed songs like ‘The Woo Song’ and ‘Sand Dog Nostalgia’ effortlessly during live shows in and around Knoxville, where they discovered a young and talented guitarist named Joey Murray.

The four invited Murray to join Central Funktion in 2007, during the band’s creative boiling point. Over the next few months, Murray’s style melded its way into the ferocious fever of musical moods that was becoming an hour-long opus Finnell dubbed ‘teenage geezer.’ After laboriously home-recording the 25 “sections” in drummer Nance’s basement, the band returned to Chicken Hill in August ’07 to make their dream a reality.

Instead, time and money shortages became their reality. Not giving up, the quintet agreed to release six tracks as an EP, in hopes to boost income to complete their vision. Featuring a beautiful cover by artist Ben Moist, the ‘teenage geezer’ EP gives listeners a glimpse of Central Funktion at its best: “Girls (Are Taking Over the World)” and “Moving Out West (Leaving the Nest)” are two examples of completely different, well-executed songs by a group that has finally come into its own.

The title track is a very personal gift from Finnell, who insists the song’s lyrics are “bluntly honest and brutally true.” “No names were changed to protect the innocent,” he explains. Indeed, while searching for an audience, fame, and notoriety, Central Funktion has learned that honesty is the best key to success, and the band’s strongest weapon. In fact, the very theme of ‘teenage geezer’ describes how dreams, plans, and empathy are only relative to each individual’s experiences in life: how staying true to one’s self is the true nature of success.

Lyrics

Children on the Bedrocks

Written By: Kenneth Corey Finnell

Traces of your colors fade,
The setting sun sets
Shadows through the shade
On a burning love parade
That stretches out o'er city blocks,
We're waving blindly,
Throwing out our socks
To the children on the bedrocks.

And are you unashamed?
And are you unashamed?

While at port, adieu or die,
I shot the apple
Fixed betwixt your eye,
And painted dreams across the sky.

And are you unashamed?
And are you unashamed?

I know what I want,
Can you say you do?
I know what I want,
Baby, that's all I do.

(guitar solo)

And are you unashamed?
And are you unashamed?

Remnants of memories lost,
Parade with love,
Though be they stars so crossed,
Like the children on the bedrocks.

Samantha Rode In On A Paper Airplane

Written By: Kenneth Corey Finnell

Samantha rode in on a paper airplane,
Blew-in the door with the summer breezer,
Tested the patience of her old friends,
And flew up the skirt of the hometown tease.
Eddie Fisher wants Veronica jealous,
So he can win at their high school game.
You should have seen Amanda Parker
Stir-up emotion from his one-time flame...

And I'll be around, okay.
I'll be around, okay?
I'll be around, okay.
I'll be around, okay?

Samantha rode in on a paper airplane,
Hovered around the emerald punchbowl.
Gathered stares from all the elders,
Who gave a silent prayer for her soul.
Veronica swears she's 'like a virgin,'
Not bad to be the homecoming queen.
But we all remember graduation-
When she laid the football team.

Where are you, quarterback?
Where are you, best friend?
Where are you, class clown?
Where are you, valedictorian?

And I'll be around, okay.
I'll be around, okay?
I'll be around, okay.
I'll be around, okay?

Hey-
Samantha rode in on a paper airplane,
Over the liars and the cheats.
Barely missed dear Principal Edwards,
And took her place in the wallflower seats.
Amanda Parker talks with me about movies,
While smoking down Parliament Lights.
The carousel evening's moving around us,
We must be used to these long, boring nights...

Where are you, quarterback?
Where are you, best friend?
Where are you, class clown?
Where are you, valedictorian?

O River

Written By: Kenneth Corey Finnell

River,

Run high like your old man.
Guide travelers to a new land.
Your mother is the earth and a siren,
Who blew her trumpets when we was violent.

Yes.

Your daddy fought hard every season,
When floods ruined crops for no reason,
And heaven was a joke for us sinners.
We locked ourselves up every winter.
So River, listen up to your old man,
He knows what is best and he can
Give you good advice when you're older.
A trained, philosophical soldier.

Yes.

You'll fight your battles high on a foreign ground,
Re-gain what you lost, but what have you found?
You'll sing a sad song to your mother
When things turn violent in summer.
Oh, River you'll be great as an old man,
Sharing what you've learned with a free hand.
And all of us sinners and tyrants
Will heed the call of your mother's sirens...

O River!
Oh, rebirth!
O River!

River, run high like your old man-
Guide travelers to a new land!
Your mother is the Earth and a siren!
Who blew her trumpets when we was violent!?

Discography

"NIGHTLIFE OF THE GODS" - September 2006
"teenage geezer EP" - April 2008

Set List

Book of the Underage
Skyscraper National Park
O River
Assault on the Earth
Orange Sunset
Carpet Queen
Children on the Bedrocks
The Woo Song
Motorpussy
Saturdays Never Rain
Hop In My Constellation
Girls (Are Taking Over The World)
Samantha Rode In On A Paper Airplane
Moving Out West (Leaving the Nest)
Mountain Rider
Sand Dog Nostalgia
Teenage Geezer

covers:
"Ticket to Ride," "With A Little Help From My Friends," and "Octopus's Garden" by The Beatles,
"School Days" and "Rock And Roll Music" by Chuck Berry,
"Red House" by Jimi Hendrix,
"Train In Vain" by The Clash,
"The Modern Age," "Trying Your Luck," "Reptilia," and "You Only Live Once" by The Strokes,
"Love Train" by Wolfmother,
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes,
"Oh Yoko!" by John Lennon,
"Slow Night, So Long," "King of the Rodeo," "Fans," and "Black Thumbnail" by Kings of Leon,
"Time Is Running Out" by Muse,
"Please Mr. Postman" by Martha and the Vendellas,
"Slow Ride" by Sublime,
"Cecelia" by S