Josh Funk

Josh Funk

 Chico, California, USA
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Singer/songwriter with an honest lyrical approach and a musical style that travels between soft melodies and distorted pop-rock anthems. Picture if Ben Folds, Weezer and Elliott Smith were to form a band.

Biography

His sometimes satirical and unashamedly heartfelt lyrics draw the picture of who he is and where he is going. Hailing from Chico, CA, Josh Funk started writing songs as soon as he figured out his first three chords and by the age of 15 was already winning city songwriting competitions against people twice his age. "I never thought through what I was doing when I was a kid. I just started writing songs and that's still what I do today. Now looking back on it, I feel blessed for my naivety, and wish I had more of it."

By the time he was 17, Josh started to build a small following when he was given his own night at a coffee shop called the Daily Grind. "I played there for about five months, and in a way my songwriting grew up then. At first only a couple of friends showed up to watch me but by the end, the place was standing room only." This was soon followed by his first solo effort in 2000 with the release of “The Outlet Disadvantage” followed in 2004 by his 6 song EP “A Jukebox Envy.”

One particular song “Supermodel” caught notice of L.A. producer Rob Beaton (Buckethead, Adam Cohen, Budapest Symphony Orchestra) who brought Josh down to track “So Glad You Could Make It” which would end up being released on the Swinghouse Records compilation of up and coming alternative artists to watch out for.

2007 saw the release of his third album “The Face You Show Your Enemies" followed in 2010 by "Everything In Temporary." With more production, songwriting experience, and exposure, Josh has honed his style with recognizable force. “My songs deal with everything between bliss and disaster...my life as I've known it so far."

Lyrics

So Glad You Could Make It

Written By: Josh Funk

Do you know when I have something to say before I say it?
Do you calm me down when I need to see things right?
Even when I never have to can I still sing for you?
Though I don't make sense of it, can I still run to you?
If this is just illusion can I pretend its a dream until I wake to find you?

I'm so glad you could make it.
Now my fears are gone.
In this moment I have forgotten everyone.

Do you see me staring quietly amazed from a distance?
Do you wish that things could somehow be erased to start them over?
Even when I never have to can I still sing for you?
Though I don't make sense of it, can I still run to you?
If this is just illusion can I pretend its a dream until I wake to find you?

I'm so glad you could make it.
Now my fears are gone.
In this moment I have forgotten everyone.

Goodbye Goodbye

Written By: Josh Funk

Goodbye, Goodbye.
Time lost its time.
Goodbye, Goodbye.
It’s all a mystery.
Goodbye, Goodbye.
Time lost its time.
Goodbye, Goodbye.
Please don’t cry.

Goodbye, Goodbye.
I was a lie.
Goodbye, Goodbye.
But please forgive me.
Goodbye, Goodbye.
Don’t ask me why.
Goodbye, Goodbye.
Please don’t cry.
I know that waking the dead is nothing (is nothing). This is not only pretend it’s something (it’s something).

Silhouettes

Written By: Josh Funk

My failure to move
is dragging me away
I cannot look up
if the silence has its way.
The choir is loud
yet I can hardly hear
I may not join the
falling satelites this year.

Oh, it really isn't so bad
the sea is drowning
this world astounding me
My focus was disturbed
Silhouettes on Paper
of what we used to be

The lines will grow long
as people stand for years
Waiting for something
to make sense of all their fears
With nothing to lose
I'll sing a silent song
Killing the time while
they're debating right from wrong

Oh, it really isn't so bad
the sea is drowning
this world astounding me
My focus was disturbed
Silhouettes on Paper
of what we used to be

Breathe

Written By: Josh Funk

You twitched your crooked fingers
I placed my right hand on your waste
The night sang a question chorus but I joined the song too late

My eyes following the blood
to the sound of swinging gates
"How long have you been lying here?" I asked, you didn't say.

Breathe

I noticed through the doorway
A shadowed man mixed with the rain
A fierce anger forced me off you, the sadness went away

I charged right through the yard
My fists aware that they did plan to commit murder
This man must die today

Breathe

Oh, what if I'm wrong?
He must pay for his sins, he must say so long.

My hand grabbed for the gun
A crow flew away
I tasted the smoke, the moonlight turned to gray

My heart was so still
I heard the man run
I felt just as cold as your body was

Breathe

Sorry

Written By: Josh Funk

Open the night
Say all the things you need to say
You move like a ghost in this light
Do you think we've died already?

I'm sorry that you felt this way

My sorrows increased
Please remove your scent from off my sheets
So that I don't see you in my sleep
Dancing like phantoms at night

I'm sorry that you felt this way

Let me know my end
My number of days so I can prepare for what's coming
Don't grab for the door while saying nothing
Please look at me, look at me running

I'm sorry that you felt this way

Discography

2010 - "Everything In Temporary"
Self Released. Includes the song:

"Breathe" - featured on Wayne Houchin's hit DVD "Control" released World Wide. A music video for "Breathe" can be found on Youtube.

2007 - "The Face You Show Your Enemies"
Released by Lost Cause Entertainment. Featuring the songs:

"So Glad You Could Make It" - Made it to the second round of the 2007 International Songwriting Competition against 14,000 entries. Featured on the 2006 Swinghouse Records Compilation for up & coming alternative artists.

"Turn It Away" - featured on Wayne Houchin's hit DVD "Indecent" released World Wide through (ellusionist.com).

2004 - "A Jukebox Envy"
Self Released. Includes the song:

"Don't Turn Off the Light" featured on Wayne Houchin's hit Dvd Stigmata released World Wide through (ellusionist.com).

2000 - "The Outlet Disadvantage"
Self Released.

Set List

45 min - 1.5 hours of original material with a few covers. Cover songs include artists ranging from Elvis Costello to Weezer.