Funeral Crashers

Funeral Crashers



"Since I cannot prove a lover, to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain"
--William Shakespeare, Richard III

The Funeral Crashers were always a fickle proposition. Formed on a lark by vocalist PH Lovecraft and other members (all since dearly departed) in a symptom of Millennial madness, the group was largely inspired by 70s and 80s punk, post-punk and proto-goth, not to mention "roots" music like the Velvet Underground, Stooges, New York Dolls and 70s glam (Eno's "Baby's On Fire" became a recurring cover) as well as dark and eccentric late-90s New York acts such as Stiffs, Inc., the Brickbats and the Skabs (all since deceased). The name, if you're wondering, predates 2005 and if you insist on a cinematic reference, it was Harold and Maude. Rather than take on the music scene directly they instead chose to rotate members, break up (sometimes on stage), reform and vanish completely for intervals ranging anywhere from six months to two years. Along the way they played a string of New York shows in both obscure art spaces and landmark rock clubs like CBGBs and Knitting Factory, not to mention appearing at the 2003 and 2004 Drop Dead "deathrock" festivals. Appropriately gothic, the band was literally a corpse that would not stay dead.

In winter 2005, Lovecraft and co-conspirators Edward Raison (guitar) and Oliver Lyons (drums) - all vets of other local bands as well - had had quite enough of plotting in obscurity (thank you very much) and cut the self-produced and self-released "Children of an Indifferent God" demo EP at Grisly Labs Studios in Jersey City, NJ. With the addition of Frank Deserto on bass in June of that year, they have ambitiously pursued an agenda of gigs and new material and returned for a third and vastly evolved performance at the 2005 Drop Dead Festival. If the Sex Pistols were described as "evil Vaudeville," the Funeral Crashers are musical Grand Guignol: smart, moody melodramatic rock with an aggressive edge. Their songs twitch, creep and assault, wailing the Apocalypse and loves lost on one hand, winking references to historical oddities, horror novels and 50s sci-fi on the other.

They're the perfect soundtrack for your postmodern crisis.


Children of an Indifferent God EP- 2005

Set List

approx 10 songs, drawing from a baker's dozen, arranged in various orders in relation to venue and crowd. occasional covers may appear in the form of eno's "baby's on fire," the ramones' "pet sematary," and the psychedelic furs' "flowers."