The Funeral Drums

The Funeral Drums

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The Funeral Drums are a band that uses a wide variety of influences to create a unique and adventurous sound, blending Beatle-esque harmonies, Reggae grooves, hard rock, and psychedelic experimentation. The versatility of the musicians and the raw energy of their shows makes for a fun time.

Biography

The Funeral Drums are a 5 piece group of multi-instrumentalists from Long Island. After 6 years of playing together, their sound has developed into a distinctive high-energy indie rock that blends Reggae beats, Beatle-esque harmonies, driving hard rock and punk soul. In 2004 and 2005 (while still in Middle School), The Funeral Drums won first place in the Sachem District Battle of the Bands. The prizes included a free recording session, CD release and a feature/live performance on WUSB radio. In 2007 they were finalists in Traxx’s Battle of the Bands, sponsored by Monster™ energy drink. In 2008 they released their first full-length album “Songs of the Collective Age”. The CD’s raw originality sparked high sales and internet radio performance. Combining these successes with a solid live presentation, The Funeral Drums have played to high acclaim at such venues as The Crazy Donkey, Nu-bar, Traxx, The Wave and others, as well as a spot at the Fall Festival in Huntington. For their current upcoming release, the band went down to Casa del Ape studios in Baltimore

The Funeral Drums developed out of a seed that was planted over 6 years ago, when friends Eddie Lateone, Evan Fazziola, and Scott Casey started a band in 7th grade. Going through many transformations, they eventually ended up with a 6 piece band named Distortion, that eventually achieved a lot of success and respect within their school district as 'that damn middle school band that keeps winning the district wide battle of the bands!' Over the years, they have refined their skills and styles, and after playing as a 6 piece, a trio, and a quartet (and after many drummers) the boys have created their own brand of hard driving rock with roots in rich harmonies, reggae grooves, and psychedelic experimentation, drawing on their wide array of influences. Each member of the band has a passion for a very different style of music, from raw punk, to indie rock, to classical masterpieces (but of course they all love the beatles!) and it is their mix of passions that allows them to create an eclectic sound from song to song, while their unified song writing gives each style a signature "funeral drums" sound.

Audiences at their shows have been impressed by their professional and mature attitude and songwriting, and captured by their energy and power.

Lyrics

Weary Legs

Written By: Evan Fazziola

[Verse 1]
My only soul is flying away
Up to a place i cannot reach
And i will wait until my soul returns to me
But in the meantime i will pray
That my love is miles and miles along the way

[Verse 2]
My only friend lost his life today
He wished me luck on down the road
My head is swelling with all the things he'd say
Don't go and die before your old
And my attics full of all the things we stole

[Chorus]
And if you need to rest your head
Lay on my bed
And if you need to get away from your weary legs
Then you'll run home to me
And I'll make you see
That there is no one else
But me

[Verse 1]

[Chorus]

Chaos

Written By: Eddie Lateone/Erik Lindgren

[Verse 1]
Run with me
Far away from this chaos here
Run with me so far away
I love you girl
Don't you want to be
Safe and sound with me
I just want you to see another day
Hey hey hey
Baby I just need to get away

[Chorus]
Far away from the chaos on the rise
Far away from the black holes of their eyes

[Verse 2]
I love you babe
Why do you want to stick around
With him
You know i could give you so much more
And every day
The horizon ahead just seems
So grim
Cause I just want to end up at your door

[Chorus]

World Bug

Written By: Eddie Lateone

[Verse 1]
Take your mind off the world
It's in the palm of your hand
And if you want to stop...
Take your mind off your plans
Cause it's true
That if you want to live
You got to buy the ticket
From the acid man

[Verse 2]
Your baby is dying
And your feeling kinda sad
Take some artificial happiness
I'm sure you'll feel glad
And if I don't know what I'm talking about
Then kill me now and see if i get mad

[Chorus]
Your lips taste like candy
Heart breaks like glass
You got to be wary
One false move and your in her past

[Verse 3]
So i hear your crazy
In the mental institute
Well the lies they are telling you
Are probably not true
But if you're feeling lonely
Just call me up and I'll go crazy with you

[Verse 2]

[Chorus]

Abduct Me

Written By: Eddie Lateone

don't want to be in this kind of world
everyone's still looking for something
looking for someone to stand by their girl
make sure she doesn't see what makes up the lightning
all the people they call angels
they ain't nothing but demon offering
you know I'm crazy, I might just be
but all i could say is nothing

abduct me
abduct me please
abduct me
abduct me please

cause this kinda world is nothing new to me
this kinda world is nothing new
your kinda way aint nothing new to me
your kinda way aint true
hopefully I'll end up at the crossroads
to choose my path of purpose please
let me go
into and through the dark loads
of pain and misfortune this circus bleeds

into the sky
galaxies so far
life looking down on the burning flower
the stem i sulking, petals charred
come down and take me to your hour

abduct me
abduct me please
abduct me
abduct me please

cause this kinda way aint nothing new to me
this kinda way aint nothin new
this kinda way aint nothin new to me
your kinda way aint true

forfeit the flower its your darkest hour
you fall and break the dawn
my world is gone
forfeit the flower it's your darkest hour
you fall and break the dawn my world is gone

forfeit the flower it's your darkest hour
you fall and break the dawn
my world is gone
forfeit the flower it's your darkest hour
you fall and break the dawn
and my world is gone

dont want to be in this kind of world
everyones still looking for something
looking for someone to stand by their girl
and make sure she doesn't see what makes up the lightning
all the people they call angels
they aint nothing but demon offspring
you know I'm crazy
i might just be
but all i could say is nothing

abduct me
abduct me please
abduct me
abduct me please

Cumshine

Written By: Eddie Lateone

take a line
take a line
sit back and be consumed
i dont know what kept me lyin'
down in this saloon
take a hit of this and that
be up and down all night
take a hit and watch yourself
collapse into the light

no time to run
dont know why
which way your love points
baby i will fly

get some shine
get some shine
there is a sea of sound
as long as the wind feels right
you keep which you have found
everyday you get your eyes
in a trauma state it seems
you fall into the sky
you fall into a dream

no time to run
dont know why
which way your love points
baby i will fly

be free be free
my pet crow
what ever you see
its time you should know
why wont you fly
away from me?
ill show you how
to make it free

no time to run
dont know why
which way the gun points
bullets fly

be free be free
my pet crow
what ever you see
its time you should know
why dont you fly
away from me?
ill show you how
to let it be
free
free

Discography

LP- Songs of a Collective Age (2008)
Chaos on the Rise (2009)

EP- State of Boredom (as Distortion, 2006)
Floid East 1 (2007)
Live from Acoustic Cafe (2009)
Chaos Demo (2009)

Set List

Our sets typically incorporate songs from our first album Songs of a Collective Age and our new album, Chaos on the Rise, along with songs that have not been put on their CD.
The songs range in style from hard rock to reggae and psychedelic.
We have a large repertoire of cover songs that we like to include in our longer sets or upon request. We mostly do covers of The Beatles, Bob Marley and the Wailers, and the Doors, but also know songs by Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and others.

When appropriate, we play acoustic versions of our songs with all acoustic instruments (including bass), a small drum set, and a piano. These sets consist of acoustic versions of many of our standard songs as well as acoustic covers of songs, particularly the Beatles.