FUNERAL SUITS: LILY OF THE VALLEY
Funeral Suits come from Dublin, Ireland and make rock music. Sometimes they make it dark, brooding, intense and monolithic. Sometimes they make it life affirming, surging and adrenalin charged. It`s beauty and beast combined in schizophrenic glory and it`s this duality which sets Funeral Suits apart.
Their debut album `Lily Of The Valley` has been produced by Stephen Street, best known for his work with Blur and The Smiths. Just released by leading Irish independent label Model Citizen, the album is a spellbinding showcase of shadows and light.
Following a brace of well received limited edition EP`s, the final band line up of Brian James, Mik McKeogh, Greg McCarthy and Dar Grant released their debut single `Colour Fade` on London based Friends Vs. Records in 2011. Along with the follow up `Health`, the song enjoyed support from Zane Lowe, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens. Following support slots with Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit, The Macabees and Local Natives, the band played SXSW, The Great Escape and Leeds / Reading in 2011, before signing with Model Citizen.
With three successful UK tours this year, `Lily Of The Valley` has been warmly greeted by fans and critics alike. Recent single `All Those Friendly People` with its stunning video, has enjoyed over one million views on YouTube. Current single `Hands Down` has a thrilling sequel clip and can be picked up on very scarce Spanish 7” vinyl import. Radio support for the band continues to flourish at BBC Radio 1, XFM, BBC 6 Music, Q Radio, Absolute Radio and Amazing Radio. Meanwhile over in America, `Colour Fade` is currently one of the most added tracks on the vast and influential US college radio network.
Currently lining up dates their first European tour for early 2013, Funeral Suits really are a band cut from a different cloth.
Praise for `Lily Of The Valley`...
“A vibrant, creative debut” **** - Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
“The world should sit up and take notice now” **** - James Hendicott, Sunday Business Post (IE)
“Hugely impressive” - Hot Press (IE)
“A pioneering sound that’s bound to influence and inspire” - Rahilla Zafar, Huffington Post
“A band with talent well beyond their years” 9/10 - Gareth O’Malley, Shout4Music (UK)
“It sounds, as you would imagine, magnificent.... There’s enough here to suggest that their career might yet be an interesting one. Or a successful one. Or even, god forbid, both”. - Dara Higgins, Thumped.com (IE)
“A huge sounding album with plenty of heart, as well as the psychology, ingenuity, power and maturity to make it a future classic”. 4.5 out of 5. Francois Botha, Rhythm Circus (UK)
“Their debut album offers something of a refreshing, ambitious and frighteningly expansive platform from which they will no doubt springboard in 2012” - **** Jonathan Whitelaw, Is This Music? (UK)
“The album is truly impressive and impossible to leave without at least one more swim within its warm beauty and darkened depths” - Ringmaster Review Blog
“a considerably accomplished debut record” - 7/10 Saam Das, Faded Glamour (UK)
“As far as polished sounding debuts go, you won’t find many better out there so far in 2012”. - 7/10 Lewis Parker, Exposed (UK)
“A surefooted debut” - 7/10 Will Salmon, Clash Music (UK)
“This debut is a delight, and Funeral Suits clearly have potential in the bucket-loads.” - 7/10 El Hunt, This Is Fake DIY (UK)
“Outrageously good. Highly recommended” **** - Will Howard, AAA Music (UK)
“Close to being a classic” - Johnny Rimmer, Stereoboard (UK)
‘Lily Of The Valley’ is a rousing debut’ *** - Mike Doherty, The Fly (UK)
“Stephen Street’s production gives the band the oomph required to pull off the epic sound they’re striving for. A surefooted debut” - Will Salmon, Clash (UK)
“In the end, it’s pretty much brilliant. Fabulous” - Sam Saunders, Never Enough Noise