Band: FUNERAL DINERGenres: Punk / Rock / Post-Hardcore / Screamo
Related artists: Portraits Of Past, Who Calls So Loud..., Lemonade, I Wrote Haikus About Cannibalism In Your Yearbook, Pills, Stirling Says and Takaru.
Country: San Francisco, California USA
Years Active: 1999-2007
Song: "City of Webs"
Album: "Dead City split"
Label(s): Ape Must Not Kill Ape / Old Glory Records / Into The Hurricane / Unfun Records / City Boot Records / Difference Potential / Vendetta Records / So Much To Give / Fire Walk With Me / Alone Records / Sorry Records / Electric Human Project / Red Cars Go Faster Records / Somberlain / Falling Leaves / LilacSky Records / Audio Is A War / Cosmic Note Records / Adagio830 Records / Clean Plate Records / Electric Human Project
This post's artist is from the May 2014 Mix. This is track #22.
You can download the May 2014 Mix#5 right here or get the new June Mix#6 here.
For fans of: Neil Perry, Four Hundred Years, Bright Calm Blue, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Saetia, I Hate Myself, Who Calls So Loud..., Congratulations, Kodan Armada, Storm The Bastille, Portraits Of Past, Coma Regalia, Secret Smoker, Honeywell, Welcome The Plague Year, Animal Faces, City Of Caterpillar, Gospel, The Last Forty Seconds, Envy, Mogwai, Spirit Of Versailles, Thursday, Todos Caeran, June Paik, Raein, La Quiete, Birthday Boyz, The Truth About Dreaming, Inkwell, GRYSCL, Altar Of Complaints, Beau Navire, Dominic, State Faults, Sleepytime Trio, Kidcrash, The State Secedes, Frameworks, Kaddish, Matsuri, Gillian Carter, Vi Som Alskade Varandra Sa Mycket, Angel Eyes, The Fiction, Via Fondo, Ken Burns, Mr. Willis Of Ohio, Pyramids, Trachimbrod, Amanda Woodward, Indian Summer, Ecorche, Dip Leg, Cobra Kai and Mihai Edrisch aka PROPER Screamo.
FUNERAL DINER has so many fucking songs, and so many that are amazing that I'm not going to try. This band was ridiculously influential for my "screamo" love, as I was first introduced by my random Interpunk purchases back in the early 2000s. The 'Dead City' split and 'Difference of Potential' LP were what I thought "screamo" was. They dropped 'The Underdark' in 2005 and people started to lose their shit. Rightfully so. But I've always gotta go back to those 4 perfect songs on the 'Dead City' split 12". My god. "City of Webs" especially. The split with 'Welcome the Plague Year' and 'Raein' were also incredible. Plus they were pretty much solely responsible for getting me into amazing bands due to their splits, such as Zann and Evylock.
FUNERAL DINER played near-flawless screamy hardcore with both pretty bits as well as heavy jams, and generally combined them seamlessly. Instrumentally this band was extremely talented and very proficient with their instruments, especially the drummer from the seminal mid-90s band Portraits Of Past. The band hit their stride in 2002 when vocalist Seth Robert Baab was recruited for the band and they really started crafting some truly original work. The older material can be likened to many older screamo bands, but once Seth joined, the FUNERAL DINER sound was truly honed. The closest vocalist I think he sounds like is Geoff Rickley from Thursday when he used to lose his shit and scream, although even that comparison seems a little off. I should also mention that "Yeah, You Remember That" is another flawless, passionate and screamy hardcore song which is one of my personal favourites by the band. The nearly unknown "Two More" is another great song that begins with FUNERAL DINER's cleanest vocals they've ever released. Also be sure to check out "For The Beasts" which has a fucking ridiculous bassline.
Don't pass this up. Gotta be 1 of the 5 most influential American and perhaps global screamy hardcore bands. Included for download is what I believe to be the entire discography. All the vinyl-only releases are from my personal transfer a long time ago when I didn't really know what I was doing, but used a proper mixer so they turned out they way they did. Enjoy the hell outta this band today.
P.S. 'The Doors Open' cd is for sale here.
Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.
1999 - Nexus split 12"LP
2000 - The World of Forms (Staircase split) 12"LP
2001 - The Shivering split 12"LP
2002 - The Difference of Potential cd/12"LP
2002 - The Wicked cd/10"EP
2002 - Zann split 7"
2003 - Dead City split 12"LP
2003 - Music Inspired By Rites Of Spring Part One (The Saddest Landscape split) 7"
2003 - Three Sides Dead compilation cd (compiles Nexus/Staircase/Shivering splits and demos)
2004 - Welcome The Plague Year split 7"
2004 - Raein split 7"
2004 - Evylock split cd/10"
2005 - The Underdark cd/12"LP
2005 - The Swept Under cd/10"EP+bonus songs
2006 - Bag of Holding minicd (songs showed up elsewhere)
2007 - Doors Open cd/12"EP
2007 - Ampere split 9"
(2003) FUNERAL DINER - "City of Webs" (from 'Dead City' split)
(2005) FUNERAL DINER - "For the Beasts" (from 'Swept Under')(2000) FUNERAL DINER - "My Fist Smells Like Graveyard" (from 'Staircase' split)
(2001) FUNERAL DINER - "Anemic Bulimic" (from 'The Shivering' split)
(2002) FUNERAL DINER - "Paper" (from 'Difference of Potential')
(2002) FUNERAL DINER - "The Wicked" (from 'The Wicked')
(2002) FUNERAL DINER - "Lie in Headlights" (from 'Zann' split)
(2003) FUNERAL DINER - "Deeper than Inside" (from 'The Saddest Landscape' split)
(2004) FUNERAL DINER - "Yeah, You Remember That" (from 'Welcome The Plague Year' split)
(2005) FUNERAL DINER - "Two Houses" (from 'The Underdark')
(2006) FUNERAL DINER - "Two More" (from 'Comadre' mixtape)
(2006) FUNERAL DINER - "Carved from Stone" (from 'Doors Open')
(2007) FUNERAL DINER - "I Was the Sword" (from 'Ampere' split)
FUNERAL DINER out-of-print discography mp3 download / additional links
OMSB blog download as zip (transferred from my vinyl a decade ago):
->Link 1 (1999-2004)
->Link 2 (2005-2007)
->Link 1 (1999-2004)
->Link 2 (2005-2007)