. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Funeral Party, Midnight Masses | Logan Square Auditorium | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Funeral Party, Midnight Masses All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Member Picks The List (Music) Soundboard

When: Fri., March 6, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $15
Fearless Records really wants you to believe the hype about these young fellows, and insists on its Web site that they’re already underground legends in east LA. I haven’t spent much time in LA, but Funeral Party’s Bootleg EP is pretty persuasive all on its own. With its sweet hooks, frenetic postdisco rhythms, sharp and shimmering guitars, token glimmers of keyboard and sampler, and hoarse, gut-holler vocals, their danceable blog rock sounds like what you’d get if you locked a miniature Kurt Cobain in a garage with Squeeze and Hot Hot Heat. “NYC Moves to the Sound of LA” starts with marching-in-place bass and a donking, no-wavey cowbell pattern, but soon the Franz Ferdinand guitars steam in, backing down only to make room for a group-chant bridge that could be a deliberate takeoff on the chorus to LCD Soundsystem’s “North American Scum.” Coast-versus-coast fight song or tongue-in-cheek call for scene unity? Don’t care. Flyover state. Dancing. Funeral Party plays second, after the Midnight Masses; . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead headline. —Ann Sterzinger



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