The members of the band Funerals are meticulous perfectionists when recording their dark, but catchy, brand of danceable electronic music. Piling layer upon layer of guitar tracks, synthesized melodies and pulsating beats with the swaying vocals of Mollie Wells hovering over them can be a long and isolating process, but the band feels at peace in the studio.
“It can get a little lonely up there with just you and a snare sound,” Wells says. “It can take awhile, but we want to get it right, and we’re doing it on our timeline.”
Wells, along with husband Casey Immel-Brown—who handles the beats and electronic melody—and Conrad Vollmer on guitar, decided to start Funerals because it simply just made sense. The members had always been involved in the music scene in bands like the Cinema Eye and the Fugue, but they found themselves with no musical outlet—and no reason not to start playing together.
For a little over a year, they have been putting together their self-described “electro-dark-wave, disco-beach-goth” music with the intention of making sure their music does not become too predictable.
“If there is anything about our music that is in every song, I’d want to know about it so I can get rid of it immediately,” Immel-Brown says. “I’m finally in a group where we can just do whatever we want to.”
With the bulk of their songs recorded and hopefully being put out sometime in the next couple of months, Funerals is excited at the prospect of getting back to live shows. Presenting their music in a live format, though, can be somewhat of a challenge with so many pre-recorded sounds that can’t be replicated live without the aid of a computer.
“People don’t see a drum set or a guitar and they get suspicious,” Wells says. “They don’t believe you are doing anything behind those electronics, but it’s a little more than just pressing play.”
For more information on Funerals go to www.myspace.com/funeralsfunerals