Funeral Shakes

Funeral Shakes – Self-Titled

From the very first sound of the distorted and gritty guitar tones in opening track Over You, it is clear the experience of Funeral Shakes‘ members has combined to form a beautiful thing. The punchy bass/guitar octave riffs throughout the song, backing up frontman Calvin Roffey’s (The Smoking Hearts) Anglicised vocals. The crunchy verse leads that take over the right side of the mix creates a manic feel as Roffey tries to convince the subject of his emotions that he is indeed “over you”. Second track The Motions sounds like a hybrid between Moose Blood and Basement; the lead vocals and lyrics are reminiscent of the former’s frontman while the full band sound is more reminiscent of the latter. The guitar tones are full of attack and shimmer with effects, especially with the reverb, delay and modulation on the lead guitar in the solo. The backing vocals absolutely pack out any tiny shred of space left by the instruments for a huge sound that will rival any punks on the scene today.

Howl and Bon Voyage provide a more middle-of-the-road rock feel, with the backing vocals pulling together to give an emotive, full sound that is more radio-playable than others on the track. Drummer Lee Barratt’s (Gallows) tom-heavy tracking shines through especially in these tracks, but the guitar work of Em Foster (Nervus) and Simon Barker (The Smoking Hearts) backs up the love-sick, heartbroken lyrics being spat in fury from Roffey’s mouth.

The jewel in the crown of Funeral Shakes‘ debut is not one of those already mentioned though – that title is reserved for the furious, fast-paced anthem that is Circles. Sitting in the fifth slot on the record, the sheer pace and aggression in the hardcore-influenced verses provides a pit-worthy level of punch and grit before soaring into the “ooo”-heavy chorus. By itself, the song demonstrates all of the abilities of the band in one: the punk speeds and sloppiness, the tight vocal harmonies, the engineering know-how and the pure individuality of the band combining the aspects immaculately in such measure. A notable mention has to go to a song at the opposite end of the spectrum too though – namely closing track You’re So Bad. This tune draws heavily from surf rock influences with a lot of reverb and a fuzzy, warm distortion across the guitar sounds throughout the soft and swinging lament to end the album strongly.

Overall, a stunning debut from Funeral Shakes that rivals the work of the members’ other projects very very strongly. A triumphant first effort from a band who could have gone either way with the level of ambition behind them – fortunately the gamble has paid off. If this record is anything to go by, Funeral Shakes could cement their position as one of the most promising supergroups of the decade pretty quickly.

Top 20 Songs In Tony Hawk’s (Main Series) Video Games

Whenever you play a video game, something that draws you into them is the epic soundtrack that is backing your playing time and making everything that much more amazing. With the Tony Hawk gaming franchise, they’ve always managed to pick out some of the most enjoyable tracks and we’re here to pick our Top 20 of the lot!

AS CHOSEN BY JOSHUA PALMER


20. PIG DESTROYER – GRAVEDANCER (AMERICAN WASTELAND)

One of the most aggressive songs on the list, going through Los Angeles and tearing through combos with this song pounding through the speakers was enough to get you pumped.


19. FOUR YEAR STRONG – GO DOWN IN HISTORY (THPS5)

Whilst it might the worst of the games out of the main series, going through different areas with this song as your means of plowing through was a nice feeling of satisfaction


18. GALLOWS – COME FRIENDLY BOMBS (PROVING GROUNDS)

Punk was a definite mainstay in the tracklists of these games, and when you heard this song blasting through during your free-play mode, it was a rage-inducing combo smasher!


17. DIE YOUNG (TX) – ANTHEM OF THE PRODIGAL SON (PROJECT 8)

Project 8 was a somewhat relaxing game, not having to worry about the missions as such. When it came time to knuckle down, this song gave the adrenaline to take on anything!


16. 25 TA LIFE – OVER THE YEARS (UNDERGROUND 2)

Arguably, the Underground series of Tony Hawk was a favourite in the staple and travelling around the world and causing destruction was greatly back by this hardcore punk smasher.


15. THE SHEDS – BAD THINGS ARE BAD (THPS5)

The last track to feature from the newest game is this more punk fuelled track. Creating your own park for the first time in 10 years and choosing tracks like this to destroy your own records was a triumph!


 14. LESS THAN JAKE – ALL MY BEST FRIENDS ARE METALHEADS (THPS4)

One of the best ska punk bands in this generation, having to breathe a sigh of relief to not have to go fast paced through level in 2 minutes with this track as your anthem was one of the best feelings.


13. ATMOSPHERE – TRYING TO FIND A BALANCE (UNDERGROUND 2)

There was always a good selection of rap/hip hop in the song lists for each game, but this song felt much more flowing, especially during some of the missions and story arcs.


12. WOLFMOTHER – WOMAN (PROJECT 8)

One of the more commonly known songs from any Tony Hawk’s soundtracks, going through the Fun Park and just having time to just skate was always boosted heavily with this song as your background.


11. REFUSED – NEW NOISE (UNDERGROUND)

When you first kicked off Underground, not only were you amazed with the heavily focused storyline, but the fact that this song came out of nowhere and gave you that determination for the final stretch.


10. NOFX – THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND SKATE (UNDERGROUND)

Whenever you start a Tony Hawk game, you always feel much more inclined to just have fun at first. When this song came on, you just felt yourself enjoying the time skating and enjoying flowing through the campaign.


9. BAD RELIGION – YOU (THPS2)

Going back to the older games, the soundtracks always made those games iconic. A track that is agreeable with that is this late 80’s punk annihilator.


8. THE NEXTMEN – AMONGST THE MADNESS (THPS3)

There’s no doubt in your mind that going through the Airport level with this track being your guide made that level so much more relaxing, especially with the simple upbeat drum pattern.


7. SUBLIME – SEED (UNDERGROUND)

There was nothing like the feeling of some ska/reggae punk rock to help you relax a lot more after Eric leaves you in Russia to get arrested after crashing a tank (what a colossal willy.)


6. SNAPCASE – ENERGY DOME (PROVING GROUND)

It might be the most controversial placement on this list, but that unbridled passion coming through the track adding to your gameplay showed off the true highlights of skating mixed with music.


5. ANTHRAX FT. CHUCK D – BRING THA NOIZE (THPS2)

The top 5 are from all the first three games. The ones that set the standard for skating games in general, going through School II and having this be part of your 2 minutes was a dream come true.


4. DEAD KENNEDYS – POLICE TRUCK (THPS)

It’s with a 99% certainty that this is the first song you would ever hear in relation to Tony Hawk games. Starting as a young child and playing through Warehouse through the first time with this being your backing song opened up your world to something new and exciting.


3. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE – GUERILLA RADIO (THPS2)

Opening up the entire game of THPS2 was this absolute banger of a track. Any level in the game was made that much more enjoyable with this song being the addition to your 360 Melon grabs.


2. GOLDFINGER – SUPERMAN (THPS)

Bringing one of the strongest flavoured songs to any THPS game, any level from the first game was made that much more exciting and enjoyable, especially the ever-so-frustrating Mall level.


1. CKY – 96 QUITE BITTER BEINGS (THPS3)

This track was such a powerfully gripping track in that it has its own aura when going through any particular level on THPS3. Whether it be grinding for ages on Cruise Ship or pulling off huge combo in Skater Island, this song was the epitome of having a great time!