Wednesday, October 05, 2005
A conversation with ...
The Two Funerals a young, all-girl punk band
Photo courtesy Adam Monroe
The Two Funerals:
With only one member yet out of high school, the Blacksburg all-girl punk band The Two Funerals has played an impressive amount of shows.
From club venues such as Attitudes and Champs to alternative house shows and venues such as Homebody and Oasis Whole Foods, band members have already played about everywhere there is to play in town. Their songs are a self-proclaimed mix of anger and fun (here’s the band motto, printed on its business card: “You can’t spell funeral without the fun!”).
On the eve of their show this Friday at Attitudes, the band shares some thoughts on stylistic preferences and on their particular style of punk rock.
What kind of places do you like to play?
Dominique Montgomery: The kind of places where we’re on the same level as the audience, not on stage. I like playing in places like that, where the audience is closer. They get more into it. We really hate when they don’t dance.
Abby Cox: That’s not encouraging. Nobody dances anymore.
I’ve heard a lot of bands say the same thing you said about liking nonstage venues.
DM: I wish there was more of a scene here because you’d have more of that thing you get in house shows, like the old Solar Haus.
Do you play mostly originals or covers?
DM: A healthy mix. We have six originals, so we do all the covers we can. People enjoy the covers.
Shannon Le Corre: We did a punk cover of the Spice Girls; that was fun.
You’ve mentioned Soapbox Amplifier and Blacksburg Transit Overdrive as local bands you liked — definitely alternative-sounding energy bands.
SLC: Yeah, what I’ve noticed is that around there’s a bunch of hard-core shows, like metal shows, and it’s annoying because every band kind of sounds the same. Or you have the crazy indie mess-with-your-head stuff, which I could never write. So I felt like I want some catchy straight-up music, not this whole screaming emo thing. And there’s not enough girls. You have to rock.
That’s true. Not a lot of girls in rock. The women who do have careers, in general, are on the softer side, and the ones who do rock don’t usually do it very well.
DM: You’d think since women have been oppressed for so long they’d want to yell.
You would think that. So what do you guys write about?
SLC: When I write lyrics, I feel like I could write about being in love, which I’m not. Or I could write about being happy, but that’s no fun. So I write about things I’m angry about.
Happy songs don’t make for good songs usually, except in reggae, with these “everybody be happy” lyrics which don’t really say a lot in the end.
SLC: Yeah, and I’m not gonna rock out to that. And there’s also these emo songs that dance around the subject and say “I hate you” indirectly. Why not just be like, (laughing) “I hate you and I want to kill you?” ... You don’t have to make it complicated either. You can just have fun with it and that’s what it’s all about.
The Two Funerals will perform this Friday night at Attitudes and will perform Oct. 13 at a benefit show at Champs in Blacksburg.