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Funeral Dress
08/05/1999


Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

FUNERAL DRESS started in 1985, I called the band FUNERAL DRESS because at that time I lived next to a funeral parlour. We've done over the 300 gigs with nearly every UK punk band (ANL, ANTI PASTI, BLITZ, COCK SPARRER, SHAM 69,...). Last year we did our first US tour, further we toured in BELGIUM (of course),Holland, Germany, France and the UK.

Current line up - it's me DIRK : vocals and only original band member, IVO guitar and vocals he joined the band in 1990 and Chris drums he joined the band in 1993 we also got 2 new members Stefan BAS and STEF guitar as well.

Discogrpahy.

1987 ARMY LIFE EP FUNERAL RECORDS Limited 500
1990 FREE BEER FOR THE PUNX LP (some songs were produced by CHARLY HARPER FUNERAL RECORDS
1992 PUNK IS STILL ALIVE EP FUNERAL RECORDS
1993 NIGHTMARES EP INCOGNITO RECORDS GERMANY
1994 SONGS 'BOUT SEX BEER AND PUNKROCK' FUNERAL RECORDS
1994 2 SONGS ON UP AND DOWN comp CD INCOGNITO RECORD GERMANY
1994 9 SONGS ON OI THIS IS DYNAMITE STEP 1
1994 2 SONGS ON VITAMINEPILLEN VOL 3 COMP. CD VITAMINE RECORDS HOLLAND
1995 HISTORY OF FUNERAL DRESS LP MAD BUTCHER RECORDS GERMANY
1995 1 TRACK ON KILLED BY DEATH VOL 6 REDRUM REC NORWAY
1995 1 TRACK ON WHEN THE ... picture disc LP red rossetten GERMANY
1996 1 TRACK ON PUNK CLASSICS VOL 5 LP STREETKIDS REC GERMANY
1996 SINGALONGPOGOPUNK CD NASTY VINYL GERMANY
1996 SINGALONGPOGOPUNK LP KNOCK OUT RECORDS GERMANY
1997 1 TRACK ON Holidays in the sun vol 1 cd VISIONARY UK
1997 RERELEASE SONGS BOUT SEX BEER AND PUNKROCK WE BITE RECORDS GERMANY
1998 PUNK ! LIVE & LOUD CD WE BITE RECORDS
1998 TOTALLY DRESSED STEP 1
1999 JUST OUT 10' SPLIT WITH BANNER OF HOPE KNOCK OUT RECORDS CD COMES OUT SOON

UPCOMING RELEASES
7' out on outsider records usa
3 songs on SPIRIT OF REBELLION 2 ADD RECORDS usa
1 song on compilation BEERCITY RECORDS USA
1 SONG ON SCENE KILLERS 2 outsider records usa
1 song on punx unite 2 charged records usa
2 songs next compilation SIDEKICK RECORDS SWEDEN
NEW LP/CD "PARTY POLITICAL BULLSHIT" out Sept 99

Describe your sound.

The cornerstone of our sound is singalong choruses and an 3 chord punk beat, our roots is the early 80's UK punk sound, our new CD will be a bit more oi/streetpunk than the ones before.

Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what?

Through all these years we've played over the 50 covers. At the moment we playing BORSTAL BREAKOUT, BANNED FROM THE PUBS and YOUNG PUNX GO FOR IT from the EJECTED.

What is the best gig Funeral Dress have ever done and who else was on the line-up?

It's hard to say, but I think one of the best gigs we ever did was last year our 14th anniversary show in Waregem with THE CASUALTIES. The one I most enjoyed was our gig CONEY ISLAND NY (I didn't expected so many punks at our show shouting and pogoing to every tune by us).

Which band are you most looking forward to seeing play at HITS?

It's hard to say 'cos I saw nearly all the bands before and I like them all, normally my favourite were THE ADICTS but they cancelled. Now I'm looking forward the most to SHAM 69, CASUALTIES AND WARRIORS.

What is the favourite song (and what band is it by) of each member of the band?

My favourite FD songs is the title track of our new CD, PARTY POLITICAL BULLSHIT (it's not the DISTORTED TRUTH song) - cos' I HATE POLITICS leave politics out of the music scene. My favourite song is RAZORS IN THE NIGHT - Blitz, but this is changing from day to day.

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

At the moment it's going very well, we're doing more gigs than ever. There are some very good new upcoming bands all over Belgium.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 99.

We are playing the 2 HITS, we're doing some open air festivals in the summer and at the end of the year and we're doing some gigs in Holland, Germany and France to promote our new CD.

Any final comments?

Thanx you Rebecca for doing this interview and your great website. Thanx to Darren Russel for doing a great job.

Buy our new CD because it's the best we ever released. Skins and punks try to unite that's the only way to survive and fight the REAL ENEMY.

For more info visit our website. www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/floyd/651


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