Funeral Diner

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Funeral Diner
Funeral Diner Live.jpg
Background information
Origin Half Moon Bay, California
Genres Screamo, emo, post-rock
Instruments Vocals, guitars, drums
Years active 1998-2007
Labels Numerous record labels
Associated acts Sterling Says
...Who Calls So Loud
Portraits of Past
Nexus Six
Sheep Squeeze
Living War Room
Lost Ground
Takaru
Past members Seth Babb
Dan Bajda
Matt Bajda
Dave Mello
Ben Steidel
Sean O' Shea
Rob Beckstrom
Andy Radin
Phil Benson

Funeral Diner (1998–2007) was a screamo band from Half Moon Bay, California, located approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco, playing self-described "screamy, chaotic, melodic hardcore."[1] During the last few years, the band has established a strong cult fanbase through a near constant string of releases and a touring schedule which has seen them visit the United States, Europe, and Japan.[2][3]

The band has a large catalog of splits and compilation tracks on various records, rarely pressing CDs, and keeping many of their releases in limited quantities and one-time pressings, jumping from label to label, though their last few major recordings have been released by Alone Records.[4][5] Their most recent full-length, The Underdark, was issued on Alone in 2005.[6]

Members in the band have previously affiliated with other groups such as Nexus Six, Portraits of Past,[7] Living War Room, Lost Ground, Sheep Squeeze, and Takaru. After the breakup, members have gone on to form Stirling Says, ...Who Calls So Loud, Pills and Lemonade.

Though rooted in first wave emo, hardcore emo and early screamo characteristics, the band later included elements of post-rock.[8] Funeral Diner's albums have attracted significant coverage from rock press outlets.[9]

At Break Up[edit]

  • Seth Babb: vocals
  • Dan Bajda: guitar/vocals
  • Matthew Bajda: drums
  • Dave Mello: guitar
  • Ben Steidel: bass

Former[edit]

  • Sean O' Shea: Bass
  • Rob Beckstrom: Bass
  • Andy Radin: bass
  • Phil Benson: Vocals

Discography[edit]

  • title (format, number pressed, release date, label)

LPs[edit]

  • Difference of Potential (LP, 1000, 09/03; CD, 2000, 08/02; Ape Must Not Kill Ape)
  1. Syncope
  2. Direct Hit
  3. Lackluster
  4. There is No Today's Today, So There Will Be No Yesterday's Tomorrow
  5. I Wish I Could Do The Backstroke
  6. Chalk Angels
  7. Paper
  8. Fire...Deth
  1. Lucky Strike
  2. I Wish I Could Do The Backstroke
  3. Choirs and Cannons
  4. Shifting
  5. Direct Hit
  6. Easy Chair Method
  7. Torn Safety Net
  8. Anemic Bulemic
  9. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
  10. My Fist Smells Like Graveyard
  11. We Don't Belong in Concrete
  12. The Nightbuilders
  13. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
  14. Journeyman (Portraits of Past Cover)
  15. .5
  16. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid (original version)
  17. Pharmacy Rage
  • ...is Dead (Tour Compilation of Splits) (CD-R, 200, 09/03, Sorry)
  1. Yeah, You Remember That
  2. A True Triumph of Man vs. Machine
  3. Welcome To My Book Collection
  4. Chameleon (Nexus Six Cover)
  5. Wearing Thin
  6. City of Webs
  7. Shifting
  8. This Truly is God's Country
  9. Let Me Get A Few Practice Stabs
  1. "Decline"
  2. "Collapsing"
  3. "We Become Buried"
  4. "It Is Good That We Never Met"
  5. "Two Houses"
  6. "What Was Said"
  7. "Regardless We Fall"
  8. "We All Have Blood On Our Hands"

EPs[edit]

  • The Wicked (CD, 1000, 08/02, Sorry; CD, 2000, 05/04, Alone; 10", 1000, 05/04, Alone)
  1. ...And The Beast Shall Be Made Legion
  2. The Wicked
  3. End On 6
  4. It Burns
  • Swept Under (10", 500, ??/05, Lilac Sky; CD, ???, ??/05, Cosmic Note)
  1. Bearing My Shield or Borne Upon My Shield
  2. Under
  3. Never To Be
  4. For The Beasts
  5. City of Webs (Title Mix)
  6. Shifting (Battery Cage "Street Arcade High Score" Remix)
  7. This Truly Is God's Country (See Colin Slash Mix)
  8. Shifting (Midnight Laserbeam Remix)
  9. Shifting (Black Van Remix)
  • Bag of Holding (Tour Demo) (3" CD, 75, ??/06, self-released)
  1. Addendum
  2. I Was The Sword
  3. Two More
  • Doors Open (CD, 1000, 03/07, self-released, 12" 600 Adagio830)
  1. This Wrath
  2. Carved From Stone
  3. Neither Option
  4. Head of Vecna
  5. This Optimism

Splits[edit]

  1. Lucky Strike
  2. I Wish I Could Do The Backstroke
  3. Choirs and Cannons
  4. Shifting
  • The Worlds of Forms w/ Staircase (LP, 1000, 08/01, Ape Must Not Kill Ape)
  1. My Fist Smells Like Graveyard
  2. We Don't Belong in Concrete
  3. The Nightbuilders
  4. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
  5. Journeyman (Portraits of Past Cover)
  • w/ The Shivering (LP, 600, 11/01, Into the Hurricane/Unfun/City Boot)
  1. Direct Hit
  2. Easy Chair Method
  3. Torn Safety Net
  4. Anemic Bulemic
  5. Sleeping Boy The Paranoid
  • A Split Seven Inch w/ Zann (7", 1485 [three pressings], 10/02, Vendetta)
  1. Lie in Headlights
  1. This Truly is God's Country
  1. Deeper Than Inside
  • w/ Dead City (tour LP, 130, 09/03; regular LP, 1000, 09/03; So Much To Give)
  1. Let Me Get A Few Practice Stabs
  2. Wearing Thin
  3. City of Webs
  4. Chameleon (Nexus Six Cover)
  • I Just Want To Feel This Way Forever" w/ Evylock (CD, 500, 06/04, Falling Leaves; 10", 335 green / 340 black, 03/05, Somberlain)
  1. A True Triumph of Man vs. Machine
  • A Seven Inch Split w/ Raein (7", 460 champagne / 570 black, 06/04, Red Cars Go Faster)
  1. Welcome To My Book Collection
  1. Yeah, You Remember That...
  • w/ Ampere (9", 07/07, 800 black / 200 green, Clean Plate/Electric Human Project)
  1. I Was The Sword

Compilations[edit]

  • Inspiration From Forest (CD, ???, 11/03, Falling Leaves)
  1. Shifting
  • The Emo Apocalypse (LP Compilation React With Protest Records - Germany May 2006 - 1070 copies)
  1. Addendum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bio, funeraldiner.com. Accessed June 10th, 2009.
  2. ^ Biography, 32brinkster.com. Accessed July 15, 2007.
  3. ^ Biography, SXSW. Accessed July 15, 2007.
  4. ^ Review of The Wicked. Delusions of Adequacy, April 15, 2005. Accessed November 7, 2008.
  5. ^ Review of The Wicked. Decapolis, September 28, 2004. Accessed November 7, 2008.
  6. ^ Review of The Underdark. Aversion.com. Accessed November 8, 2008.
  7. ^ Mat Hocking, Review of The Underdark. Drowned in Sound. Accessed November 8, 2008.
  8. ^ Stewart Mason, Review of The Underdark. Allmusic.
  9. ^ Joe Davenport, Review of The Underdark. Delusions of Adequacy, April 15, 2005. Accessed July 15, 2007.

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