Radiating out of Long Beach, Funeral were a staple of the local punk scene and managed to release two different, albeit classic punk records. "Waiting For The Bomb Blast" has become an almost mythical record, a prime slab of California punk teetering on hardcore with 3 killer songs that demand repeated listenings. Originally pressed in an edition of 500 copies with multiple sleeve colors, the record has become a headache for collectors worldwide with an ever soaring price tag. Meat House Productions is incredibly proud to re-release one of the best punk records California has to offer, fully authorized by the band!
Our take: The second in a pair of crazy rare early California punk singles that Meat House Productions has dug up for us. If the Hated sound like you could slot them onto the Beach Blvd compilation, Funeral could do the same for the American Youth Report comp. Like the bands on that record, Funeral come from the harder, faster end of the early 80s California punk spectrum. I can’t imagine they weren’t huge fans of the Germs, as they share that band’s intensity and rock swagger. However, while these songs are ripping fast, they have a pop undercurrent that reminds me of contemporaries like the Adolescents, Modern Warfare, and MIA. All three songs are cool, but the a-side, “Waiting for the Bomb Blast,” is the all-time scorcher, moving from a killer intro that reminds me of Rik L Rik into a catchy punk jam that would have done TSOL proud.