PREMIERE: Funeral Advantage’s ‘Body Is Dead’ is a dream-pop stunner (full-album stream)

photo: Chris McKenna

Boston-based indie-pop group Funeral Advantage is the brainchild of one man, Tyler Kershaw—and on their debut full-length, Body Is Dead, he guides the band through dream-pop landscapes that easily size up to contemporaries like the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Wild Nothing as well as clear influences such as the ’90s jangle-pop movement. But while the music may be dreamy, Kershaw’s lyrics could be considered the stuff of nightmares—he constructed the album’s narrative about the idea of subconsciously sabotaging yourself at every turn. The singer explains:

“As an album, I wanted to explore the different reasons why someone might subconsciously try to make their life worse on purpose. Personally, I have this constant anticipatory anxiety where I’m expecting bad things to happen and that’s one of the only things I identified with while I was growing up. If things went well, I would try to find new ways to sabotage them. And in this darkness I foolishly run.”

Funeral Advantage’s Body Is Dead will be released August 28 via the Native Sound and can be pre-ordered here.

Catch Funeral Advantage on tour this fall:

9/3 Allston, MA @ Great Scott (album release show)
9/24 Providence, RI @ Club Aurora
9/25 Boston, MA @ Out Of The Blue
9/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
9/27 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
9/28 Fairfax, VA @ George Mason University
9/29 Boone, NC @ Black Cat
9/30 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof