|Photo by Tim Oxton|
Boston-based dream pop project Funeral Advantage is
the brainchild of Tyler Kershaw. Since releasing an impressive debut LP in 2015
is Dead, the project has remained fairly quiet. A still
surface doesn’t necessarily reflect tranquility, however. During
the interim, Kershaw struggled through personal hardships, and eventually began
the cathartic process of transforming those experiences into songs. Please Help
Me, released on February 24 via The
Native Sound, is the end result.
The juxtaposition of sparkling, jangly guitarwork
and dark lyrical content is one of the hallmarks of Funeral Advantage’s sound. For
me, this contrast is also the true core of dream pop music. Dream pop’s task
has always been to reconcile its own dual nature in a way that sounds both
effortless and catchy. It’s extremely difficult to do; Funeral Advantage excels
at it. Body is Dead juggled these contrasts skillfully, but it was rooted in
hope and enveloped in nostalgia.
As far as aural juxtapositions are concerned, Please
Help Me picks up where Body is Dead left off – the hooks are clever, the
textures shimmer, and there’s enough reverb, delay and jangly guitar leads to
please any lover of dream pop. But Please Help Me is rooted in a much
darker place. There is no nostalgia here; instead, it feels more like a
release. Nostalgia will always be linked with dream pop, but being liberated from it
feels damn good, too.
In other words, we love this project. We're proud to share our interview
with Tyler Kershaw of Funeral Advantage with you.
and when was Funeral Advantage formed?
It was formed in my bedroom in 2013 after I was kicked out of one band and my
other band broke up in the same week. I decided I didn’t want to have to worry
about either of those things happening again.
you tell us what you’ve been working on and what you’ve got forthcoming in the
near future (new releases, tour, video, etc.)?
I have a new record that just came out on The Native Sound, so I’ve been hard
at work with that. I’m never not writing so you could say I’m shaping up the
next songs that may be the next Funeral Advantage release but I don’t want to
corner myself into that. That’s when you start limiting yourself.
would you say Please Help Me differs from your debut LP, Body is Dead?
Different circumstances surrounded the writing and recording so it became a much
darker record than my first LP. It’s unmistakably me, but as I get older and
more horrible things happen, that happens to reflect in how I create.