During the first half of the 2000-decade, Funeral Shock was one of my favorite Bay Area hardcore bands. Not because of the ex-members pedigree, but because they played crappy punk rock with an attitude that was missing in virtually every other local hardcore band at that time. They didn’t seem to care about being regarded as a Bay Area punk cornerstone, nor would they have accepted that distinction had it been offered to them. While most of them had been in bands that were well regarded, each member had a bone to pick with the greater local punk scene at some point over the years. Whether it was intentional or not, at least a few of those bones manifested themselves in Funeral Shock’s lyrics and sound. Other local bands sang of skateboarding and how great it was to be “hardcore” while Funeral Shock’s antisocial lyrical hostility was often legitimate. When vocalist Jason Ballsack screamed “I’M GONNA KILL YOU!” in the song “Hang the Jury,” you had a feeling that he might just try if you provoked him.
Funeral Shock’s demo probably takes less time to listen to than it does to read this post. With that in mind, we will just let you click here and hope that you can start a hardcore band with even an iota of the spite that these fuckheads exhibited. We at The Evil Eye wish you the best of luck in your efforts.