ALIENATED

by THE FUNS

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Released November 9th 2018 on Sister Polygon Records.

Beyond the corn and soy fields of Illinois’ underbelly is the unlikely home of an intensely focused American rock band. As vicious as they are elegant, The Funs’ sounds emanate from 100-year-old bricks, rattling the sagging windows of an abandoned funeral-home-turned-artist-residency the duo built as their home. The Funs are not a band. They are a self-described cult, converting anyone willing to get close enough to the blood and noise. If you dig, they’ll take you in.

The Funs, also known as Jessee Rose Crane and Philip Jerome Lesicko, spent years transforming their hoarded old house of death into something of a sanctuary for one life’s most affirming practices, artistic creation. Building it tooth and nail into an artist and musician’s residency they now call Rose Raft, The Funs made an album called Alienated to christen their self-created home. Alienated is the first album produced in Rose Raft’s studio, recorded by Dave Vettraino. The album’s title refers to a feeling disaffection from the infrastructures that domesticate creativity into monetization. It describes the band’s desire to release sounds into the world without losing its soul to a commercial grind.

The Funs began releasing their jarring, feral sounds on tape via Lesicko’s own Manic Static imprint in 2009. After more than a decade of collaboration, the psychic connection between Crane and Lesicko radiates throughout Alienated. Songs like “Instinct,” With an almost single-minded drive to continuously write and record, the band heat-seeks their words and buzzy, glowing melodies. Content is now constant. Thousands of images flash through our retinas every day. The Funs remind us to close our eyes and listen. “Don’t’ let yourself go numb,” says the band, “light your nerves and feel it all.”

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released November 9, 2018

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THE FUNS New Douglas, Illinois

JESSEE ROSE
CRANE

PHILIP JEROME LESICKO

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Track Name: ENEMY
I am my enemy
Living in fantasy
I am my enemy
Living in entropy

I am my Enemy AHH x4

Some go east
Some go west
I will keep my middle chest

Don’t tell me that
There’s nothing left
I guess at least
There’s still my breath

Left in me now x4

Sometimes brief
Sometimes long
I will keep
The same old song
Don’t tell that
We don’t belong

I guess at least
The beat goes on in me now

In me now x4

Some go east
Some go west
I will keep my middle chest
I guess at least there’s still my breath
Track Name: MODERATE OVERKILL
Even I could care
Moderate overkill
Get lost go there
If you are burning still
Living in the days of the dying sun
I could never want to become
Living in the days of the dying sun
I could never want to
Track Name: FORGET ME NOT
Forget me not
Golden rod x2

I get so blown out
I can’t speak

Sometimes I stay inside
my head for weeks

Over-saturated by
the constant things x2

Forget me not
Golden rod x4

Sincerity becomes
A dirty word
And what you really
Care about gets blurred

Over-saturated by
the constant things x2

Forget me not
Golden rod x2
Track Name: I CAN DREAM
Mississippi dumb bell
The yard is full of sea shells
I can dream
The linen skates your face
It holds your frame in place
I can dream
Keep it together
Let’s keep us together
I can dream
Track Name: ENTITY
We fall in love
Like diamonds in the street
I lay roses at your feet
Endlessly

You’re a hallow entity
Stay up late
Trick or treat

I lay roses at feet
Endlessly
You’re a hallow entity

I work earth
It gives me peace
I lay roses at your feet
Endlessly

You’re a hallow entity x3
Track Name: FUR CUP
THERE IS FUR IN THIS CUP
AND I DON'T BELIEVE IN GOD
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
I'VE GOT HAIR ON MY TONGUE
I'VE GOT EVERYTHING I WANT
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
SHE PRESENTS ELECTRIC DRESS
AND IT HAS NO MEASUREMENT
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
SAW THE SKY THROUGH A FRAME
AND I NEVER FELT THE SAME
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
I'M NOT THE GIRL WHO MISSES MUCH
HEADLESS FIGURES COATS OF RUST
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
MAKE A CAST OF THE ROOM
RESIDUE OF YEARS OF USE
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
A BODY BURNS LIKE A PIT
FLOWERS GROW OUT OF MY SKIN
MORE THAN ANYONE x2
RAIN MEDITATE WASH AWAY x4
Track Name: THIS IS THE SOUND
This is the sound x2
You feel it now x2
We hit the ground x2
It’s getting loud x2
Track Name: INTO THE MIRROR
My world appears
I could be near
Your world is clear
To be out here
Your world is near
I could be here
I could be near
It still appears
My world is here
Into the mirror
My world is clear
Your're still near
My world appears
I could be near
Your world is clear
To be out here
Your world is near
I could be here

Leveled out this time
I could feel this heat
Everywhere we go
Is everything to me
Even if we stay
Something here to keep
All of this
Is everything to me
Track Name: INSTINCT
I’ll make a mess
And leave on the lights
Structure your curse
Give me the divine
Let’s just say
My head isn’t right
Talk me to death
All teeth
I’m spent
You sum up my instinct X4
Get in a hole
I throw down a line
Jaw like a fox
We lay down a fight
A lot of things I think
Don’t’ make any sense
Soaking the leaves
Drink tea I’m spent
You sum up my instinct
Track Name: POWER
Still after all this I could feel it change
All your power you wear like a chain
I could tell you don’t know how
I could see it too take me over now

and all of this waiting starts to drain me
to be here with all that remains

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