Kill Your Idols – Funeral for a Feeling

Kill Your Idols
Funeral for a Feeling

The following excerpt was taken from the band’s website with the numerous grammatical errors fixed, of course. Apparently, the web-designer believes that the plural form of the word “tattoo” is “tattoo’s.” Maybe he’s just being hardcore.
****Attention people with Kill Your Idols tattoos!**** We will be doing special pressings of some upcoming stuff for you. We are also trying to get photos of all of the tattoos for an upcoming release. Please get in touch with us! Even if your picture is already on the page or we just took them recently, please get in touch!
I don’t know, maybe I am just not hardcore enough. But the idea of tattooing “Kill Your Idols” to my forearm seems mind-numbingly idiotic. This is especially true considering Kill Your Idols sends the following message in “Fashion Statement:” “Judged by the way you look? / that’s so lame / fuck your fashion statement game / What’s the point of trying to fit it? / hardcore kids, punks, and skins / it’s a way of life, it’s not a fad / it has nothing to do with how you keep your hair.” Aren’t tattoos of bands’ names fashion statements? Oh, and how I am supposed to take Kill Your Idols seriously when they also state that “Kill Your Idols Wears Airwalk” in the liner notes?
But I’m just being nit-picky. The music is what is important. Okay. The music is fast and aggressive, as is to be expected by a hardcore band. Come to think of it, everything found on this album is to be expected. And let’s just say that Kill Your Idols’ cover of “Made to Be Broken” by Poison Idea is the most memorable song to be found on this album. The song actually has memorable guitar riffs and tempo changes. “I Will Defy” also stands out as having punchier guitars than the rest of the album. And “Fashion Statement” bounces along rather nicely. The other 14 songs blend together; your standard chords are repeated over and over. Actually, Funeral For a Feeling in its entirety feels like one 34-minute song with slight alterations in song structure about every two minutes. Every so often the listener will come across something different, a guitar solo perhaps. The solo on the title track is laughable. Not because no talent is involved, but because it brings to mind bands like Whitesnake and kin.
Because the music didn’t do much for me, I turned to the lyrical content. The first thing that stuck out was all the grammatical mistakes in the liner notes: “should of drank it straight” from “A Better Place”; “better to be young at heart then angry all the time” from “Young (At Heart).” The latter grammatical mistake resurfaces in later songs. The errors wouldn’t bother me so much if I wasn’t forced to read them so carefully, as I cannot understand one word that is spewed from lead singer Andy’s mouth. It is actually rather fun to just listen to Andy sing and try to figure out something he says. And what I have discovered after substantial experimentation and delicate analyzing is that “fuck” is the only decipherable lyric in Andy’s vast quarry of prose. But that too may be the hardcore punk thing to do.
As for the actual content of the lyrics, again, it is nothing that has not been done before. In “Dead by Dawn” Andy howls, “How can we prove our point / surrounded by posers / tell someone who gives a shit.” I find this whole poser deal childish. And in “Fall Out,” Andy again roars, “By screaming out silence / playing your games / and hiding behind your fake / screen names / chat rooms and message boards / is where you get your kicks / putting down others / to you its like a fix.” Somehow lines like this also make it difficult for the listener to take KYI seriously.
Granted, fans of the genre will enjoy this album. “KYI doesn’t sound like all that metal crap that comes out these days. They’re more old-school. And they put on a great live show.” But Funeral for a Feeling has been done so many times before. Maybe the members of Kill Your Idols will grow up and become lawyers like the main character did in SLC Punk. But judging by all those grammatical errors, they don’t seem to have the potential that Matthew Lillard did.