Sunday Funeral.

Sunday Funeral has been rocking in the Coachella Valley for many years now. Co-fronting the band with lead guitarist/vocalist Justin Ledesma is rhythm guitarist/vocalist Brian Frang. Sunday Funeral recently added drummer Grant Gruenberg to the mix. Sunday Funeral was recently part of two battle-of-the-bands contests that took place at The Hood Bar and Pizza. For more information, visit www.sundayfuneral.com. Brian Frang and Grant Gruenberg were kind enough to answer the Lucky 13; here are their answers.

What was the first concert you attended?

Brian: The Wallflowers, when I was 15. Can’t remember much of it, though.

Grant: Fabulous Thunderbirds and Dr. John, at Oasis Waterpark.

What was the first album you owned?

Brian: Oh, hell … I think it was a Marty Stuart album. I was pretty young.

Grant: Weird Al Yankovic’s Even Worse.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Brian: Mostly metal: Nightwish, Iron Maiden, Type O Negative, and Judas Priest. Mostly I just listen to whatever sounds good.

Grant: Zebrahead, Avenged Sevenfold, and Reel Big Fish.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Brian: Dubstep. I’m sorry, but it sounds like two washing machines trying to screw.

Grant: Goblin core. I don’t get that crap.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Brian: I would have loved to see Type O Negative live, before Pete Steele’s untimely death.

Grant: Easy one: Pink Floyd.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

Brian: “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.

Grant: New Kids on the Block and DJ Mustard.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Brian: Oh, I can’t pick a favorite; everyone’s treated us really well. On the other hand, The Hood has pizza.

Grant: Local: What used to be J Dee’s Landing. Out of town: Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

Brian: “It’s a small world after all.”

Grant: “Fuck you too bitch, call the cops! I’m a kill you and them loud ass motherfucking barking dogs.” Eminem, “Forgot About Dre.”

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Brian: Michael Jackson probably had the biggest impact. He’s the reason I became a singer. Saw him perform at the Super Bowl in ’93 (on TV), and I pointed and said, “I wanna do that when I grow up.”

Grant: Eminem, because I realized my life really wasn’t that bad. I stopped caring about a lot of things after hearing him.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

Brian: I’d ask Anthony Kiedis. “Where do you think you’d be today if you hadn’t gotten into music?”

Grant: I’d ask Jim Morrison: “Why are we here?”

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Brian: “A Tout Le Monde” by Megadeth.

Grant: “Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

Brian: You just love making these hard. Probably Judas Priest’s Painkiller.

Grant: Reel Big Fish, Why Do They Rock So Hard?

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Brian: “What It’s Like” by Everlast. It’s got a message I think more people need to take to heart before judging others.

Grant: Reel Big Fish, “Another FU Song.” (Scroll down to hear them!)

https://youtube.com/watch?v=vPoEA43cqKc

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Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...