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!)
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