Wallice Wants You to Dance at Her "Funeral"
Photo: Nicole Busch
With Wallice's highly-awaited 90s American Superstar EP just days away, the rising star has dropped the next and last single to be lifted from her forthcoming body of work. Her latest single, “Funeral,” urges people to celebrate life and follows on from the previously shared “Little League” and the EP's title track.
According to Wallice, “Funeral” is a spin on the usual emotions and celebrations, or lack thereof, present at a funeral. “It’s taking the EP’s ‘larger than life’ concept of being a celebrity (or at least trying to) and having this funeral be a massive party. I talk about having a pregame for the funeral, an open bar, a camera crew, and rocking and rolling.” The dark yet whimsical track sees Wallice’s protagonist craft a darkly comic tale where she fantasizes about her own funeral. The surrealistic affair is complete with having a party at her boyfriend’s house and a “casket in a muscle car.”
“This is my favorite song I’ve ever written,” Wallice shares. “We tracked live trombone, saxophone, flute, trumpet, I played cello, and then my guitarist Callaghan Kevany recorded an insane guitar solo at the end. It’s a marriage of my classical and jazz roots with the rock sound that I’ve grown into. I want people to dance to this song and have fun. Even though it’s a song about death, I don’t think it necessarily feels that way. Maybe we should shift the perspective of funerals to not be so sad.”
The accompanying visualizer, shot and styled by Ali Scharf, sees Wallice in full glam doing a photoshoot. Viewers get a VHS-style glimpse into the behind-the-scenes process as the artist poses for the photographer. The engaging yet straightforward visual juxtaposes the single’s impeccably crafted highs and lows, leaving viewers wanting more when the up-and-coming artist leaves the frame as the song ends.
The upcoming EP was written and recorded with friends at Wallice’s grandparents’ home in Utah. She describes the overall concept as “a hypothetical look into the celebrity life that lots of musicians and the LA entertainment industry crowd seeks.” “It’s fun to think about, 'what if I was famous?’ and how fame can change people,” she adds. “Especially since I grew up in LA - I love it here, but it’s a strange place, and it can feel like everyone is just looking for their big break.”
Watch the "Funeral" visualizer below: