Funhouse is a Swedish rock band that was formed by four punk rockers with long hair in 1986. After releasing a self-financed single, “Tormentor”, and with gigs all over Sweden, the band was soon signed to Accelerating Blue Fish, a local independent record label, who released the single “Sunset”. But plans to release an album on this label were never realized as they were approached by the M&A Music Art label, whose dark wave profile was on par with the band’s own style.
After the release of the “Friends” EP and “Girls” album, it took the band three years before they released new material but with the release of the magnificent epos of love, trust and betrayal album “Never Again” in 1996 Funhouse became one of the leading bands in the genre of dark rock in Europe. After endless trips across Europe in an orgy of cherry wine, gin, gigs, interviews etc. to promote the album and the music they call “goth n roll”, the band went into the studio to record a new album, but the studio session turned into a nightmare. It was obvious that the price of the long “goth n roll” lifestyle had finally caught up with the band.
A long break turned out to be the only cure to avoid a split. Minor changes in the line-up and another studio session led to the release in 1998 of a limited-edition EP, “Second Coming”. After this release, the band signed with German label, Appollyon, and in 2000, they released “Forever True”, which only contained remastered versions of some of the band’s previously released tracks. This led to rumours that Funhouse had split up but to the surprise of the fans “Oceans of Tears” was released in 2001 and this was the first step to enter the American goth underground scene but still no new songs since the CD turned out to be another best of CD aimed at the US market. The fans would have to wait another three years before new material would finally be released.
In 2002, fans could read about new line-up changes and promises of a new album on the Funhouse website. And in 2003, the band finally delivered. With the album “Flames of Love” Funhouse proved that they still mastered the sound of dark up-tempo love songs with powerful chorus even though the new sound was much darker, with more guitars and keyboard than in previous releases.
In 2019, the band wrote on Facebook that they were planning a “Forever True 2020” tour, starting in Berlin on March 21, 2020. As a teaser, the band is planning the release of a new single called “Dark & Stormy” around Christmas 2019.
Expect some true goth n roll tunes and prepare your dance moves, cause these gothsters are going to put some joy into the darkness, because “If God was a rockstar, He would be Funhouse”.