Waikoloa Village punk-rockers El Sancho has announced “It’s Your Vuneral,” the first single from their new album, Our Part in the Darkness, is set for release in January 2021. The single is now available on all streaming platforms, including Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
“It’s Your Vuneral” is a semi-fictional tale about a white supremacist who intentionally contracts the coronavirus so he can spread it through immigrant communities. He believes that his superior genes will protect him while killing off “lesser” people. But instead, he ends up in a hospital and dies. Due to coronavirus restrictions, his family is unable to hold a traditional funeral and instead has to have a virtual service over Zoom, aka a Vuneral.
They got your haircut just up right/clean and fashy high and tight / the camera gets your best side / can’t see the formaldehyde
According to guitarist/vocalist Alan Kasameyer, “I wrote the lyrics for this song early in the pandemic. I’d heard stories of people trying to ‘weaponize’ the virus and just took that concept and ran with it, trying to find some humor in a pretty grim subject. At the time, a ‘vuneral’ seemed like such a novelty, but since writing this song I’ve unfortunately attended several.”
Thought you could conquer the beast / carry it around for you to unleash/kill the weak and the poor / but instead you fell on the floor
In only two-and-a-half minutes, El Sancho speeds through the story at breakneck speed, pausing in the middle for a short duet with Kasameyer and his 11-year-old daughter. They are backed up by a horn section that briefly takes a detour through ska territory before the guitar bounces right back into punk rock power chords. The song ends with a guitar solo by former Air Guitar World Champion (not a joke), Craig Billmeier – who played with Kasameyer in the 1990’s California geek-punk band Your Mother.
“We’ve spent the last 9 months living in Zoom calls to connect with our friends and family. We took this idea and applied it to our album, reaching out to musical friends across the globe who were willing to lend a hand remotely.” says drummer Tony Joyce.
In addition to Billmeier, Our Part in the Darkness features guests from California, Oregon, Texas, and Russia.
The Waikoloa-based band released a self-titled CD EP in 2019, followed by a series of online singles. The band has performed together since 2018 and has shared the stage with notable international touring bands like D.O.A (Canada), The Cutthroat Brothers (Washington/Hawaii), and D.I. (California).
El Sancho hopes to return to the live stages of the Big Island someday, but for now, you can check them out on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, or wherever you stream music.