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Funeral for a Friend farewell shows / April 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 15th September 2015 at 9:00 am
 

After an amazing 15-year run in the music business, Funeral for a Friend will be calling it quits in spring 2016. In addition to goodbye shows announced for February in Australia and mainland Europe in March, the Welsh post-hardcore band have revealed a series of special paired shows in five cities in the UK: Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London. The shows in the UK will feature two early albums played in full: the first night will be around their 2005 album ‘Hours’, with the second night themed around their 2003 debut ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation’. They released their seventh and final studio album ‘Chapter and Verse’ on Distiller Records at the start of this year. Frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye describes their journey:

“It’s the natural end. We’ve done everything we set out to do and way more than I could ever have hoped so I’m not upset that it’s run its course. We all felt that ‘Chapter and Verse’ was a pretty decent full stop on an incredible 14 and half years of making music together.

So, how do you celebrate a huge part of your life? You play some shows! For me it seemed obvious to go out with both ‘Hours’ and ‘Casually Dressed…’ I feel that both those records distill what Funeral is to a whole load of people more definitively than just piecing together a set from all the records we’ve made. It seems to me that those are the records that matter most and ‘Hours’ to me is my proudest achievement in music with Funeral. I don’t know why but it fills me with an overwhelming sense of pride.”

Tickets to this final Funeral for a Friend UK tour will go on sale this Friday, the 18th of September, at 10 AM. For all past coverage of the Welsh band on TGTF, head this way.

Tuesday 5th April 2015 – Cardiff Y Plas
Wednesday 6th April 2015 – Cardiff Y Plas
Friday 8th April 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Saturday 9th April 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Sunday 10th April 2015 – Glasgow Garage
Monday 11th April 2015 – Glasgow Garage
Wednesday 13th April 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Thursday 14th April 2015 – Birmingham Institute
Friday 15th April 2015 London Shepherds Bush Empire
Saturday 16th April 2015 – London Shepherds Bush Empire

 

Video of the Moment #1681: Funeral for a Friend

 
By on Tuesday, 18th November 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Funeral for a Friend have revealed a new song from their forthcoming album ‘Chapter and Verse’. ‘1%’ tackles the very real issue of the hard-working people of the world being downtrodden in this depressed economy. Frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye explains:

The idea for the track came from watching the news reports around and after the financial crisis hit; the anger at the banks and financial institutions that lined their own pockets off the backs of the hard working average individual. Theft at the highest level, no sense of remorse, even in the wake of exposure. Hand outs, bonuses, pay increases… It’s like someone rubbing egg in the face of the honest, hard working people who struggle, sometimes with two jobs, raising a family and only just being able to make ends meet.

‘Chapter and Verse’ will be released on the 19th of January 2015. Watch the powerful video for ‘1%’ below. To read our past coverage on Funeral for a Friend on TGTF, go here.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsBlMfP21aI[/youtube]

 

Live Gig Video: Funeral for a Friend perform ‘Roses for the Dead’ at Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire on Dr. Martens’ #STANDFORSOMETHING Tour

 
By on Friday, 24th October 2014 at 4:00 pm
 

Earlier this month, Funeral for a Friend took a #STANDFORSOMETHING, playing during October’s Dr. Martens’ tour in the UK. Watch them perform ‘Roses for the Dead’ at Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire below.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOzL_U2vX9U[/youtube]

 

Dr. Martens #standforsomething UK Tour / October, November and December 2014

 
By on Friday, 18th July 2014 at 9:00 am
 

Dr. Martens have withstood the onslaught of – and reinvented themselves through – many – if not all – musical eras, fads, and fashions. No doubt ‘60s rockers found them very handy for keeping their feet protected from the tarmac, forcing a sticky gearlever to shift on a careworn Triumph and for kicking mods in the shins. Into the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, punk and the skinhead movement found DMs perfectly matched their aggressive image, even though most punks no doubt went home to their mums to tuck them in with a cup of cocoa at night.

Later on in the decade, as the hardness of punk split into gothic nihilism and dayglo optimism, Dr. Martens could be found on the feet of both groups – the perfect match to both a pair of leather trousers and a floaty flower-print dress. And then came the 1990s, and with it came grunge, a musical movement tailor made for a decent pair of sturdy footwear. Truth be told, there’s barely an era in music that DMs haven’t been associated with, continuing to the present day. So it’s no surprise that the brand has decided to become directly involved in a bit of music promotion.

Now in its second year, the Dr. Martens #standforsomething tour promises to repeat last year’s achievement of “taking some of the most exciting live acts around into tiny venues”. Which makes it sound like they’ve managed to get White Denim to play a phone box, and that isn’t really the case. I’m not sure the venues involved would agree with the “tiny” description – Newcastle’s Cluny 2 has raked seating, a balcony and 160 capacity. Nor is it unusual for the bands involved to play mid-size venues: Eagulls are playing the Cluny on their own headline tour, for instance.

Such pedantry aside, Dr. Martens have come up with an exciting, directional lineup, heavy on bands that feature the words “post”, “punk”, or indeed “post-punk” in their bios. Wales’ Funeral for a Friend have been plying post-punk pop with a distinctly American twist for over a decade now, and the public’s appetite shows no sign of waning. Leeds’ Eagulls are a touch more ramshackle, more punk and less metal, but nonetheless play in the same league.

A pattern emerges when we come to We are the Ocean – distorted, upbeat guitar riffs, insistent, double-tracked vocals and clean-as-a-whistle production. Only their mothers could tell them apart from Funeral. Things take a left-field turn in Los Campesinos! (pictured at top); instead of distorted guitars, there’s violins, any manner of improvised percussion and vocals that are more sung than screamed.

And then there’s the matter of Sydney’s Tonight Alive. Fresh from gracing the soundtrack of the latest Spiderman film, Jenna McDougall brings her impressively toned abdomen and similarly toned vocal cords to the humble environs of Newcastle’s Cluny 2. A combination of laid-back Australian surf style and distinctly Transatlantic musical chops, there’s no doubt that Tonight Alive will bring a dose of glamour to Tyneside – and to be fair to the promoters, considering the auditoria Tonight Alive are used to playing, the Cluny may indeed appear tiny in comparison.

When you boil it down, #standforsomething is nothing more than a short series of unrelated gigs across the country with a rather large marketing budget attached. The bands are already touring the UK: Tonight Alive, for instance, hit London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, completely independently, before their Martens-sponsored Newcastle date. Similarly, this gig closes We are the Ocean’s and Funeral for a Friend’s tours, whereas it falls directly in the middle of Eagulls’. Nonetheless, a good bit of promotion for some decent bands never goes amiss, so whichever way you slice it, if you’re into DMs, good music, or perhaps even both, there’s no better way to spend a night with your fellow leather enthusiasts. And you might bounce home with a bit of free swag. Catch the tour on the dates listed below and register on the Dr. Martens Web site here to register for tickets.

Saturday 4th October 2014 – Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire starring Funeral for a Friend
Saturday 11th October 2014 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach starring Eagulls
Saturday 25th October 2014 – Liverpool Shipping Forecast starring We are the Ocean
Saturday 8th November 2014 – London Lexington – TBA
Saturday 22nd November 2014 – Birmingham Flapper starring Los Campesinos!
Saturday 6th December 2014 – Newcastle Cluny 2 starring Tonight Alive

 

Funeral for a Friend / October 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 18th October 2011 at 9:00 am
 

Funeral for a Friend is touring the UK this month. Tickets are on sale now.

Their new album, ‘Welcome Home Armageddon!’, was released earlier this year. You can read Luke’s thoughts on the album here. The band’s new EP ‘See You All In Hell’ will be released on the 7th of November.

Sunday 23rd October 2011 – Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Monday 24th October 2011 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
Tuesday 25th October 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 27th October 2011 – Nottingham Rock City
Friday 28th October 2011 – Manchester Academy 1
Saturday 29th October 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy
Sunday 30th October 2011 – London Roundhouse

 

Album Review: Funeral for a Friend – Welcome Home Armageddon!

 
By on Thursday, 17th March 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

There are some bands in the world that you just can’t understand why people like so much. You know why they have fans, but can’t understand the unequivocal admiration from their legions of followers. One of these bands are the Welsh rockers Funeral for a Friend. Described by many as screamo, post-hardcore or even emo, Funeral for a Friend manage to encapsulate the minds and hearts of 14-year old girls. Since their inception in 2003 with ‘Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation’, FFAF have grown into one of the UK’s biggest post-hardcore acts and tour all over the world. So can this quintet from the valleys prove their worth with their new album?

Released this past Monday (14 March), ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ is Funeral for a Friend’s fifth studio album. Known for combining a blend of soaring vocals and crushing metal riffs, their sound is one of ups and downs. Unfortunately, the content of the album tends to be the latter. It’s a well thought out mix of metal, punk and rock but ultimately goes nowhere. The LP begins with a slow and chilled intro which fades into the first proper song, entitled ‘Old Hymns’. It’s fast and furious, with drummer Ryan Richards seemingly trying to smash his kit to pieces. This, however, is where the fun ends. Even with Matthew Davies-Kreye’s voice being as emotive as ever, there’s no real hook. Nothing stands out other than the fact it is fast.

The upcoming single from the album is ‘Sixteen’. A pop-rocky affair which sounds more like ‘Take This To Your Grave’ era Fall Out Boy than these Welsh screamers. Davies-Kreye even seems to sing with a slight American accent, which is off-putting more than anything else. Suffering the same fate as the tracks previous, there’s nothing for the listener to latch on to. It simply plays in the background and fades away.

There are one or two tracks which could warrant being played again. ‘Owls (Are Watching)’ and ‘Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t’ are both heavy and hectic with an emotional subtext. The punk drums remain constantly rushed and powerful, pushing the song onward getting faster and faster. But an album can’t be saved on the quality of its drumming or for being heavy, and ‘Welcome Home Armageddon!’ cannot save itself: too many songs that disappear into the ether, anthemic choruses that simply don’t work and, at times, vocals which sound strained and incapable of rising over the music. Ultimately, the LP falls short in its songwriting. All the elements to make a good song are apparent but they just don’t work well if at all. There’s nothing to keep your attention or keep you interested, it would be an amazement if you keep the album on for its entirety. Something which shouldn’t happen for a band well into their career. Perhaps it’s time to rethink strategy?

5/10

‘Welcome Home Armageddon!’, the new album from Funeral for a Friend, is available now from Distiller Records.

 
 
 

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