Funeral For A Friend - The Young And Defenceless
One of Wales' foremost bands of the last decade, Funeral For a Friend, are about to release an EP, The Young And Defenceless, through Pledgemusic. With band personnel changes and a new model of interacting with their fanbase, the band's frontman, Matt Davies, was in impassioned mood when we caught up with him to talk about the record.
Davies has always been socially- and politically-aware, right from the moment I first met him. He is mired in the punk rock / DIY scene and at the time he was editing the Third Engine fanzine. By 2010, he's grown older but lacks none of the fight and fire that was evident both in his writing and the music that first came to my attention on the Between Order And Model EP.
These days he's railing at the ineffectiveness of the political models we have and their inadequacy at combating the world's problems. "I truly think that more needs to be done and looked at rather then living in comfort, safe in the knowledge that we're recycling our tin cans and plastic bottles and doing our bit," he says. "I feel we all need to be a lot more pro-active with the way things are being done; I think that's the force of real change but I fear it's all too little too late."
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