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Funeral for a Friend

Formed 2002.
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Matt Davies of Funeral For A Friend talks to James McLaren

Matt Davies of Funeral For A Friend talks to James McLaren about gearing up for a homecoming show.

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Biography

Funeral for a Friend are a Welsh post-hardcore band from Bridgend who formed in 2001. The band's line-up comprises lead vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye, guitarist Kris Coombs-Roberts, guitarist Gavin Burrough, bassist Richard Boucher and drummer Pat Lundy.

Funeral for a Friend's popularity rose in the United Kingdom with the release of their debut album, Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003). Achieving both a gold certification and three top twenty singles in their home country, Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation is often acclaimed as one of the landmark punk records of the 2000s. Hours (2005) and Tales Don't Tell Themselves (2007) showed an evolution in Funeral for a Friend's musical style from the style which defined their debut, as the group began to diverge from their use of screaming vocals, heavy metal influenced guitars, favouring more melodic rock influences. These albums achieved gold and silver sales certificates respectively in the UK.

Funeral for a Friend self-released their fourth album, Memory and Humanity (2008) through their short-lived record label Join Us, the album arguably being their most eclectic to date. Following this the band tied themselves to other independent labels for Welcome Home Armageddon (2011) and Conduit (2013), both of which showed the band returning to the metal and hardcore influenced style of their earlier work.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Conduit

    Conduit 2013

    Reviewed by Mischa Pearlman
    Welsh post-hardcore five-piece delivers its best album in years.
  2. Review of Welcome Home Armageddon

    Welcome Home Armageddon 2011

    Reviewed by Raziq Rauf
    A great fifth album from the revitalised Welsh rockers.
  3. Review of Tales Don't Tell Themselves

    Tales Don't Tell Themselves 2007

    Reviewed by Harry Holgate
    'Tales Don’t Tell Themselves' sees the boys continuing to put clear blue water...
  4. Review of Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation

    Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation 2003

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Welsh rockers prove that they're worthy of the hype: 'An astounding and bold debut'.
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