So, if you were getting into punk and heavy music around 2005-2008 you’ll probably be aware of who Funeral For a Friend are. But If you’re not aware Funeral For a Friend are a Welsh Post-Hardcore/Melodic-Hardcore/Emo/Metalcore/Any Genre Buzzword for punk or heavy music at the time, they’ve toured the world, had two gold records in the UK, they’ve influenced countless UK bands such as: Fightstar
, Creeper, Rise to Remain and many more and now they’re breaking up. Which sucks.
I mean a band breaking up is inevitable it happens, whether it be by death, internal conflict or simply things just reaching their natural conclusion. it happens, it’s not the first time and it certainly won’t be the last time a band breaks. I’m glad Funeral For a Friend are doing this on their own terms though. From the outside anyway there doesn’t appear to be any bad blood within the band, as a band they’ve just decided its time. As a fan I’m happy for them for doing that after releasing the immense album “Chapter and Verse” last year, they’ve decided to go out on a high note do a final farewell tour (which I’m about to head out to right now) and call it quits. I’m really sad to see these guys go, British heavy music wont be the same with out them, and may not be what it is today without their influence. With how band breakups are these days, maybe give it a couple of years and we’ll be seeing a reunion tour in two or three years. But for now…
farewell boys, good luck in the future and well done for showing what a bunch of village kids from Wales can do.
Funeral For a Friend were FUCKING AMAZING! From the second that they stepped on stage to the room was pure electricity, energy and a feeling of completion. The show perfectly encapsulated the idea of it being better to go out in a blaze of glory, than simply fade into obscurity.
The set consisted of the band played their second album “Hours” in full before going into a set of newer songs and fan favourites including “1%”, “Into Oblivion”, “Juneau” before ending the set with “Escape Artists Never Die”.
The sound for the night was great, I’m personally a big fan of the 02 ABC as a venue and the sound in the room is always pretty good. The band’s performance was Incredible at this point where their tenure as a band is coming to a close , they absolutely gave their all as a band. Frontman Matt Davies nailed every song, was really engaged with the crowd too and the crowd was engaged with him, creating a great exchange of energy between band and audience to fuel both . Overall a fantastic performance.
So to conclude. It would be pointless for me to recommend going to see a band who are doing their swan song right now, but if you do get the chance to see Funeral For a Friend on tour do it, Just Do It! And again well done! boys see you on the flipside
If your interested in checking Funeral For a Friend out they’ve got a great back catalogue of music. My personal favourites are the albums: “Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation”, “Hours” and “Chapter and Verse”