Funeral for a Friend
Funeral for a Friend (2001-2016, 2019): a Emo band from Bridgend, Wales, UK.
hen Michael Davies (ex-January Thirst; vocals), quit in December 2001, Matthew Evans (vocals) and Johnny Phillips (drums) invited Matt Davies (later Davies-Kreye) to apply for the vacated singer position for the act that was to soon reform as Funeral for a Friend (often abbreviated as FFaF, a name derived from a song by Planes Mistaken for Stars, one of Davies' favorite bands.
Soon into the new year, the new act parted ways with second guitarist Kerry Roberts (Kris Coombs-Roberts's brother) and found a replacement in Darran Smith (ex-Tripcage). The act would then record four tracks at Mighty Atom Studios for a proposed self-financed EP with fellow Welsh band From This Moment On. Upon hearing the tracks, 'Mighty Atom Records' approached the band and offered them a two-album deal, resulting in their debut EP, Between Order and Model (2002). But before the EP's release, Andi Morris (ex-Extreme Noise Terror; bass) another founding member who had only been in the band for a year quit and would join Mulch; Phillips and Evans soon after followed. Gareth Davies (later Ellis-Davies) would then join on bass, while Ryan Richards joined on drums. Matt Davies then became the band's only primary vocalist, with Gareth Davies performing backing melodies and Richards took over Evans' screaming role. The second EP, Four Ways to Scream Your Name (2003) followed.
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On 21 August 2003 Funeral for a Friend were awarded a Kerrang! Award for "Best British Newcomer".
Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003), their first full length album, was released to critical acclaim in the UK. The album did not see a concurrent release in the US until the following year; instead, a seven-track "mini-album", Seven Ways to Scream Your Name would be released, featuring tracks from their Between Order & Model and Four Ways to Scream Your Name EPs plus Juneau B Side The Getaway Plan. In the United Kingdom the album received a gold certification a year after its release. Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation also spawned three top-twenty singles including the aforementioned Juneau (at 19 UK), She Drove Me to Daytime Television (at 20 UK) and Escape Artists Never Die (at 19 UK). The band toured feverishly to promote the album, including a series of European dates in which they opened for Iron Maiden. Also in 2004 Funeral for a Friend supported Linkin Park throughout America and headlined the second stage of the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
In 2005, the band released their second album Hours through 'Atlantic Records'. The album featured unusual methods of recording, for example Matt Davies' vocals were recorded whilst in a moving car and on a crowded Seattle street for the song Drive.
Tales Don't Tell Themselves (2007) would follow, the EP, The Great Wide Open (2007), coming soon after; negating the release of the proposed single.
September 2008 would see, via a MySpace blog post, Gareth Davies leave the band due to his marriage to an American and subsequent relocation, to be replaced by Gavin Burrough (ex-(Hondo Maclean/Ghostlines/The Future)). Later that year, the compilation album, Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009 would arrive. The compilation was not fully authorized by the band, but according to their contract with 'Atlantic', the label was entitled to release it. The band added four new tracks to "give the album more value to fans".
2010 saw Darran Smith leave the band, but not before playing his final shows. Gavin Burrough changed instrument from bass to guitar, taking over Smith's place as guitarist, Kris Coombs-Roberts would take over his role as backing vocalist, Richard Boucher (ex-Hondo Maclean/Hurricane-Joe/Ghostlines)) would assume the bass role.
On 3 May 2010 the band announced that would release a special new EP titled The Young and Defenceless to fans who "pledged" through website pledgemusic.com. This "pledge" options include the EP, a signed EP and even an acoustic performance by the band at a fan's residence.
Welcome Home Armageddon (2011) and the EP See You All in Hell (2011) followed.
May 2012 would see Ryan Richards announce his departure citing his family as the reason; Pat Lundy (ex- Rise to Remain) replaced him. Conduit (2013) and Chapter and Verse (2015) would follow.
The days for the band were now limited, however. On 14 September 2015, Funeral for a Friend announced their breakup and the Last Chance to Dance final tour, but in August 2019, Funeral for a Friend announced two special reunion concerts, with the proceedings going to the family of a terminally ill friend of the band.
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