Music: Funeral for a Friend
Funeral For A Friend is a Post-Hardcore
band from Bridgend, Wales. Formed in 2001, they have released five studio albums. Unlike most bands in the genre, Funeral for a Friend
are influenced by NWOBHM and Thrash Metal
. They are sometimes called emo or screamo, and acknowledge its influence on them. However, they consider themselves to play a unique style of music influenced by many genres, and for this reason, prefer to be called a hard rock or metal band. In addition, their sound features interplay between dual vocalists and guitarists.
- Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003)
- Hours (2005)
- Tales Don't Tell Themselves (2007)
- Memory and Humanity (2008)
- Welcome Home Armageddon (2011)
- Conduit (2013)
- Between Order And Model (2002)
- Four Ways To Scream Your Name (2003)
- The Young And Defenceless (2010)
- See You All In Hell (2011)
- Matthew Davies-Kreye - lead vocals
- Kris Coombs-Roberts - guitar, backing vocals
- Gavin Burrough - guitar, backing vocals
- Pat Lundy - drums
- Richard Boucher - bass
This band provides examples of the following tropes:
- Ascended Fanboy - During the tour for Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation, they got to open for their idols, Iron Maiden.
- Audience Participation Song - When performing "Streetcar", the band ask someone from the crowd to play a ringtone on their phone, or sing it, before launching into the song. This mimics the way it happens on the studio recording.
- "Juno"/"Juneau" is also one - the band have been known to stop playing whilst the crowd sings "And I'm nothing more than a line in your book". Amazingly, they were doing this as early as late 2002 when Between Order And Model was their only release (early video footage on Youtube proves this).
- The band wrote "History" specifically to be one of these songs.
- Badass Beard - Kris, Matt during Tales Don't Tell Themselves.
- Bishōnen - Matt during the Casually Dressed-era.
- Black Sheep Hit: A variation. They included the B Side "The Getaway Plan" on their US compilation "Seven Ways To Scream Your Name", and crowds in the US always want to hear it. They were completely bemused by this as they didn't think much of it at the time.
- Breakup Song - Moments Forever Faded, The End of Nothing, Juneau.
- Every song on the Four Ways To Scream Your Name EP details an aspect of breakup.
- Careful With That Axe
- Cover Version: Several (The pre-Damage Inc. ones were all later released on Your History Is Mine):
- The System by Far (for a radio session and B-Side to She Drove Me To Daytime TV. The band have also performed this live on stage with Far's vocalist Jonah Matranga)
- Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2 (B-Side of Monsters)
- The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy (B-Side of Monsters.)
- Babylon's Burning by The Ruts (B-Side of Monsters)
- Pirate Song by Gameface (B-Side of History)
- Damage Inc. by Metallica (Kerrang Re Mastered [Metallica's Master Of Puppets covered by modern bands])
- Will To Die by Strife (See You All In Hell EP)
- Green To Me by Hum (Songs Of Farewell And Departure: A Tribute To Hum)
- Rookie by Boysetsfire (Split with Boysetsfire, who covered FFAF's 10.45 Amsterdam Conversations in return.)
- Creator Backlash - The Band really, really seem to hate their song 'The Getaway Plan'.
- It's explained in the liner notes for Seven Ways To Scream Your Name that Matt considered it a "bad Daryl Palumbo impression" they included it specifically to show how it was the sound they tried to go for between their first two EPs and so hadn't quite found their sound yet.
- The band also seemed to dislike their song "Monsters", as it was the only early single that wasn't included on their "Your History Is Mine" compilation (Red Is The New Black was included instead) and rarely done live. The strange thing is that they were at the height of their popularity when it came out, it was played frequently by BBC Radio 1. When it is done live, Matt seems to struggle to sing it.
- Driven to Suicide - The boy in video for "Roses For the Dead". It's not explicitly shown, but as the video progresses, you can see a distraught mother clearing the boy's things away and reminiscing about him. And at the very end, the boy is shown at the edge of a tall building.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Matthew Evans does the screaming on their Between Order And Model EP and his voice is much screechier than Ryan Richards. This can be easily heard by comparing the EP version of Red Is The New Black to the Casually Dressed album version, which features Richards.
- Pre-FFAF band January Thirst recorded their only song, "Continuing Decay Of Human Nature" and released it on the UKHC compilation in 2001. Whilst it is effectively FFAF's Between Order And Model lineup with Michael Davies on vocals instead of Matt (no relation), it sounds far more like death metal and is an indication Matt changed the band's sound for the better.
- Emo - They've been lumped in with the scene, although they're more Melodic Hardcore with Heavy Metal influences.
- Epic Rocking - The six-and-a-half minute "Novella".
- Executive Meddling - Likely to be the reason for the removal of the screaming in Juneau, as it was going to be released as a single. The band have always played it live in its Juno arrangement (IE with screaming) thus indicating they always intended it to have it. The demo and 2002 live version of She Drove Me To Daytime Television has the line "on and on and on" sung only once at the end, whereas the EP / album version has it repeated. The demos of Storytelling and Moments Forever Faded have more screaming in them.
- Said to be the reason why Funeral for A Friend went softer on Hours and Tales Don't Tell Themselves.
- True enough with Hours (compare the demo of The End Of Nothing to the album version, for example), but Tales was a personal choice by the band to do something different.
- Follow the Leader - The band were very inspired by American post-hardcore bands like Deftones, Boysetsfire, Far and Hum. In turn, their popularity in the UK was a big catalyst for the expansion of the whole emo scene over there and the switching of Kerrang! magazine to being mostly about the genre (they were regularly featured). Such bands as Fightstar, Bullet For My Valentine and Bring Me The Horizon formed out of wanting to make music like FFAF, although went off in different directions. The band had a far more American sound than British indie rock did, and had an impact because of it. The band are thought of as legends in the genre even though they have long past peaked in popularity.
- Greatest Hits Album - Your History Is Mine, which also had four new songs.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: A few examples.
- The demo EP She Sold Me A Place To Die which is basically an unmastered version of Between Order And Model, except that it has version of Red Is The New Black with completely different lyrics. Although it has been shared online, it was only distributed by the band in their early days, so no copies have been sold nor has a cover been seen. The band, being aware the tracks were out there, did not include them on the digital bonus disc of Your History Is Mine, nor the reissue of Between Order And Model.
- The demo version of Out Of Reach from the B-Side of the vinyl version of Into Oblivion (Reunion) was overlooked for the otherwise comprehensive Your History Is Mine compilation which rescued various other songs from vinyl-only status.
- The third, digital-only bonus disc of Your History Is Mine, which contained many unreleased demos from the band's vaults, including the early song "Summer's Dead And Buried" (which was later modified into Waking Up), the electric version of This Letter (from the Hours sessions), and the unreleased track Colossus (from the Tales Don't Tell Themselves period). It was available for a limited time before all digital outlets just sold the standard 2 disc version.
- The demo of Wrench which was a digital gift to those who backed the band on their Pledge Music campaign(which led to The Young And Defenceless EP).
- The acoustic version of Red Is The New Black which was a digital gift to those who pre-ordered the Between Order And Model 2013 reissue.
- It's worth mentioning that "The Miracle Of Christmas" (from the Taste Of Christmas compilation) and "Damage Inc" (from Kerrang Re Mastered) are on now out of print various artist compilations, even though they are on CD.
- Lighter and Softer - Hours and Tales Don't Tell Themselves were more melodic and less aggressive than their debut. However, the band followed these with Memory and Humanity, which included some heavier songs, and then Welcome Home Armageddon and Conduit where they went even further in that direction than they had on all of their previous albums.
- Your Revolution Is A Joke was lighter and softer when it was made.
- The band's acoustic song Grand Central Station (later renamed This Letter) was the very first of these. It was written and recorded after Between Order And Model EP, never released at the time because the band thought it was too at odds with their sound. They did write an acoustic song called "Your Revolution Is A Joke" which was included on Casually Dressed. They rerecorded This Letter again twice in the Hours sessions, once as a heavier electric version and once as an acoustic version. Neither was used for the album, but the band had it in mind when they wrote the similar song History. The acoustic version of This Letter ended up on the B-Side of the 7" of Streetcar (and later the Your History Is Mine compilation) and the electric version appeared on the third disc of the Your History Is Mine compilation (though it had also appeared on a promo acetate before this.). The original 2002 version eventually appeared as a bonus track on the reissue of Between Order And Model in November 2013.
- Loudness War- They are repeat offenders. Memory and Humanity, in particular, has noticeable distortion and clipping.
- Between Order And Model is a notable exception due to being released on an indie label.
- It has to be said that the band's rich wall of sound means they actually use the loudness war to their advantage on Casually Dressed in particular.
- Lyrical Dissonance - The first half of the song "Welcome Home Armageddon" is probably the most upbeat-sounding song about the apocalypse this side of R.E.M. The second part is much more somber.
- Some of their songs have really catchy melodies, but the lyrics are so deep in metaphor that they can be difficult to understand. Averted with Tales Don't Tell Themselves where most of the lyrics involve something happening at sea.
- New Sound Album - In 2007, they released Tales Don't Tell Themselves, a mellower Alternative Rock Concept Album about a lost fisherman. It was not well received by the fanbase.
- In 2013 they released Conduit, which was done in a darker, heavier style than their previous albums, with Matt using a more shouted style as well, due to the departure of Ryan Richards. All the songs on the album are heavy, and hardcore punk influenced, although several have melodic choruses. The album was also much shorter than their previous ones, with all songs apart from two being under three minutes. The parent tour generally focused on their heavier songs from previous works as well.
- Old Shame - Very much averted with the first two EPs, which are held in high regard by the band and their fanbase.
- Although generally proud of their early period, the band did regard The Getaway Plan as an Old Shame for a while, mainly due to Matt's attempt at a new vocal style (which he called a "bad Daryl Palumbo impression"). The band came to regard the song as an important part of their development as a band (calling it "the link between their first two EPs") and released it on the compilations "Seven Ways To Scream Your Name" and "Your History Is Mine". The band have not commented on it recently. Fan opinion on the song is generally positive thanks to how well regarded that period is.
- They seem to view Hours and Tales Don't Tell Themselves as these, not for the songs, but for the effect they had on their fanbase (which led to their goal of getting back to their roots.)
- One of Us: Matt has described himself as a nerd on many occasions.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice - Your Revolution Is A Joke, Drive, Sonny, This Letter and the end of Kiss And Make Up (All Bets Are Off).
- In recent years, Matt has stopped doing this, mainly due to a consciously harder sound.
- Rearrange the Song - "Juno", from their first EP, was re-recorded as "Juneau" on their debut album. The second version was a bit less screamy and intense and more catchy.
- "This Letter" was originally recorded in a heavy arrangement to being a very sedate acoustic arrangement for its release on the "Streetcar" single. For years, this acoustic version was the only one available to the public, but the heavy version has appeared on the digital only third disc of Your History Is Mine (it also appeared on a promo acetate CD, years before).
- Running Joke - Matt can't ride a bicycle.
- Soprano and Gravel- Matt the singer and Ryan the screamer. Matt shout-sings the vocals on occasion.
- On Between Order And Model, it was Matt the singer and Matthew Evans the screamer (who had a much harsher style than Ryan). The song Red Is The New Black is a good point for comparison.
- Since Conduit, Matt tends to shout sing more often, due to the departure of Ryan. Whilst playing live on the Conduit tour, if a song requires a singer and screamer at the same time (e.g. Juno), Kris will do the screaming.
- Stock Phrase: Expect Matt to say 'heart' and/or 'bleeding' at least once in every song, especially on Hours.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song - "Your Revolution Is A Joke", "Building", "Sonny", "History", "This Letter", and, to an extent, "Owls (Are Watching)".
- Tearjerker - The video for Roses for the Dead.
- Titled After the Song - The band is named for a song by Planes Mistaken For Stars, not the Elton John song, as some believe.
- Title Drop - "Sixteen" drops the title of the EP it was on, The Young and Defenseless, in the chorus (minus the "the" part).
- Roses For The Dead contains the line "Wasting the hours now", which gave the name to the album Hours.
- Welcome Home Armageddon is a double one - in addition to being the title track for an album, a line in the song gave the name to the EP See You All In Hell.
- The Band Minus the Face - Ryan Richards was the screamer in the band, and second most recognisable member after Matthew Davies-Kreye. Ryan's absence is particularly notable on Conduit because the parts he would scream are instead shouted by Matt.
- The Pete Best - the original screamer and vocalist Matthew Evans
- However, unlike Best, he left of his own accord to study art, and became an artist known as Snowskull. The band notably contacted him to draw the cover art for their album Conduit.
- Kerry Roberts, the original rhythm guitarist, who left before the first EP and is only notable for being Kris's brother.
- Your Cheating Heart - "Juneau", according to Matt, it's about an ex-girlfriend who cheated on him.