Funeral For a Friend are one of those British bands that as mid-to-late 20-somethings, we’ve seen regularly over the past decade. What’s one more time? An absolute pleasure. That’s what. Well, seeing as they were playing a low-key date at London’s Highbury Garage
Six things we learnt when we saw Funeral For A Friend in London:
- Rise To Remain are going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2011. Sounding like a mad mix of mid-2000s Roadrunner Records bands (think: Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage, Trivium – when they were all at their peak) they’ve created a brilliant and exciting mix of metal.
- Austin Dickinson is his father’s son, but that’s ok. Because Austin chose to sing as well, Bruce will always be an easy reference point, but Dickinson Jr has a full vocal palette – the screams, the clean vocals, the bizarrely gruff, Americanized [sic!] between-song banter with the crowd. It’s all there.
- Funeral For A Friend are not a band for kids any more. Take one look around at the 20-30-somethings (like us) that are standing around swilling beer, having grown up with the Welsh post-hardcore quintet. They’re (we are) singing every word.
- Gareth Davies and Darran Smith will always be missed by some hardcore fans but the two new members – former Hondo Maclean men, Gav Burrough (guitar) and Rich Boucher (bass) – add a quiet energy to the live show.
- Of tonight’s 15-song setlist, six might be from either recent album, Welcome Home Armageddon or 2010’s The Young And The Defenceless, but there are four each from their first two albums. FFAF clearly know what their strongest material is. There’s not a single song from Memory And Humanity. Ouch.
- However, Funeral should be less afraid to play tracks off Tales Don’t Tell Themselves. After waiting the whole gig to hear a song from their biggest album, they waited for the encore to play the marvellous ‘Into Oblivion’ and the classic rock vibes were immense. More songs from this album please, FFAF!
Funeral For A Friend @ Highbury Garage setlist
Roses For The Dead
Rookie of the Year
End Of Nothing
Serpents In Solitude
Red Is The New Black
Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
Spinning Over The Island
Front Row Seats to the End of the World
Escape Artists Never Die