Today we welcome Gavin Lloyd back for his column on pop-punk, nu-metal, metalcore, and anything other microgenre you were into as a teenager that you’re secretly not nearly as embarrassed about as you like to make out you are on social media.
Funeral For A Friend
Funeral for a Friend was a post-hardcore band from Wales. They formed in 2001 as a sextet called January Thirst. This did not last long, and in 2002 Funeral for a Friend recorded their debut EP Between Order And Model with their original 6-piece line up. After having been together for just a few months, the band changed their line up and subsequently signed a deal with Warner Brothers records for whom they recorded their second EP Four Ways To Scream Your Name. Read more on Last.fm
Funeral For A Friend on Thrash Hits
October 2nd, 2014
Wait, did we say outdoor festival season had ended with Reading and Leeds? Well, we were wrong. A whole truckload of bands descended upon Brighton Racecourse last weekend for Breakout Festival. We sent our newest snapper, Mike Burnell, down to shoot the best and the brightest for Thrash Hits.
May 7th, 2014
You know what, Funeral For A Friend? If you’d waited until next year, you could’ve billed this tour where you’re playing Hours – your magnificent second album – in full as a tenth anniversary celebration of said album. But you didn’t. Oh, okay, we forgive you. But only because we like you so much. Let’s see what that Gavin Lloyd thought about your show at the Camden Underworld last week.
Six things we learned watching Funeral For A Friend in London…
October 16th, 2013
With the impending re-release of Funeral For A Friend‘s 2002 EP, Between Order and Model we sent Tomas Doyle along to reminisce with the Welsh quintet’s singer, Matt Davies-Kreye about that seminal debut release as well as discuss the impact it’s had since.
A little over ten years ago a small Welsh band called Funeral For a Friend release their debut EP Between Order and Model. It was an exciting time for rock music, as we moved out of the nu-metal explosion there were a host of new sounds filling young ears up and down the country. Emo and hardcore were developing into the mainstream forces that we know them as today and the time was right for a UK band to step up and take on the baton.
August 11th, 2013
With the August Bank Holiday weekend rapidly approaching, Reading & Leeds Festivals are once again upon us. As with every year, Reading & Leeds have a bit fat dollop of heaviness in among the landfill indie, so for this week’s Sunday Slaylist we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of the hardest and heaviest from their 2013 line-ups.
February 21st, 2013
What do you do when you’re alone and blue, and the rest of the world got free Milk Tray and red roses? Go see Funeral For A Friend, obviously. Ruth Booth headed to Newcastle for a hardcore Valentine.
Six things we learned when Funeral For A Friend played in Newcastle
January 31st, 2013
Funeral For A Friend
28 January 2013
by Tomas Doyle
So why do you like music then? I mean really. I would hope you listen to it to hear something pure, some expression of emotion made tangible through will and instruments and collective as well as individual skill. You listen to it to hear a musician or musicians pulling something out of themselves that speaks of them, not tired trends or passing fads but something permanent and intrinsically more meaningful. Funeral For a Friend have been through the wringer and back in the last 10 years trying to get that balance right – from buzz-band to perceived also-rans, their career has been one of noticeable rise and fall as trends and fads have moved around and ultimately slipped from underneath them.
November 11th, 2012
Yesterday the Vans Warped Tour made its first return to London since 1999. We didn’t go. We do know some people who did go, and their reactions on Twitter ranged from “Oh my God! Onesies everywhere!” to “Lasted just an hour at Warped”. We know that (some) of us here at Thrash Hits have a reputation as being surly No Fun Club-types, but by gosh, did we not see this as a challenge to make a listenable Sunday Spotify Slaylist about it.
Oh God, did we try.
March 29th, 2011
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
March 18th, 2011
Funeral For A Friend
Welcome Home Armageddon
14 March 2011
by Raziq Rauf
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Funeral for a Friend were thinking about winding down after the line-up changes of recent years and the release of 2009’s best-of set, Your History Is Mine. But Welcome Home Armageddon proves quite the opposite. Both this disc and its predecessor, 2008’s Memory and Humanity, seem to have acted as MOTs for the band. While the first cracks to appear were quickly painted over, the departure of guitarist Darran Smith has been pointedly slow and deliberate. Today, the band sounds all the better for addressing their problems, having resolved them brilliantly.