REVIEW: Funeral For A Friend Fleece and Firkin 8/10
FROM the youthful emotive rage of Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation (2003) and Hours (2005) through to the more experimental and eclectic Tales Don't Tell Themselves (2007) and Memory and Humanity (2008), Funeral For A Friend are a band that has maintained a distinct sound (despite a few line-up changes), as well as a large and loyal fanbase.
Just a couple of years ago Funeral sold out the city's Academy. At the significantly smaller Fleece, the much-loved Welsh post-hardcore combo could be found bouncing off the walls, swinging from the poles and loving every moment in front of an adoring capacity crowd.
Just this week FFAF released their sixth full-length studio album, Conduit. It sees the collective return to their roots and tonight, despite there being a relative sense of nostalgia surrounding the band (now more than 11 years into their career), you can't help but embrace the overwhelming sense of optimism and sharing frontman Matt Davies' positive enthusiasm for their future.
At the Fleece Matt shared his love for punk rock, Airwolf, Top Gun and, er, Nick Knowles.
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And while it's the older, more recognisable fan favourites such as She Drove Me To Daytime TV, Recovery, Red Is The New Black, Roses For The Dead, Alvarez, Juneau and set closer, History, that may get the best reactions, greeted like familiar friends, it's with a satisfied grin that fans welcome the fresh newbies.
Judging by the smiling satisfied sweaty faces which streamed out into the lashing rain, the fans are extremely happy too, safe in the knowledge that the Funeral For A Friend heart is pounding as passionate as ever...