Funeral For A Friend: Post-hardcore heroes alive and kicking
LIZ CROSTHWAITE • Published 25 Feb 2013 08:30 1 Comment
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WELSH post-hardcore favourites, and relative veterans of the Brit-metal scene, Funeral For A Friend, have crashed back onto the musical radar with a new drummer (Pat Lundy) and a new album, Conduit.
After line-up changes and sound tweaks, in a scene where bands rarely make it to their third record - let alone their sixth - the five-piece's newest effort sees them return to a heavier, but still hooky sound.
The Villager spoke to bassist Richard Boucher to find out more about the record's genesis.
"It was not really intentional [the heaviness] at the start. We released an EP, which was a catalyst for a heavier sound because we were playing it live and it it went down so well. We like shorter, intense songs and we soon realised that we had a good block of work for the album. We are all hardcore kids at heart."
Rich added that the record was a more collaborative effort than previously: "We all bring songs to the table so it's a very big mix. I do not think [the huge success of 2003 debut record Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation] is something we necessarily need to top. You bring out a record because you are happy with it at the time. You have done that, it's great and you're moving on!"
The bassist added that being cited as an influence by up-and-coming bands makes him proud: "It's very humbling and flattering. It's probably one of the greatest feelings you can have in a band."
Funeral For A Friend play Rubix at Surrey University on Thursday, February 28.
Tickets cost £11/£15.40 from www.seetickets.com
This article appeared in Bracknell News 25 Feb 13
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Feb 25, 19:09