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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. 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)
- 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.
- A Good Name for a Rock Band - The band is named for a song by Planes Mistaken For Stars, not the Elton John song, as some believe.
- Badass Beard - Kris, Matt during Tales Don't Tell Themselves.
- Bishonen - Matt during the eps and Casually Dressed.
- Break Up 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
- Creator Backlash - The Band really, really seem to hate their song 'The Getaway Plan'.
- Driven to Suicide - The boy in video for "Roses For the Dead", it's not shown but as the video progresses you can see a distraught mother clearing the boy's things away and remensing about him and at the very end it shows the boy at the edge of a tall building.
- 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.
- - Said to be the reason why Funeral for A Friend went softer on Hours and Tales Don't Tell Themselves.
- Greatest Hits Album - Your History Is Mine, which also had four new songs.
- And a whole disc of B Sides, many of which had only appeared on 7" vinyl before, thus preventing the need to keep circulating the vinyl recordings.
- Lighter and Softer - Hours and Tales Don't Tell Themselves were more melodic and less heavy than their debut. They got back to the old sound on Memory and Humanity, but their true comeback was Welcome Home Armageddon.
- Loudness War- They are repeat offenders. Memory and Humanity, in particular, has noticeable distortion and clipping.
- Lyrical Dissonance - The first half of the song "Welcome Home Armageddon" is probably the most upbeat-sounding song about the apocalypse this side of REM. The second part is much more somber.
- 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.
- Old Shame - Very much Averted with the first few E Ps, which are held in high regard by the band and their fanbase.
- Perishing Alt Rock Voice - Your Revolution Is A Joke, Drive, Sonny, and the end of Kiss And Make Up (All Bets Are Off).
- 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.
- 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.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song - "Your Revolution Is A Joke", "Building", "Sonny", "History" and, to an extent, "Owls (Are Watching)".
- Tear Jerker - The video for Roses for the Dead.
- Title Drop - "Sixteen" drops the title of the EP it was on, The Young and Defenseless, in the chorus (minus the "the" part).
- The Pete Best - the original screamer and vocalist Matthew Evans
- 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 Word of God (Matt), it's about an ex-girlfriend who cheated on him.