There are just two dates left of Funeral For A Friend‘s farewell tour, where the Welsh rockers will perform their seminal albums Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation and Hours in full.
Remaining a solid, reliable band over the last 10 years has meant FFAF have been unable to benefit from the reunion tours of so many of their early ’00s contemporaries. Instead they’ve stuck it out, continuing to tour relentlessly with seven albums under their belts.
Following their decision to split, FFAF set out on a mammoth farewell tour this year which culminates with two sold-out shows at London’s Kentish Town Forum on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May.
Here are seven songs I can’t wait to scream for the last time…
1. This Year’s Most Open Heartbreak
The song that started it all, from their magnificent debut EP Four Ways To Scream Your Name. I can still scarcely believe they left this off Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation.
Named by ‘clean’ vocalist Matt Davies after the capital city of Alaska because it’s ‘a cold, harsh, unforgiving country’, Juneau is written in response to him being cheated on. This is undoubtedly THE Funeral anthem, featuring the immortal line ‘And I’m nothing more, than a line in your book’.
3. Red Is The New Black
Funeral’s warning of using dirty tricks to become famous. If the biggest mosh pit of the night doesn’t erupt when the crowd screams the epic ‘It’s all about trust’ line, I don’t know what will.
4. Escape Artists Never Die
Drawing parallels with escape artists and escaping from a toxic relationship, Matt sings of a relationship he wants to be in but knows he shouldn’t. We’ve all been there, especially in the early ’00s…
The lead single from their second album Hours, their highest charting UK hit at #15. Amazingly, devoted FFAF friends managed to work out the dial tones at the beginning of the song were Matt Davies’ phone number, leading to him having to change his number!
6. Into Oblivion
First single from maritime-themed third album Tales Don’t Tell Themselves, telling the story of making it home after a series of hardships.
History tells the story of the miners strikes in 1980 and the effect on their communities in Wales. I can’t imagine there will be many dry eyes when this is played for the final time.