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Funeral For a Friend - Pay your respects to post-hardcore band

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

By Anita Merritt

New album:   Funeral for a Friend's Cavern visit coincides with the launch of Conduit

New album: Funeral for a Friend's Cavern visit coincides with the launch of Conduit

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THE same week Welsh post-hardcore band Funeral For a Friend release their sixth studio album, they will perform at Exeter's Cavern.

It is one of 23 intimate shows across the UK and Ireland the band is playing as part of their tour of the UK to promote the release of Conduit.

Joining the band on the dates, including at the Cavern on Thursday, January 31, is Such Gold and Daytrader from the US, as well as I Divide.

The album is the follow-up to 2011's critically acclaimed Welcome Home Armageddon which saw the band approach their music with renewed vigour following the addition of new members Gavin Burrough and Richard Boucher.

New faces is a theme that continues with Conduit. It features the addition of drummer Pat Lundy, previously of Rise To Remain, following long-time drummer/vocalist Ryan Richards' departure.

It is a tightly wound collection of tracks, again produced with Romesh Dodangoda, bursting with emotion and personal conflict but also full of commentary on the inner workings and experiences of an established band.

Revealing the idea behind the title track, lead vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye said: "It's about the transcendental act of performing to an audience. It's a major component of what this band is about and even though in the confines of a room, even though we've never met there's this bond between us and the people through the music."

The album is not much longer than 30 minutes and it definitely marks some changes for the band.

However, Matthew matter-of-factly states: "It wears its heart on its sleeve in terms of it representing the scene of music that spawned us. It's not trying to be a rebirth or anything cheesy like that. It's just honest and I hope that's evident from those who listen to it.

"In my heart it would be rad for people to take these songs and love them as much as the others they love and come to a show on a tour and sing them as hard to us as we do to them. That would be beautiful."

Tickets for the gig cost £14. Call 01392 495370 or visit www.exetercavern.com

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