Funeral for a Friend , abbreviated FFAF, is a British post-hardcore group, originally from Bridgend, Wales. Formed in 2001, it consists of singer Matthew Davies-Kreye, guitarist Kris Coombs-Roberts, guitarist Gavin Burrough, bassist Richard Boucher and drummer Pat Lundy.
The popularity of Funeral for a Friend initially extends to the UK with their first studio album, Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation (2003). Hours (2005) and Tales Do not Tell Themselves (2007), their successor albums, show a musical evolution in Funeral for a Friend compared to their first album, the band now making use of screams, heavy metal riffs, especially. Both of these albums were certified gold and silver records in the UK, respectively. The fourth self-produced album from Funeral for a Friend, Memory and Humanity (2008), and distributed via their own record label Join Us, is considered the most eclectic yet. Subsequently, the group distributes via other labels their albums Welcome Home Armageddon (2011) and Conduit (2013), which present their initial musical style influenced by metal and hardcore.
While Michael Davies, one of January Thirst's first singers, leaves in December 2001, Matthew Evans (vocals) and Johnny Phillips (drums) invite Matt Davies (later Davies-Kreye) to fill the vacant singer spot. Subsequently, the group reformed under the name of Funeral for a Friend; the name comes from a song of Planes Mistaken for Stars (en) , the one of Davies' favorites at this time>. On New Year's Eve, the band splits from second guitarist Kerry Roberts (Kris Coombs-Roberts' brother) and replaces it with Darran Smith (a former Tripcage member). The band releases four songs to the Mighty Atom Studios label (en) for an auto EP -financed with another Welsh band from this moment on. As a result of listening to his four songs, Mighty Atom Studios is interested in the band and offers them a contract for two albums; the group then publishes the EP Between Order and Model (2002). Before the release of this EP, Andi Morris (bass), Phillips and Evans leave the band. The remaining members recruit Gareth Davies (later Ellis-Davies) on bass, and Ryan Richards on drums. Matt Davies becomes the only lead singer of the band, accompanied by Gareth Davies in the melodic voice, and Richards who plays the role of Evans howls.
In 2003, Funeral for a Friend released his second EP, Four Ways to Scream Your Name (en) , produced and mixed by Colin Richardson. In August 2003, Funeral for a Friend participates in the Concrete Jungle internship Reading and Leeds Festivals .