Funeral For A Friend: Between Order and Model (End Hits Records)
15th Nov 2013
Funeral for a Friend remind us (and themselves) what they are all about ….
A reissue of Funeral For A Friend’s Between Order And Model has been released as a precursor to the band’s new album Four Ways To Scream Your Name, with the presumption that the band are returning to their screamo roots which brought them success just a little over 10 years ago.
With the approach of almost Godfather like status amongst the screamo scene, these Welsh rockers have never been afraid to soften their sound for a more commercial market.
Over the last 10 years Funeral For A Friend have led fans through a variety of alterations of their original sound that has lead to mixed reviews from both fans and the press. This band has acquired a mixed bag of fans whom claim that THE Funeral For A Friend is the one they heard on introduction to the band.
So, who are Funeral for a Friend? Screaming punks from the Valleys, or a band struggling to tread the line between commercial success yet remain loyal to their original fan base? The answer is neither.
Just from this 4 track EP it can be heard that the band is already struggling with their identity (as if the title Between Order And Model isn’t a big enough clue!). Yes the songs are punkier then the more radio friendly part of their career but all the trademarks of the Funeral for a Friend style are set in place; the anthemic lead vocal as a contrast to unclear vocals, the circular riffing harmonic guitars, and the keenness of a drummer who is eager to show off his double-bass pedal.
This EP does remind us what the origins of screamo were, and whichever reincarnation of Funeral for a Friend you may be into, this EP will be a great little introduction to a new generation of fans.
All words by Will Thomas. More writing by Will Thomas can be found on his blog.