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Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend: 7 Ways To Scream Your Name7 Ways To Scream Your Name (2003)
Ferret Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: ConduitConduit
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Funeral For A Friend are a pretty decent band from the UK who do the whole "sing/scream" thing that everybody knows is so played out to the point now where it has been given it's own name which doesn't need to be said again. FFAF put out this small release (a collection of the songs on their first t.
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Funeral For A Friend are a pretty decent band from the UK who do the whole "sing/scream" thing that everybody knows is so played out to the point now where it has been given it's own name which doesn't need to be said again. FFAF put out this small release (a collection of the songs on their first two EP's they released in the UK, minus two songs from said EP's and plus one b-side) on ferret as an introduction to the US, and while it isn't exactly the most original thing in the world, it shows some potential and it's alot better then most of the stuff that has a similar style to this (see The Used/Story Of The Year/etc.).

While these 7 songs are kind of dated and the band's new material is a big step up this isn't bad by any means, the clean vocals are on key and the chorus's are easy to get into, and the screams aren't bad either. Some things about this release confuse me though, like why they took out 2 of the songs from the originally EP's and added a b-side that is by far the worst song on the album and I now skip automatically (hell, the singer even apologizes for his "Daryl Palumbo impression" in the booklet).

Other then that, it's a solid album, pretty cheap and there are some really great songs on it. If you're into stuff like Thursday, older Glassjaw and the like you should enjoy this, hopefully their recently released full length record can be imported here soon.

Best song: Escape Artists Never Die

 


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Anonymous (April 27, 2004)

People, I really don't give a fuck about your opinions on this band, I like them, who gives a fuck what I listen to anyways, it isn't your life now is it. All this labeling is giving me a fucking headache, so fucking grow up and just stop being immature about everything.

boba_fett (December 21, 2003)

"yeah, i know that boba_fett guy, he's my bassist, i'm the drumma. The $ellouts aren't ska though, they're crappy garage punk. This is a pretty cool album..."

no this is a bad album drumma boy.

Anonymous (December 20, 2003)

This score is for Matt's liner notes. Since when did Matt start thinking he sounded like Daryl Palumbo? Fucking idiot.

I also realised Ferret got the name of the band's second EP wrong, calling it 'Juneau' instead of 'Four Ways To...'. Oh, one more thing, the Funeral album is a piece of shit. Overproduced wank , I say. Should be called 'How To Ruin All Your Great Old Songs For A Mainstream Market'.

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

To the dude insulting bands with death/dieing in their name, uhhh... Dead Kennedys? Dead Milkmen? Dead Boys? And those are just the deads... I'm sure there are tons of other good bands, I just don't feel like thinking right now.

...evildeadalive

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

yeah, i know that boba_fett guy, he's my bassist, i'm the drumma. The $ellouts aren't ska though, they're crappy garage punk. This is a pretty cool album...

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

Ill agree to a certain extent that yes, they are overplayed, i know that much, and yeah - i suppose they are a little over rated. BUT..the reasoning behind this is because all the UK see them as the answer to the US scene - home bred challengers so to speak. The UK is such a small place that anything that does good (ie: the rugby) we all start to love it....mad. but thats cos us brits are twats.

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

Forty, I like the idea of "The Candidates", but make them famous CANDIDATES, not presidents...

I.E.- Dukakis, Hart, Gore and so on...

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 19, 2003)

actually, there was a band called The Sellouts. As you might of guessed, they were ska. But they were also good.

GreenVandal (December 18, 2003)

hahahahahhaa

the candidates...not a bad idea....

FortyMinutesWest (December 18, 2003)

I'm starting a 3 piece called "The Candidates" each member will dress as a former president, Nixon, Lincoln, and Clinton. The first release will be the "I Am Not A Crook" 7"

boba_fett (December 18, 2003)

im starting a band called the sellouts.

Anonymous (December 18, 2003)

Well given they've been rocking around the Welsh Valleys ages before Story Of The Year's album was compiled by record execs in a lab, it's a bit hard for them to be influenced by SOTY.

Anonymous (December 18, 2003)

I'm starting a band called "Fuck You Yankee Bluejeans".

-sickboi

Anonymous (December 18, 2003)

"fuck screamo fuck emo fuck all of that shit and fuck all the bands with any mention of death/dying/dead/ etc. in their name

fuck funeral for a friend

fuck you"

someone is sensitive...

chill;

the fuck;

out.

-thriceequalsgod.

p.s. im starting a band called "killing you"

Anonymous (December 18, 2003)

these guys are supporting iron maiden on their arena tour. punk rock? hmm.

The singer used to do a small fanzine in the UK so they used to have a grasp of DIY. Now it's all about posing and hair dye. Lovely.

some1 (December 18, 2003)

terrible TERRIBLE TERRIBLE AGGGGGGHHH

I think there should be another flood and we can start the world over again

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

Sorry for that last comment...I'm kinda drunk. Heh.

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

Now I know this isn't the best little EP I've ever heard, but it's not bad. I saw the video for their song yesterday at my friends dorm room, and it wasn't half bad. I kinda liked it. The only thing that sucks is all these bands sound the same and wear the same spiked belts, black hair, and all have full sleeves. This whole 'emocore' thing may be a trend, but whatever. It'll pass.

note: I do not hate emo, I just hate bands that sound the EXACT SAME as other bands. i.e. Spitalfield and Fallout Boy. (I know it didn't have anything to do with this post...)

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

the bronx are actully good though

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

This band rules. No story of the year or uses influence here. original. good. rockin. the end.

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

THIS BAND BLOWS. It's a fake release, much like the bronx, ferret jsut needed money for other releases. Now the majors sign a band, and instead of artist development, they push them to indides and ask "who wants to make a buck" lame. muisic is done.

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

"WHAT DO YOU THINK EMO AND SCREAMO HAVE TO DO WITH PUNK HIGH SCHOOL FUCK!

you are so dumb it's retarded. if you seriously can't make the connection you need to kill yourself"

yo, just because emo kids and "punk" kids both wear chuck taylors and go see their favorite bands on the warped tour together doesn't mean that they are the same type of music

punk is (or at least was) a sloppy, angry, agressive music

emo is a much more structured, heartfelt type of music

i like a lot of emo, but it shouldn't be classified as a type of punk...there is nothing rebellious about it

as far as screamo, the second music gets that technical and as so many thursday fans have called it "beautiful" it loses all of its so-called punkness

technical musicianship and the word "beautiful" should never be used with punk rock

inagreendase (December 17, 2003)

"Funeral for a Friend" was the name of an old Elton John song...

Anonymous (December 17, 2003)

these guys are shit. how can anyone like this, especially americans, you already have one poison the well, do you really want another terrible emo metal band?

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

ah juveniles. emo and this "Screamo" thing all come from punk. it's all independent music. call it indie. whatever. but i am going to call the get up kids and thursday punk in a sense. fucking a this site is called punknews. you are dumb. you should know that. in this mctimes we're living in you stupid little interenet hot topic fucks need every thing neatly labeled for digestion as what's cool now. youre dumb. seriously.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

when superman died in the comics years ago (you youngsters wouldn't remember) it was called "funeral for a friend", but i'm sure that is a phrase used many times throughout history, fucking PMFS didn't just come up with it and this band stole it you MORON. consider yourself corrected cos you're wrong.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

WHAT DO YOU THINK EMO AND SCREAMO HAVE TO DO WITH PUNK HIGH SCHOOL FUCK!

you are so dumb it's retarded. if you seriously can't make the connection you need to kill yourself

FashioningKnives (December 16, 2003)

You know what I took this album for what it was and didn't look for anything special or revolutionary and I wound up really liking it..

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

i know i might be overlooking something... but is this band named after that Planes mistaken for stars song?

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

"Yeah fuck screamo. FUCK EMO!! Fuck all punk. Huey Lewis and the News ownz this shit."

what do screamo and emo have to do with punk?

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

Yeah fuck screamo. FUCK EMO!! Fuck all punk. Huey Lewis and the News ownz this shit.

-god
Sports was a damn good ablum.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

Man has this band died fast...

This summer everyone in the uk were cumming over these guys but as soon as the re-recorded version of juneau came out everyone turned their backs on them and later hated the full lenghth.

Then atlantic got ferret to sign them in the states but the bottomline is that they're already fucking dead.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

Everyone in the UK (led by Kerrang) is hopping on this shit like it's the first time it's been done, it's fucking hilarious.

FortyMinutesWest (December 16, 2003)

"You did admit it was good though."

The song I heard was good, and these guys are talented, I just don't think this is anything special.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

fuck screamo fuck emo fuck all of that shit and fuck all the bands with any mention of death/dying/dead/ etc. in their name

fuck funeral for a friend

fuck you

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

I saw these guys on Top of the Pops

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

damned screamo bands...

inagreendase (December 16, 2003)

"I'm still not sold."

You did admit it was good though.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

over-rated.

-mcpike

FortyMinutesWest (December 16, 2003)

I remember back when another one of their releases was reviewed everyone was saying how amazing this band is, I'm still not sold.

inagreendase (December 16, 2003)

The full-length isn't THAT spectacular. It's decently melodic and somewhat radio-friendly rock, not much more.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

first sign a band is bad: they claim glassjaw as an influence.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

i saw these guys back in october and they actually wound up impressing everyone at the venue.
while it's being overdone now, these guys are surprisingly solid and enjoyable.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

i love this band.

Anonymous (December 16, 2003)

i saw this band live and they werent too great. . .the drummer wore a headset mic too..what a weiner.

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