Friend reunited; Coming soon: Funeral For A Friend.
One of Britain's best loved and most enduring rock bands of recent memory, the five-piece (pictured right) have announced the UK tour to coincide with the release of the best of Your History Is Mine: 2002-2009 on September 28.
The album is a career retrospective from the early days of their formation in south Wales South Wales south n → sud m du Pays de Galles , through to gold albums, multiple worldwide headline tours and appearances at every festival that matters.
The release will include four brand new songs, notable for being the first involving new bassist Gavin Burrough fully in the writing and recording process.
"It's made a huge difference having Gav come into the band as a fan, and almost like a spokesman for all the fans out there who've been wanting to hear elements of the band they fell in love with that maybe have been missing for a while," says drummer/vocalist Ryan Richards.
"It's been hard," adds singer Matthew Davies Matthew Davies (born May 4, 1981 in Southampton) is a British figure skater. He competed in men's singles and won the gold medal at the British Ice Figure and Dance Championships in 2001, and again in 2003. , "whittling Whittling is the art of carving shapes out of raw wood with a knife.
Whittling is typically performed with a light, small-bladed knife, usually a pocket knife. Specialised whittling knives are available as well. down the best of four albums and a bunch of EPs to come up with what we consider to be the best of our 'formative years'.
"We're still trying to rewrite the rock and roll music text book with everything we've done since then."
A quick scan through the tracklisting for the record confirms that picking songs for inclusion has been no easy task.
Moreover, it reaffirms the weighty contribution the band has made to the post-millennial British rock British rock and roll, or British rock, was born out of the influence of rock and roll and rhythm and blues from the United States, but added a new drive and urgency, exporting the music back and widening the audience for black R & B in the U.S. scene.
Classic fan favourite tracks like 10.45 Amsterdam Conversations and Red Is The New Black sit comfortably alongside the anthemic Juneau and the inspiring Roses For The Dead as well as firm live favourites Streetcar and Into Oblivion.
"It'll be quite a nice change to go out on tour and not have to concentrate on representing our latest album, instead putting together a set that represents all our best material from day one until now," says Ryan.
"The most exciting thing for us, though, is getting out and playing brand new stuff for the first time.
"It'll be a nice trip down memory lane, as well as a peek into the future of the FFAF FFAF Funeral for A Friend (band)
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FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND: Empire, Middlesbrough Tuesday, October 20