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Friday live: Music junkies.

Byline: Alison Stokes

EMO darlings Funeral For A Friend are on a high after their album, Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation, made its debut at number 12 in the album charts.

The Ponty/Bridgend band must be well chuffed after beating S Club 8, who only managed to scrape an unlucky 13 with their debut album of kiddy-pop.

The quintet has already notched up their second hit single with She Drove Me To Daytime Television and are definitely on a roll. Tonight they play live at the Pop Factory Awards following in the footsteps of those rock gods The Darkness. And tomorrow Kerrang! magazine's newcomers of the year headline the MTV 2 gig at the Barfly. If you haven't seen them live yet, where have you been hibernating?

As you won't get the chance tomorrow - the gig's sold out.

Squeezebox are another Valleys band making the right noises - in Japan.

Cynon Valley's answer to U2 have are to sign a deal with Japanese label King Records, paving the way for a tour of the Far East next year.

The deal's been struck between their Cardiff label, FF Vinyl, who released their debut album, Drowning In Shallow Waters, earlier this year.

It's due for release in Japan next January.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 24, 2003
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