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Funeral For A Friend Interview

A Conversation with Vocalist Matt Davies

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Funeral For A Friend

Funeral For A Friend

The End Records
Updated February 02, 2013
The Welsh band Funeral For A Friend return with their sixth studio album Conduit. It’s the first with new drummer Pat Lundy, who replaced Ryan Richards. It also finds the band on a new record label. Vocalist Matt Davies fills us in on what’s new with FFAF.

Chad Bowar: You’ve had a lineup change since your last album. What led to drummer Ryan Richards’ departure, and how did you decide on Pat Lundy as his replacement?
Matt Davies: Ryan decided to leave back in late 2011. I'm pretty sure it was because of family commitments and I think his heart wasn't really in it anymore. He had other things going on and it became obvious that it was starting to reflect on the band. We asked Pat to join because of how talented he is and how well we get on with him. He's easygoing, fun to have around and really kicks the rest of us in the ass!

How did the songwriting and recording process for Conduit compare to your previous albums?
It was pretty straightforward. We all share ideas over e-mail and then get into the rehearsal space to work on them to get them into shape. I don't think the process from Conduit changed drastically from what we did on Welcome Home Armageddon. The only significant change was how we recorded the vocals. I really wanted to record how I play live, so we did a bunch of takes all the way through with no stops and went with those. It was a lot more fun and the energy was a lot better.

What will you remember most about the recording of this album?
Probably hearing Pat play the songs, how he reinterpreted the rhythms and his force. He added so much to the attack of the tracks. It was awesome to hear.

You worked with producer Romesh Dodangoda again. What about his style works with the band?
He's really easy going, a lot of fun to work with. He's got some great ideas, but never pushes them on you. He really wants to make sure what he captures is faithful to the band and its sound, which is why we've worked with him on a bunch of our records.

What inspired your lyrics for this album?
Everything and anything, mostly reflecting on being in a band and feeling a connection to the people who share in what we do, come to shows, sing along and scream with us. It's an amazing thing to be a part of and we kind of pay homage to that feeling. It's a love letter to the strangers that share their feelings and emotions with us night after night.

How did you go about creating the album artwork?
It was all down to discovering that our old singer Matthew Evans is a bad ass painter/artist. We saw his work and it really spoke to us and reflected the mood and energy of the record. It was a match made in heaven. (laughs)

How did you decide to sign with Distiller and The End Records?
Simply because both labels allow us to do what we do with no fuss. They respect what we do and what we've done as a band and let us be ourselves, which is how we like things to be. So we feel very fortunate to have their support.

What are your expectations for the album?
To be honest I don't have any. I'm just happy that we made it and they it's coming out so we can get on tour and gain new experiences.

How were the video shoots for “Best Friends” and “Hospital Beds and The Distance”?
They were great, both are very different and have their unique qualities. “The Distance” video was a lot of fun because we got to inject aspects of our characters in it and not take it too seriously, which is a nice change. We have another video coming out in a few months which will be different again. That one is a personal favorite of mine, so I'm excited for people to see that.

You have a lot of European tour dates scheduled for this year. Any chance of a North American tour sometime in 2013?
We're hopeful. It has been a challenge for us over the last few years as there have been no offers or anything for us to come over, so we're really hoping that will change with this record. We have a lot of friends over there and we love the country a lot so it would be nice to visit again. Fingers crossed.

What’s currently in heavy rotation in your MP3 player?
Heiress - Early Frost, Verse - Bitter Clarity, Uncommon Grace, Touche Amore/Pianos Become The Teeth - Split single.

Anything else you’d like to mention or promote?
Thanks to everyone who continues to support us. It means a lot.

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