Funeral for a Friend vocalist leaves

2023-12-05 by Kurai | 61 Comments
Welsh Post Hardcore veterans Funeral for a Friend have announced the departure of their longtime vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye, who had been singing for the band since their formation in 2001.

Alongside this announcement, the remaining remembers of the band have announced that they plan to write music again for the first time since 2015's Chapter and Verse. Their planned appearance at Slam Dunk Festival 2024 will go ahead with Holding Absence singer Lucas Woodland filling in for Davies in lead vocals.

Funeral for a Friend previously disbanded in 2016 following a farewell tour, but got back together in 2019 for some benefit shows following the terminal prognosis of their friend Stuart Brothers. This was followed by two tours in 2022 and 2023, the latter of which being a 20th anniversary celebration of their debut album Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation.

The band's statement and Matt's farewell can be read below:

"Hey folks,

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that after 20+ years, our singer and brother Matthew Davies-Kreye has decided to move on to pastures new going forward, and leaves with all our love, respect and gratitude.

While Matt moves on, the rest of us have come out of our recent ’20 Years Casually Dressed’ anniversary tour with a renewed spark and desire to create new music together, for the first time in this lineup for many years. We’ll keep you updated on that in due course, but suffice it to say that we wouldn’t be entertaining new music if we didn’t feel the material we’re currently writing would hold up to the legacy of what we created back in the day. We hope you agree with us on that, and look forward to sharing with you next year.

As far as Slam Dunk Festival next May, we’re very pleased to share that we’ll be joined on vocals for those shows by our excellent Welsh brother Lucas Woodland, of the wonderful Holding Absence. We’re honoured that he’s lending us his immense talents for the weekend, and know that he’ll do Matty proud. We’re stoked for what will be an incredibly exciting and unique couple of performances that weekend.

We’ll keep in touch with you all between now and then, but for now we’ll sign off with a final word from Matt. Please join us in raising our fingers for one last salute."

Matthew Davies-Kreye:

"I never thought, after we called it a day back in 2016, that I would get the chance to revisit Funeral for a Friend let alone the way we did with Darran and Ryan back onboard.
Given the emotionally challenging circumstances around us coming back together to play the benefit show for Big Stu in 2019, I was so happy to see just how much love there still was for our music. Fast forward a few years and coming out the other side of a global pandemic, we have completed two of the bands largest UK tours ever (thanks in no small part to the sheer love of our fans) which is pretty mind blowing.

After the joy, fun and success of the last two tours Kris, Darran, Ryan, Gavin and Rich are eager to play more shows and explore what the band can still do creatively and I’m sure with what they have in mind their endeavours will push the band to new highs.

For me though, this is a road that I can’t walk down. I absolutely love everyone in FFAF, I love our fans and I loved these last shows we played but my life has moved on in so many ways since we first said goodbye back in 2016 that I can’t see myself being in an active band again.
So here we are, I wish Kris, Darran, Ryan, Gav and Rich all the luck and success in the world and I know they’ll be doing an incredible job and giving it everything they’ve got as always. To all of you, I can’t thank you enough for your support over the years and I can’t wait to hear you all singing along to the bands songs for many more years to come.

Take care of each other and, as always, much love.

Matt x"

https://www.facebook.com/funeralforafriend/

Tagged: Funeral for a Friend

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bellovddd
December 5th 2023
5179 Comments


Well thats the end of funeral. please don't release any new music, you'll go the way of Atreyu if you do.

gravityswitch
December 5th 2023
1835 Comments


yeah I can't see FFAF without Matthew

twlight
December 5th 2023
8613 Comments


Damn, yeah can’t imagine the band without him. Welcome home Armageddon was amazing so would love to see them release something with the original lineup. Anyways, thanks for the amazing music over the years!

Pikazilla
December 5th 2023
28994 Comments


I remember in 2007, one of my mates posted on their myspace wall how hard tales sucked, to which Matt replied, 'I don't see you playing in a rock band'

bellovddd
December 5th 2023
5179 Comments


'I don't see you playing in a rock band'

Fuck ye Matt lol

onionbubs
December 5th 2023
19863 Comments


if gavin takes over im on board but yeah matt was a lot of their appeal for me. dont blame him at all but cant say im terribly stoked for new stuff without him

SomeCallMeTim
December 5th 2023
3759 Comments


tales was dope

didn't even realize they were still together since their couple of reunion shows, thought they were just one-offs

Kurai
December 5th 2023
429 Comments


I'd be game if they continued in the more Hardcore influenced vein of their last few albums, but as I feel Matt was the one pushing for that sound and that they haven’t really touched anything post Tales since reuniting, I feel that’s unlikely sadly.

New stuff will probably be Casually Dressed/Hours nostalgia and if I wanted to listen to that, I’d just put Casually Dressed and Hours on again.

JayEnder
December 5th 2023
19135 Comments


Love this band but they haven't released anything interesting since Armageddon so I can understand Matt wanting to move on to greener pastures

They could never come close to Casually Dressed or Hours ever again anyways so it's best to call it a day

onionbubs
December 5th 2023
19863 Comments


everything theyve ever done tops hours lol

a new record picking off from where they left off woulda ripped. last two albums were smth special

JayEnder
December 5th 2023
19135 Comments


Bad take

onionbubs
December 5th 2023
19863 Comments


maybe if you dont like your bands growing up and finding their own voice outside of stock scene tropes but that album is faceless outside of like four songs

Pikazilla
December 5th 2023
28994 Comments


all their stuff rules except c&v

bellovddd
December 5th 2023
5179 Comments


band has always been consistently good and actually grew and changed for the better.

Kurai
December 5th 2023
429 Comments


I’d say Tales and M&H are their weakest albums. They’re not terrible, but they just seem to lack a bite.

Pikazilla
December 5th 2023
28994 Comments


m&h's softer songs are def really bad yeah

nash1311
December 5th 2023
7726 Comments


“didn't even realize they were still together” [2]

nash1311
December 5th 2023
7726 Comments


“everything theyve ever done tops hours”

Lol

tinathefatlard
December 5th 2023
2046 Comments


Archers in your arches

Raise your fingers for the last salute

And bleed this skyline dry

Your history is mine

bellovddd
December 5th 2023
5179 Comments


bring back the drummer and have no cleans. the only way forward

notagenius
December 5th 2023
1258 Comments


I no longer believe in bands breaking up or members leaving.

I already saddened when they disbanded in 2016. Do what you want and if you come back, I'll be there. It's the only thing I can do as a fan.

They had an EP a long time ago I cannot recall anymore that had a song in it called THE ART OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL, that was one of my favourite songs that year. my earliest memories of them.


Kurai
December 5th 2023
429 Comments


“bring back the drummer and have no cleans. the only way forward“

That drummer (Ryan) rejoined the band for their reunion shows in 2019 and he’s been with them ever since.



AlexanderScotch
December 5th 2023
24 Comments


Had high hopes for one more album with Matt after they reunited. Honourable thing to do would be to retire the band

bellovddd
December 5th 2023
5179 Comments


That drummer (Ryan) rejoined the band for their reunion shows in 2019 and he’s been with them ever since


make him the frontman and just go full metalcore.


Butkuiss
December 5th 2023
6538 Comments


Article is way too long for a band I didn’t even realise still existed post-2010

sspedding
December 5th 2023
5673 Comments


No more albums please

notagenius
December 5th 2023
1258 Comments


"make him the frontman and just go full metalcore."

no fucking way. Screamoooooo revival

bellovddd
December 5th 2023
5179 Comments


no fucking way. Screamoooooo revival


EVEN BETTER

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2023
47485 Comments


full album of the Your History is Mine songs or bust

Kurai
December 6th 2023
429 Comments


“Article is way too long for a band I didn’t even realise still existed post-2010”

I’ll tell the band to write a significantly shorter statement next time.

boeoz
December 6th 2023
57 Comments


This is bittersweet for me. Matt is a legendary post-hardcore vocalist, and it's hard to imagine the band without him. His lyrics and melodies were such a big part of the band's identity and sound.

On the other hand, his voice had completely gone. I dunno if anyone saw the footage of them performing at Hurricane Fest in Germany recently (check YouTube) but it was a tough watch. The remaining members are all phenomenal musicians, and I think they're self-aware enough to not just try and ape the Casually Dressed sound in 2023. They've been constantly evolving since then, so I really doubt they'd just go full nostalgia bait.

Definitely looking forward to hearing whatever they put out. Also, Lucas from Holding Absence is an insane vocalist and a great fit for Funeral. Got me considering buying a Slam Dunk ticket now. I think there's basically 0% chance that they convince him to leave Holding Absence long term, as that seems like a band that's going places, but I wouldn't be mad if they somehow did.

LightAndGlass
December 6th 2023
1042 Comments


"They had an EP a long time ago I cannot recall anymore that had a song in it called THE ART OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL, that was one of my favourite songs that year. my earliest memories of them."

That release was Seven Ways to Scream Your Name (or Between Order and Model if you're super OG) and it's my favorite release of theirs. I listened to the fuck out of that EP for years in middle and high school.

Really sad to see Matt leave because that feels like the end of an era for me. I can't imagine FFAF without his vocals.

LoLifant
December 6th 2023
1571 Comments


I saw them on what I thought was the last concert for their then already deceased friend but after that they just kept touring lol so the shocking part of that announcement isn‘t Matt leaving but the fact they want to continue and write new stuff. Very skeptical about that to be honest. Although Woodland is a fantastic vocalist so we‘ll see. Maybe another band name would have been more fitting, dunno.

Storm In A Teacup
December 6th 2023
45253 Comments


That voice IS Funeral For A Friend.

tinathefatlard
December 6th 2023
2046 Comments


“On the other hand, his voice had completely gone. I dunno if anyone saw the footage of them performing at Hurricane Fest in Germany recently (check YouTube) but it was a tough watch.“

It’s like he was sick with a cold or something. I hope that was the case and not his vocals being shot.

boeoz
December 6th 2023
57 Comments


"It’s like he was sick with a cold or something. I hope that was the case and not his vocals being shot.
"

Nah. His vocals had been on a downward spiral for a long time. This wasn't a one-off occurrence, just the worst example in recent times. Ever since he switched to the more aggressive style in Conduit, his voice just became shot.

There's a video of them doing 1% live in studio and his voice is pretty rough there, but yeah, just watch any live show from the last couple of years and it's not great.

notagenius
December 6th 2023
1258 Comments


Upcoming New Year's wishes, those emo legends will never leave and we'll be young forever

Kurai
December 6th 2023
429 Comments


“It’s like he was sick with a cold or something. I hope that was the case and not his vocals being shot.”

I have seen them live a few times and he’s always been great at those shows (most recently the London date of the Casually Dressed show which ended up being his last show).

OverSlyZed91
December 7th 2023
338 Comments


They won't release new music so who cares.

Kurai
December 7th 2023
429 Comments


They’ve said they are, but we'll see if something actually comes of that.

I’ve also been reminded that there was one show around 2004 where Matt couldn't play due to an abscess. As a result, Adam Lazzara from Taking Back Sunday (who they were touring with at the time) filled on lead vocals.

Nomos2
December 7th 2023
1862 Comments


dang, end of an era

AmericnZero02
December 8th 2023
3840 Comments


Wow. Matt leaves FFAF and Stephen goes on indefinite hiatus from touring with Anberlin. Wow, what an end of an era. Those two bands were huge to me in high school and college and really ever since. Lucas sounds like a perfect replacement. I'm looking forward to hearing footage of FFAF with him singing.

Nomos2
December 8th 2023
1862 Comments


I thought about Anberlin too. Both such huge bands in my musical journey as a young person.

SomeCallMeTim
December 8th 2023
3759 Comments


maybe they'll swap bands

Fearlessflyer1986
December 11th 2023
212 Comments


Always held hope they would come back to the states, but grateful I was able to see them live twice in my lifetime. If new material does indeed drop, of course I will give it a chance... But I cannot see it being successful with Matt not being a part of it.

If I had to rank:

Casually Dressed
Welcome Home Armageddon
Conduit
Hours
Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Chapter and Verse
Memory and Humanity

Kurai
December 12th 2023
429 Comments


Interesting ranking, although for me it would be:

Hours
Casually Dressed
Welcome Home Armageddon
Chapter & Verse
Conduit
Memory & Humanity
Tales Don't Tell Themselves

AmericnZero02
January 5th 2024
3840 Comments


Man, not a lot of love for Memory & Humanity. That song has some filler for sure, but there are some bangers there for sure. My ranking is

Hours
Casually Dressed
Memory & Humanity
Welcome Home
Tales
and I didn't listen to the last two enough to rank em properly

onionbubs
January 5th 2024
19863 Comments


casually dressed
chapter and verse
conduit
memory and humanity
tales
welcome home armageddon
hours

*drops grenade leaves room*

bellovddd
January 6th 2024
5179 Comments


Hours last. I C

onionbubs
January 6th 2024
19863 Comments


its got like four songs i like at least

SomeCallMeTim
January 6th 2024
3759 Comments


Hours (hell yeah AmericnZero)
Welcome Home Armageddon
Tales Don't Tell Themselves
Casually Dressed
Conduit
Memory and Humanity

Can't say I've ever listened to Chapter n Verse

LightAndGlass
January 6th 2024
1042 Comments


There's a distinct lack of their first EP(s) in your rankings. That's easily top 2 or 3 for me. Juneau with skramz is top tier.

JayEnder
January 7th 2024
19135 Comments


Casually Dressed
Hours
Armageddon
who cares

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2024
47485 Comments


bubs nailed it, I would maybe swap Mems for Conduit but that's it. must be a miserable life not fucking with Chapter and Verse, couldn't be me

on the topic of EPs if the 4 new songs from Your History were a standalone release that'd be #1

Sinternet
January 7th 2024
26511 Comments


bubs literally has the worst ranking of anyone itt

"Hours
Casually Dressed
Welcome Home Armageddon
Chapter & Verse
Conduit
Memory & Humanity
Tales Don't Tell Themselves"

swap first two and this is correct

maybe swap chapter and conduit too

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2024
47485 Comments


hours is mid

Sinternet
January 7th 2024
26511 Comments


5.0 classic
blink-182 Blink-182

onionbubs
January 7th 2024
19863 Comments


oh yeah the your history is mine songs are all amazing

if memory was like 2 songs shorter itd probably be in my top 3. album is hooks galore and a bunch of my favorite songs theyve done are on that

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2024
47485 Comments


lol ya cut the closer and Someday the Fire and it's golden

album is hook city

Storm In A Teacup
January 7th 2024
45253 Comments


Is it appropriate now to start a ffaf cover band

Storm In A Teacup
January 7th 2024
45253 Comments


Im not a great singer but i could front a posthardcore cover band.



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