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Astonishingly good debut
on 15 October 2003
My first real experience of Funeral for a Friend was their set at the 2003 T in the Park festival, and I must say I was a little underwhelmed. Most of the songs seemed a little formulaic, based around the Thursday approved formulae of melodic vocal/screaming/big riff/end. Well what can I say - where did it all go right?! This album deserves to stand along with Hundred Reasons' "Ideas Above Our Station" and Hell is for Heroes' "Neon Handshake" as one of the great British emo albums.
The fast paced opener "Rookie of the Year" is a superb start, closely followed by brilliant recent singles "Bullet Theory" and "Juneau"; the latter a masterclass in post-hardcore riffery, the former a menacing yet soaringly melodic track.
After such a storming start, you could expect and forgive a slight dip in quality with the subsequent tracks (for the record, Hundred Reasons were particularly guilty of this). However, Funeral for a Friend only go and pull out the greatest track on the album, "Bend Your Arms to Look Like Wings", a song which is as near perfect as this genre of music can get.
Indeed, the only song which dips below top quality is the rather Funeral-by-numbers "Waking Up", although this may reflect badly due to it following on from the immensely affecting acoustic "Your Revolution is a Joke". And that's not even mentioning the metallic crunch of "Red is the New Black", or the stunning breakdown of "She Drove me to Daytime Television" (great title).
Funeral for a Friend had a lot to live up to, being touted as Kerrang's Best New British Band. And they lived up to it. Oh yes.