Review: Funeral For a Friend, Independent, Sunderland
It’s been 12 years since Funeral For A Friend burst onto the music scene and six albums later they certainly haven’t lost the ability to entertain their fans.
The band made an immediate impact, opening with latest offering Conduit, but it wasn’t until the classic Roses For The Dead that the show really took off.
In many ways the band was unrecognisable from the pop rock days of Oblivion, with that album being omitted from the night’s set list.
However, the crowd could still be seen holding onto every word that lead singer Matthew Davies-Kreye uttered into the microphone and embracing the band’s choice of musical direction.
She Drove Me saw Matthew instructing the audience to start dancing and making “circle pits”, explaining that this is also something he does at gigs and that so long as people “pick other people up” it can be a safe and enjoyable way to move to their music.
After thanking the security guards at the end of the song, the band then moved on to Bullet Theory from their album Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation, provoking the crowd to roar with appreciative ecstasy.
Before long, it was the turn of the classic Streetcar to be blasted out on stage, much to the excitement of the audience, that by now had made its way right up to the barrier.
The crowd suddenly turned into an ecstatic frenzy of dancing and singing; shouting out every backing vocal and being clearly heard over the booming vocals of Davies-Kreye on the stage in front of them.
They left the stage with the crowd screaming for more – a sure-fire sign of a successful gig.