Release Date: Jan 19, 2015
Record label: Distiller
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
It's been a little over 11 years since Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation. Funeral for a Friend have spent a lot of their career trying to shake off their era-defining debut album, which puts a good 90 percent of the UK hardcore scene to shame even today, and for a while the jury was out on whether they'd ever manage it. Welcome Home Armageddon proved that they still had plenty more to offer after their major-label years and the eclecticism of Memory and Humanity, before 2013's Conduit saw them come roaring back into the spotlight with a concentrated burst of energy and passion.
Long-running Welsh post-hardcore/emo band Funeral for a Friend grew out of their screamo roots into more varied expressions of post-hardcore heaviness over their long run, moving away from their angsty beginnings around the time of their fourth album, 2008's Memory & Humanity. In the years that followed, the quartet would go through a series of lineup changes and shifts in style, all the while moving away from their ties with major labels and embracing a more independent approach to releasing music and touring. Seventh album Chapter & Verse was recorded and released with the help of an Internet crowdfunding campaign, and continues the drastic stylistic diversity the band began exploring on 2013's Conduit.
Some albums register on a level that stays with you for decades. For a lifetime, in fact. Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation is one of those for me. I've touted it up here a lot at the 'Org and while the ensuing Funeral For A Friend records attempted to step out of its shadow, only Hours actually made a note.
It’s been a long road for Funeral For A Friend: since emerging at the turn of the millennium they’ve solidified themselves as stalwarts of British post-hardcore. Following up 2013’s ‘Conduit’, the Welsh band are back with ‘Chapter and Verse’ and, after returning to their more aggressive roots with the last record, they’re even more wonderfully rough-around-the-edges this time around. With their most recent offerings, the band were heralded for their return to the melding together of metal and melodic hardcore but it’s on ‘Chapter and Verse’ that that rings most true.