Funeral For a Friend, album news, free mp3 downoad and UK tour dates

funeral for a friend-welcome home armageddon
funeral for a friend-welcome home armageddon

“A fist in the face followed by a kiss on the cheek”

That’s how vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye describes the latest album from his band Funeral For a Friend, their fifth studio effort Welcome Home Armageddon, which is released on March 14th.

The album is produced by previous collaborator Romesh Dogangoda, an inspired choice, as with the band he has managed to present the new tracks as true to their live shows as possible on a collection designed to send a shiver down the spine of fans when they first hear it.

Embracing their trade mark mix of raw heaviness and pure melody fans of Funeral of a Friend are unlikely to be disappointed with Welcome Home Armageddon, but expect some twist and turns on this latest offering as the band develop and hone their song writing skills and incorporate a multitude of different musical elements, hitherto unheard of on previous offerings.

The heavier vocals take an integral role on several of the tracks. Drummer / vocalist Ryan Richards commented on his contribution to Front Row Seats To The End of The World – “It was a lot of fun for me to do a lead vocal again on a track, as it’s probably something I’ve not done since way back on the first record.”

Funeral For A Friend have made the track Front Seats To The End Of The World available as free download as a taster to fans of what to expect on the new album.

You can watch the video of Front Seats… here

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IQWqhQHkwc

From the fast, punky feeling of Old Hymns, through the seven-string guitar led riff spectacular Aftertaste and the even more riff-heavy Spinnin’, FFAF have crafted an album of potential classics with each track as exciting and unpredictable as the one before it.

Anthemic songs with killer melodies such as album closer Welcome Home Armageddon and Sixteen, which actually started life as an acoustic number, amply demonstrate the diversity of both the material and the band.

The apocalyptic sway in the title track of the album Welcome Home Armageddon is explained by vocalist Matt Davies-Kreye:

“A friend of mine was mentioning how he felt that the best thing for the planet was for the human race to just drop dead and at times I can see and understand his way of thinking but a big part of me has this (probably) misguided faith in humanity to kind of steer the ship in the right direction for a change. So ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ is the idea of patiently waiting for the end to arrive at your doorstep and give you a nice big hug.”

The band will also hit the road in March / April next year with a string of dates at intimate venues, some of which are in towns they’ve never actually played before. The extensive run of dates has been purposefully plotted to traverse through those venues which both longtime fans and those who have discovered FFAF in recent years will appreciate for their up-close-and-personal feel. Support on these dates will come from fast rising British band Rise To Remain. The tour has now been expanded due to high demand.

Funeral For a Friend UK Tour Dates:

Wed 16 Mar       Aberystwyth      Arts Centre

Thu 17 Mar         Buckley                Tivoli

Fri 18 Mar            Penrith                 Leisure Centre

Sat 19 Mar           Edinburgh           Bongo Club

Sun 20 Mar         Glasgow               King Tuts

Tue 22 Mar         Bury St Edmonds              Apex

Wed 23 Mar       Birmingham        Academy 2

Thu 24 Mar         Manchester       Academy 3

Fri 25 Mar            London                 Relentless Garage

Sun 27 Mar         Liverpool             02 Academy

Mon 28 Mar       Stoke                    Sugarmill

Tue 29 Mar         Wakefield           Black Flag

Wed 30 Mar       Durham                Live Lounge

Fri 01 Apr             Poole                    Chords

Sat 02 Apr            Saltash                  Livewire

Sun 03 Apr          Wycombe           Academy

Mon 05 Apr        Brighton               Concorde 2

Tue 06 Apr          Coventry             Kasbah

Thu 07 Apr          Gloucester          Guildhall

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Gay For Johnny Depp Valentines Day album – ‘What Doesn’t Kill You, Will Eventually Kill You’

Gay For johnny Depp album cover
Gay For johnny Depp album cover

Brooklyn based hardcore punkers Gay For Johhny Depp have announced their second album What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You will be released through Shinebox Recordings on February 14th, accompanied by a UK promotion tour.

In something of a Valentines Day massacre of the braincells, the release brims with electro fury and has been described as an update on the fierce GFJD sound, being ‘faster,meaner, rawer, leaner’ than previously.

When asked for comment on the sound of the new album, the band replied in typically snide fashion: “The record is the sound of children being thrown from a carney carousel. A caffeinated, incorporated cog in the machinery…naked aggressive, nightly news-ish and stress related.  Album of the Year (1989).”

Gay For Johnny Depp will assault the ear drums on a headline tour with The Computers throughout February and March, catch them at the following dates;

February
15th –Bristol, The Croft
16th –Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
17th – Northampton, Roadmender3
18th –Derby, The Old Bell Hotel
19th – Manchester, Roadhouse 2
20th – Leeds, Cockpit 3
21st – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
22nd – Sheffield, Corporation Small Room
23rd – Birmingham, The Flapper
24th – Exeter, The Cavern
25th – Reading,  Face Bar
26th – Brighton (Matinee), Club Revenge
26th – Harlow,    The Square
27th – Margate, Westcoast Bar
28th – Tunbridge Wells, The Forum

March
1st – London, The Barfly
2nd – Guildford, The Boileroom

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The Dillinger Escape Plan@Southampton Uni Garden Court 27/10/10 Live review

New Jersey’s math-rock/free jazz noise fest The Dillinger Escape Plan released their latest album Option Paralysis earlier this year to critical acclaim and this week they arrived in the UK for their first headline tour in years.

With support on the tour coming from Rolo Tomassi, The Dillinger Escape Plan kicked off the tour with a date at the Garden Court at Southampton University on Wednesday October 27th, our Buzzin Music reviewer was there to catch the band on their opening night.

dillinger escape plan southampton 27/10/10
dillinger escape plan southampton 27/10/10

The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Southampton University Garden Court on 27/10/10.

The Dillinger Escape Plan may be a band created by a group of oldies, but they sure proved that they can still rock’n’roll! The energy they possessed whilst onstage was incredible!

I’m still shocked at how outstandingly well they performed. With all of them but the drummer, climbing on the speakers and jumping around, they even decided to get into the crowd!

I’d never seen or heard Dillinger Escape Plan’s music, but I loved the gig they put on. The music was like distorted metal, it was crazy and unique, I don’t really know how to describe it, but if you’re a fan of the Enter Shikari’s old stuff and heavy-ish bands, then check them out, you shouldn’t be disappointed.

The audience loved every second that Dillinger played, there were people of all ages there (mainly above 18 though) but regardless of age they still got involved in the crowd surf and mosh, the energy in that place was immense!

I think The Ocean were a perfect support, they got the crowd going and I liked the music, the only downside was that there was so much smoke on the stage I couldn’t see them!

But I thought Rolo Tomassi were a poor choice, not many people really got into them; I think the music was great; I love bands with a bit of techno/electro influence, but vocally… Nope! Didn’t do it for me, I couldn’t hear anything Eva Smith was screaming (she sang in screamo!) and when she actually sang you couldn’t hear her over the music.

The venue was a good choice; it had good sound quality and great lighting! Although at times the lights were a bit too bright! People also had space to move about and it had a bar! The only downfall I can think of is they need some air conditioning in there! It was stupidly hot in there! I was just taking pictures and was sweating, haha!

Overall a fantastic night, I would recommend checking out The Dillinger Escape Plan on their current UK tour if you get the chance.

You can see the band at the following UK venues;

28-Oct UK Brimingham Academy2
29-Oct UK Glasgow Garage
30-Oct UK Manchester Club Academy
01-Nov UK Nottingham Rescue Rooms
02-Nov UK Bristol Academy
03-Nov UK Norwich Waterfront
04-Nov UK Brighton Concorde2
05-Nov UK London Electric Ballroom
06-Nov UK Leeds Damnation Festival

Far return with new album and Jonah Matranga live UK dates

Far - At Night We Live - cover

As a result of the success of the band’s limited release cover of hip hop artist Ginuwine’s Pony, post hardcore legends Far were tempted back into the studio to record their first new material since 1998’s Water & Solutions.

While Pony may have started as a bit of fun between friends, huge unexpected radio exposure ensured the success of the single with over 4 million plays on the Far MySpace site.

Buoyed and surprised by the amazing success of the single, Far arrived at The Airport Studio ready to make their fifth studio album At Night We Live.

It was produced by guitarist Shaun Lopez whom during the band’s hiatus has recorded albums for Will Haven, Giant Drag and friends the Deftones (the title track of ‘At Night We Live’ was written for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng).

The band’s melodic appeal and classic song writing has lived on to inspire an entire scene. Far are increasingly cited as an influence by bands such as Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Eat World, Hundred Reasons, Funeral For A Friend and Thursday to name but a few.

At Night We Live will not disappoint existing Far fans who have been patiently waiting for the band to produce some new music, equally the album will without doubt introduce the band to a whole new audience with its easily accessible heavy indie rock feel.

Deafening is the first single to be taken from the new album, listen to it here:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVHtawTPgyI&feature=related

At Night We Live by Far is available now through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Far guitarist and singer Jonah Matranga is currently in the UK half way through several scheduled solo live dates. The frontman released his first solo record under his own name in 2007, simply titled AND. Catch him at the following venues:

8th Manchester – Ruby Lounge
9th Cardiff Barfly
10th London Barfly
11th Tunbridge Wells, The Forum

Albums, singles & gigs from Xtra Mile artists

Xtra Mile recording artists Far and Chris T-T are among the many acts out on the road during May, news of stable mates The Xcerts, Crazy Arm, Straight Lines and Fighting Fiction was included in our post last week.

At Night We Live, new album from Far
Post hardcore legends Far are about to release their first original material since 1998’s Water & Solutions, the new album At Night We Live is available from May 24th and will be preceded by the single Deafening a week earlier.

Far have provided inspiration and influence for an array of recent band’s including Biffy Clyro, Jimmy Eat World, Hundred Reasons, Funeral For A Friend and Thursday.

Most recently Far put out a low key limited edition single Pony, originally by American hip hop artist Ginuwine. What started as a bit of fun between friends, ended up with the track getting huge and unexpected radio airplay and over 4 million hits on the bands MySpace page.

Far’s fifth studio album was recorded at The Airport Studio. It was produced by guitarist Shaun Lopez whom during the band’s hiatus has recorded albums for Will Haven, Giant Drag and friends the Deftones (the title track of ‘At Night We Live’ was written for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng).

Track listing of ‘At Night We Live’:
1. Deafening
2. If You Cared Enough
3. When I Could See
4. Give Me A Reason
5. Dear Enemy
6. Fight Song #16,233,241
7. At Night We Live
8. Burns
9. Better Surrender
10. Are You Sure?
11. The Ghost That Kept On Haunting

Far – Pony

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCabbRjkmmM&feature=related

Chris T-T Spring & Summer Festivals
Following the release of his stunning seventh studio album Love Is Not Rescue in March, Chris T-T heads out on tour this Spring taking in a few festivals over the summer months.

Playing piano, electric and acoustic guitar (although not all at the same time) Chris will play throughout the UK plus support friend and label mate Frank Turner on a couple of shows in Ireland. He’s also confirmed for a slot at Blissfields and 2000trees Festivals in July.

Full list of gigs are:
MAY

8 The Alchemists Ball www.kebleball.com
9 Oxford People & Planet Fundraiser, James Street Tavern
11 Bury Fringe Festival 2010
13 Leeds, The Well
14 York, Fibbers
21 Bristol, The Tunnels
28 Belfast, Mandela Hall
29 Dublin, Academy 2
30 Uncivilisation Festival 2010

JUNE
9 Milton Keynes The Cannon, Newport Pagnell

JULY
2 Blissfields Festival 2010
16 2000Trees Festival 2010

In a change of direction from 2008’s rockier, heavier ‘Capital’ (the final part to his acclaimed London Trilogy), with Love Is Not Rescue, Chris focuses more on personal themes of career choices, love and the complexities of relationships rather than overt political discord. Stripping back his sound and laying bare private lyrics over delicate melodies, “British pop’s street-poet laureate and unsung genius” (The Sunday Times) has produced a beautifully introspective and pensive album.

Chris T-T is a unique talent; a renowned and revered master of songwriting and lyrical genius with a career spanning over a decade. His satirical, wry and witty portrayal of the world around him has earned him critical and underground success so far – and with Love Is Not Rescue, the rest of the world is sure to wake up to this national musical treasure.

For more information on these artists visit the Xtra Mile website.