REVIEW: Funeral For A Friend – O2 Forum, Kentish Town, London (21/05/16)

On the 21st May 2016, Funeral For A Friend graced the stage for the very last time. The band had announced a year prior that they would be no more following an aptly named “The last chance to dance” tour. This was to see the album’s Hours and Casually dressed and deep in conversation played in their entirety.

On the second and final night at the Kentish Town forum, the band performed the first album they ever released, 2003’s  Casually dressed and deep in conversation which featured at number 12 in the album charts. It was an incredible and firm fan favourite containing the hits such as “juneau”. The supports acts for the night were Zoax, a London based five piece, alongside Creeper who have previously supported FFAF on the release of their last album “Chapter and verse” UK tour. The southampton horror punks Creeper are definitely a band to look out for. With a very afi/alkaline trio esque sound they are quickly making a name for themselves, recently winning Best British Newcomer at the K! Awards and Golden God awards this week. Although the crowd was hesitant at first, they soon warmed up to the energetic and charming stage presence of vocalist Will Gould, with current fan favourites of VCR and Black Mass.

fdt1From the start to end, the energy and emotion that filled that room is indescribable. Song after song, the crowd sung their lungs out like their lives depended on it. A 15 year career combined into one final night.  This wasn’t just a recap recital of the album, no – this was more. This was a chance for Matt Davies to tell us the true inspiration and meanings behind each song which you don’t read in the magazines, adding to the tugs already pulling on our heart strings. As they sung through hit after hit, it was hard to even hear Matt’s vocals anymore over the crowd. Everyone in that crowd tonight danced and sang as if it was 2003, even more so when the band was joined by former members Darren smith and Ryan Richards on stage for a performance of This Year’s Most Open Heartbreak.

Many fans, including myself began to shed a few tears at watching this band who was the soundtrack to our teenage years come to an end. The once small group who helped kick start the era of welsh bands who stormed the charts with the likes of BFMV and Lostprophets. The closing song for tonight’s show was History, one they’ve ended on many times. But tonight it had a whole new meaning, a song that summed up the entire gig creating an explosion of emotions from not only the crowd, but from the band. Never have I experienced a gig where the crowd managed to bring the front man to tears, but they did. As the lines of “history” came to an end, and the band took their final bows, it was obvious the crowd wasn’t quite ready to let go. For 5 minutes the crowd sang in unison an encore of History, fingers up in salute as they watched their heroes stand in awe of the sheer passion and emotion in the room.fdt3

As sad as it is to see a favourite band go, that final show marked the end of an era in such a positive way. They ended the career on a high note, unlike the case of many bands that just deteriorate away. FFAF tonight made sure that while they may be gone, they’ll never be forgotten.

“Raise your fingers for one last salute and bleed this skyline dry. Your history is mine.” FFAF. 2001-2016 RIP.

Casually Dressed and Deep in Conversation

Setlist May 21st:

Rookie of the Year

Bullet Theory

Juneau

Bend Your Arms to Look Like Wings

Escape Artists Never Die

Storytelling

Moments Forever Faded

She Drove Me to Daytime Television

Red Is the New Black

Your Revolution Is a Joke

Waking Up

Novella

 

Encore:

This Year’s Most Open Heartbreak

(with Darran Smith and Ryan Richards)

Kiss & Make Up (All Bets Are Off)

10 Scene Points to the Winner

You Want Romance?

10:45 Amsterdam Conversations

The Art of American Football

Roses for the Dead

History

Don’t forget to check out the Rebellious Noise review of the night before where FFAF played “Hours” in full here and our interview with them at Breakout Festival 2014.

Issues interview w/Rebellious Noise (25/05/16)

Scott from Rebellious Noise talks to Tyler Carter and Sky Acord of the band Issues before their gig at KOKO in Camden, London. We talk about them breaking genre barriers with a number of projects and ask them which Hip Hop tracks they would like to cover, with a little a cappella preview from Tyler. The boys also discuss who they would have replace them in the band if they couldn’t make the show.

Corey Taylor Announces One-Off UK Solo Show

Corey Taylor has announced details of a one-off UK solo show.

The Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman is set to headline London’s KOKO on May 8 with tickets going on sale at 9am this Friday (April 22) – You can purchase tickets through Live Nation or Ticketmaster.

Talking about the show Corey said: “Everyone’s been asking me when I was going to come back to the UK and do some acoustic stuff- honestly, it’s not because I didn’t want to!! So since I’m going to be there doing some stuff in May, I decided we’d make one happen!! And I cannot WAIT!!”

This is certainly something us at Rebellious Noise have been talking about happening for a while, and to say we’re a tad excited would be an understatement!

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In-Fest 5 photos now online

After a great night at In-Fest 5 with some amazing performances we are happy bring you the pictures from some of those capturing the night. You can find the official album via the Rebellious Noise facebook page here. Photos are from Captured by Corinne and Alastair Hall Photography.

The official RN facebook also shared the following about the event: A big thank you from the RN team to all at came down to In-Fest 5 and (w)reckless last night. We saw great performances from the bands and hen from you on the dance floor! Updates on what’s next soon

We will also be adding exclusive interviews with some of the bands from In-Fest 5 very soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

VIDEO: In-Fest 5 & (w)reckless – Dingwalls, Camden (Tues Sept 8th)

In-Fest 5: Live Bands/Alternative Marketplace/Drink Deals including Pints for £1.75/Double Mixers for £3 and more/Afterparty from (w)reckless. Entry £5, Afterparty £1. Dingwalls, Camden (Tues Sept 8th)
EVENT PAGES
In-Fest 5 event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/729273957218245
(w)reckless event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/861047313987039

TICKETS

In-Fest 5 tickets: http://www.croclife.co.uk/product/in-fest-5-early-bird-ticket
(w)reckless tickets: http://www.croclife.co.uk/product/w-reckless-september-8th-ticket

(w)reckless announced as In-Fest 5 afterparty

It has been announced that (w)reckless will be the club night to host the official In-Fest 5 afterparty.

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The night already contains 6 Live bands including Deadly Circus Fire, In Search of Sun, Eva Plays Dead, Feral Sun, Far From History & Dirt, an ‘Alternative marketplace’, Giveaways and Drinks Deals which will continue into the night through (w)reckless as the drinks remain cheap including Pints of Carling for £1.75 and Double Mixers for £3…Hows that for getting wrecked?

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On top of that the club night will be giving away 4 tickets to the UK’s hottest new festival, Breakout Festival which includes Deaf Havana, We Are The Ocean, Martyr Defiled, TRC, The Qemists & Sikth.

In-Fest 5 tickets can be purchased here for just £5 and (w)reckless tickets here for just £1.

In-Fest 5 line up updated, several other attractions announced

infestweb2The Rebellious Noise super show has had it’s line up updated and it’s looking good! Feral Sun, Far From History, Dirt and Eva Plays Dead will join already announce In Search of Sun and Deadly Circus Fire. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the “early bird” advance price of just £5 here. Also announced is that there will be an “Alternative marketplace” where gig goers can get not only merch from the bands performing but several alternative brands will be in attendance as well. The Rebellious Noise events team have also managed to secure some pretty awesome drink deals too, including pints from £1.75! Check out the official facebook event page here and make sure to click attending and spread the word!

If you havent experienced any of the bands on the line up yet, then you can check out the videos below of some of the bands involved:

Dirt“Bonds”

In Search of Sun “Elevate”

Feral Sun“Breathe”

Deadly Circus Fire“House of Plagues”

Far From History “Ironside”

Eva Plays Dead “Live Again”

Finch interview w/Rebellious Noise (Koko 02/06/15)

Scott from Rebellious Noise chats to Finch. We talk about their reunion, drunk dialing, full album shows and much more. Plenty of laughs and cool insight to the bands career.

Check out the “Queue & A” episode with Finch fans outside the venue, where we put the bands questions to them here and our review of the gig here.

Queue & A with Finch fans – Featuring questions from the band (02/06/15)

QAlogomainRebellious Noise give Finch fans a “Queue & A” outside of the KOKO. We talk about their favourite albums, getting kicked out of hotels, Musical connections plus put the bands questions to them!

Check out our interview with the band here and our review of the gig here.