hmv.com reviews... Funeral For A Friend @ Cardiff's CF10
Welsh rock stalwarts Funeral For A Friend rocked Cardiff last night (December 18th) as a special Christmas treat for fans. We were there to review it all...
Funeral For A Friend. The Welsh rockers playing a special homecoming Christmas Show.
At a very wet Cardiff CF10.
Any good supports?
Opening acts Reaper In Sicily and the Bath based power pop group Decade both entertained the early crowds with their solid performances.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Having being moved into the smaller venue actually suited the band. The place was rammed and the pits were ferocious. The sweatiness of the venue along the awful weather outside lead the floor to be very slippy with bodies flying everywhere in the violent pit.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
Songs were mainly comprised off of their first two albums to the delight of their fans as they are still favourites to this day. Opening with 'Bullet Theory' was the perfect way to start for a sing-along in the crowd which went straight into 'Roses For The Dead' which got the audience really bouncing.
Songs like 'Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don't' it really shows off how much depth Funeral really have, as there is just such more going on during it. With the release of their new album Chapter & Verse scheduled for release next January they showcased a pair of new songs from it which are out there to listen to already. The wittily titled 'You've Got A Bad Case Of The Religions' and '1%' already have a dedicated fanbase with the crowd singing along from front to back.
With most of the set being filled with heavy bangers it's refreshing for them to finish on their ballad 'History'. Turning around there doesn't seem to be a single person not singing with their fingers in the air by the time it finishes.
Any good between song banter?
Singer Matt Davies-Kreye commented on the irony of it being a Christmas show and there being nothing different about it whatsoever. There were dedications of Schwarzenegger Christmas films to 'She Drove Me To Daytime Television' and a first; playing the opening couple of songs wearing glasses.
Did they put on much of a show?
The band were set up behind a simple but effect set of lights, but the highlight had to be the fake snow (foam) being released into the crowd at the end.
What was the highlight of the set?
It might be well over a decade old, but 'Juneau' is still a fantastic song which really means a lot to the people here tonight. It is the one where everybody is getting involved with the crowd surfers getting dangerously close to the ceiling and lighting.
Where can I catch them next?
Tonight they play the Cheese & Grain in Frome for another special Christmas show, however they are touring all over the UK early next year in support of their new album Chapter & Verse, which is released on January 19th.