Tuesday 13th January 2015
1. Stand By Me For The Millionth Time
2. You’ve Got A Bad Case of the Religions
3. Pencil Pusher
4. You Should Be Ashamed Of Yourself
6. After All These Years… Like A Lightbulb Going Off In My Head
7. Modern Excuse Of A Man
11. The Jade Tree Years Were My Best
Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend have long claimed their stake within the post-hardcore music scene over the past 14 years, and they are back packing a gritty punch in the form of their 7th studio album ‘Chapter and Verse’. This album has the clarity of a band that have very much grown with their experiences, and is well founded in their compelling and political lyrical content.
Since the announcement of their debut lead single ‘You’ve Got a Bad Case of the Religions’ during Daniel P Carters rock show on BBC Radio1, it’s been anticipating to see exactly where this album was going to be heading. Vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye was quoted saying, “never trust something you can’t see with your own eyes.”
Soon after came the release of their first music video for the album with their hit ‘1%’, a track that incorporates issues surrounding money and the financial crisis. Whilst being hard-hitting, it was a clear turn from what we’ve heard recently from the band. It does have to be said from the outset though that this is evidently the strongest track on the album, and has been commented by many fans as having that sound they’ve been missing since earlier albums.
If you haven’t heard any of the releases from the album before giving it a spin, the first track ‘Stand By Me for the Millionth Time’ might leave you a little confused. Honestly, the whole thing sounds like one big mess, almost like an unfinished sample.
Don’t let that be a marker for the rest of the album though as there are plenty of tracks that are a constant reminder of those post-hardcore, anthemic, and pulse raising hits, that will always remind us of the years these guys blew up our speakers as they entered the world of mainstream. ‘Pencil Pusher’, and ‘Inequality’ are two that are instantly up there, whilst ‘You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself’ is easily another contender and features a sample of Hillary Clinton’s speech about women’s rights.
‘Brother’ is the shortest track, being less than 2 minutes in length but adds a much needed breather to the album, before heading back out on a hectic note with ‘Donny’.
With its indignant lyrics and vigorous guitars and drumming, this is certainly their angriest album yet. However, it’s a positive step forward for a band that continues to show diversity in their music. The album isn’t ground breaking, but continues to satisfy their stronghold fan base whilst showing that there’s still much more on offer.