Welsh rock has something of a pedigree and Funeral for a Friend are as fine an ambassador as you'll find. Formed in Bridgend in 2001, Funeral for a Friend were apparently named after a song by post-hardcore US rockers, Planes Mistaken for Stars.
It is also the name of a track by Elton John so it remains a possibility that the world's premier lounge bar pianist inspired the Planes track and thus the moniker of South Wales' top screamo outfit. Stranger things have happened, often involving Elton John.
Funeral for a Friend have released five studio albums; the first two of which went gold in the UK and the third, 2007's 'Tales Don't Tell Themselves', made the UK top five. The most recent, 'Welcome Home Armageddon', was released in March 2011 and was carried by a lengthy spring tour, most of which sold out. Latest single 'Broken Foundation' has just been released - check the video, above.
And, with more summer dates to play, they've announced another clutch of dates for the autumn. Funeral For A Friend are playing Birmingham Academy on 16th July, a DJ set at Live Fest 2011 at the O2 on 23rd July, Devon Rox 2011 at Powderham Castle on 7th August and then The Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh on 3rd September. Check the links below for availability.
The new dates see Funeral for a Friend in Wolverhampton on 23rd September, then Newcastle, Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol, before the final date at the Roundhouse in Camden on 30th September. Support comes from LA's Escape the Fate, Australian rockers The Amity Affliction and New York's The Bunny The Bear.
Tickets are on sale at 9AM on Friday 17th June, prices starting at £16.50.