Published Sep 14, 2015It took about 15 years for the self-fulfilling prophecy to be realized, but the members of grimly named UK post-hardcore outfit Funeral for a Friend have announced to the faithful that they're about to put the project to rest.
The news came directly from the Welsh band over Facebook, where they explained to "friends, fans and anyone who has ever given a shit about us" that they're calling it quits.
"We've had an amazing ride, met an insane amount of people, toured countries we'd never even dreamed we'd get to see and made music together that in some crazy way has been responsible for taking us on that ride for well over a decade," the band wrote.
The exact reasoning behind the split wasn't revealed, but the group's collective statement did note "all good things must end and we've come to the end of the line."
Don't go ringing the requiem bell just yet, though, as Funeral for a Friend will be undertaking one last tour before they say goodbye for good. Their "Last Chance to Dance" tour takes them through Australia and parts of Europe between February and April of next year. The dates roll out as a series of two-night stands, with the act performing their 2005 major label effort Hours album in full one night and 2003 debut disc Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation the next night.
You'll find the full schedule over here, and you can read their full statement below.
All told, Funeral for a Friend issued seven full-length albums over the course of their career, the last of which being 2015's Chapter and Verse.
Dear friends, fans and anyone who has ever given a shit about us and our band over the past fifteen years.
It's never easy putting into words the feeling you have for something that in many ways is intangible. We've written this over and over and sometimes it feel like we're missing something. But this needs to be written regardless so here goes.
Today we announce the end of Funeral for a Friend. Yes, the end. We've had an amazing ride, met an insane amount of people, toured countries we'd never even dreamed we'd get to see and made music together that in some crazy way has been responsible for taking us on that ride for well over a decade.
When we started this band the only hope and aspirations we had was to write music that we loved, play some shows and maybe make a record…we've surpassed that in so many ways, achieving three gold records along the way. It's grown to be a huge part of our lives but like the saying goes all good things must end and we've come to the end of the line. We've had many curveballs thrown at us over the last fifteen years, some we've managed to avoid and others that quite nearly derailed us but we've always said to each other that when it's time for this to end then we end it on our own terms, no one else's. So there we go, one chapter closes and another opens and life goes on.
To commemorate our band we're playing one very last run of shows performing 'Hours' one night and 'Casually Dressed' the following night alongside songs from our other records and EP's. It only seems fitting that we make these shows something pretty special. These will be an incredible amount of fun so we hope you can join us for one last crazy ride.
Tickets go on sale 9am, Friday 18th of September. You can buy tickets for the individual shows or you can buy a bundle ticket for both nights at a special price.
We want to thank all our families and friends, all the past members of the band and those who've helped us along the way. Let us not forget all the amazing bands and musicians we've had the honour of sharing stages with over the years. Finally, much love to the fans who have bought our records, bought the tickets and who come out to sing, scream and dance along with us.
Much love to you all.