On 13th May 2007 at 09:07 Anonymous 30 wrote...
I was really hoping Funeral For A Friend had vanished into oblivion...but alas no.
By Funeral for a Friend
Nearly four minutes of the classic song structure. Build up your intro with strings, kick in with ear-splitting guitars, add a catchy chorus, repeat it minus a few instruments, before throwing everything out there for one last effort. Funeral for a Friend's first single from their brand new album sounds like a tasty recipe.
Released a week before eagerly awaited album 'Tales Don't Tell Themselves', 'Into Oblivion (Reunion)' looks to build on already widespread success. Following such singles as 'Monsters' and 'Roses For The Dead', the Welsh quintet incorporate the triumph from their previous albums with new found sound to take the world and its public by storm.
With some pretty average rhymes, there's nothing overly special with the lyrics in this single. The vocals of Matthew Davies make up for this as he croons out 'I stared into oblivion, and found my home' throughout the chorus. His voice eases on the ear and compliments the backing track. The guitars dominate the chorus line enough to stay memorable and will have you humming throughout the rest of the day. The lyrics are unpretentious enough to remember and with the straightforward tune you find yourself singing along after hearing the song only once. Simplicity works.
How it discusses the subject of 'home' will perhaps appeal to a wider audience than intended. As people go on their travels this summer, leave university and say goodbye to places, I can imagine sitting on long train journeys thinking about friends and family. The song is incredibly relatable; it seems to have a reason.
Maybe not the finest song ever written by this band, but if the rest of the album is anything like the single it will no doubt be another success point on the Funeral for a Friend voyage. 'Into Oblivion (Reunion)' feels like a summer song, possibly an anthem that people remember 2007 for.