Funeral For A Friend frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye announces departure from the band

Funeral For A Friend have announced the departure of longtime frontman Matthew Davies-Kreye.

The band say that he leaves “with all our love, respect and gratitude”, and they plan to continue – having recently felt “a renewed spark and desire to create new music together, for the first time in this line-up for many years”.

With a couple of shows planned for Slam Dunk Festival next May, FFAF reveal that Holding Absence’s Lucas Woodland will be filling in on vocals (fuck yeah!), and they will also keep fans updated with any further band line-up news “in due course”.

Matt himself shares his excitement for Funeral For A Friend to carry on following their recent anniversary tour, however he says that “this is a road that I can’t walk down”.

“I absolutely love everyone in FFAF, I love our fans and I loved these last shows we played but my life has moved on in so many ways since we first said goodbye back in 2016 that I can’t see myself being in an active band again,” he explains.

Read Funeral For A Friend’s full statement below:

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce that after 20+ years, our singer and brother Matthew Davies-Kreye has decided to move on to pastures new going forward, and leaves with all our love, respect and gratitude.

“While Matt moves on, the rest of us have come out of our recent 20 Years Casually Dressed anniversary tour with a renewed spark and desire to create new music together, for the first time in this line-up for many years. We’ll keep you updated on that in due course, but suffice it to say that we wouldn’t be entertaining new music if we didn’t feel the material we’re currently writing would hold up to the legacy of what we created back in the day. We hope you agree with us on that, and look forward to sharing with you next year.

“As far as Slam Dunk Festival next May, we’re very pleased to share that we’ll be joined on vocals for those shows by our excellent Welsh brother Lucas Woodland, of the wonderful Holding Absence. We’re honoured that he’s lending us his immense talents for the weekend, and know that he’ll do Matty proud. We’re stoked for what will be an incredibly exciting and unique couple of performances that weekend.

“We’ll keep in touch with you all between now and then, but for now we’ll sign off with a final word from Matt. Please join us in raising our fingers for one last salute.”

And read Matt’s statement, too:

“I never thought, after we called it a day back in 2016, that I would get the chance to revisit Funeral for a Friend let alone the way we did with Darran and Ryan back onboard.

“Given the emotionally challenging circumstances around us coming back together to play the benefit show for Big Stu in 2019, I was so happy to see just how much love there still was for our music. Fast forward a few years and coming out the other side of a global pandemic, we have completed two of the bands largest UK tours ever (thanks in no small part to the sheer love of our fans) which is pretty mind blowing.

“After the joy, fun and success of the last two tours Kris, Darran, Ryan, Gavin and Rich are eager to play more shows and explore what the band can still do creatively and I’m sure with what they have in mind their endeavours will push the band to new highs.

“For me though, this is a road that I can’t walk down. I absolutely love everyone in FFAF, I love our fans and I loved these last shows we played but my life has moved on in so many ways since we first said goodbye back in 2016 that I can’t see myself being in an active band again.

“So here we are, I wish Kris, Darran, Ryan, Gav and Rich all the luck and success in the world and I know they’ll be doing an incredible job and giving it everything they’ve got as always. To all of you, I can’t thank you enough for your support over the years and I can’t wait to hear you all singing along to the bands songs for many more years to come.

“Take care of each other and, as always, much love. Matt x”