Funeral For A Friend (Matthew Davies-Kreye)
On the occasion of the release of "Welcome Home Armageddon", SpazioRock interviewed the singer Matthew Davies-Kreyes, who was very kind and friendly. Enjoy the interview!
Article by Alessandra Leoni - Publish on: 22/03/11
Hello!


I'm Alessandra from SpazioRock, Italy, an Italian website about rock.


Hello there!


Hey! How are you doing?


I'm very good. I've been talking to a bunch of journalists about the new record and I'm extremely pumped.


I suppose you would like to tell us something about the brand new album!


If you want me to! (laughs)


Yeah, of course!


Well, as I mentioned to a few people in the last couple of weeks, I like the new album, and it's like a punch to the face followed by a kiss to the cheek. It's quite possibly the most immediate album we've ever done. It's the most aggressive album we've ever done. I think it's the most concise record since forever.


Cool! So, another thing I've noticed is that you have very interesting artworks for your CDs, and you know the first cover I've noticed is "Your History Is Mine" with the grandmother holding her grandchildren, and then this new album "Welcome Home Armageddon" depicts a family turned into skeletons.. Kind of creepy, but they shared the same theme, the family, but how did you come up with these two covers?


Well, with "Your History Is Mine" the emphasis was on the fact that it was retrospective and I think we were looking at ways to make that seem relevant in the artwork and make it personal really, because all the pictures in the album are about my family. So the cover is my family. In the cover there is my father and his brother when they were kids. And with "Welcome Home Armageddon" the emphasis was on the happiest ideal in my head about the 50's/60's nuclear family, but it really flips out of his head, because the album has a lot of themes to do with ignorance, ignoring a bigger picture of you until it's too late; whereas, it has to do with natural disasters in the way we human beings are affecting the planet we're living on, it makes perfect sense and you made the connection with these two images I wouldn't have seen and I haven't thought about that. Family plays an evident role in a lot of things that we do, the band ... We feel we are a family. The families outside the band are very close.


intervista_funeral_2011_02Always referring to family and memories, I assume it's very important to always have a family you can always count on, and this is a recurrent theme in your lyrics, or at least, a source of inspiration.


Yeah, I've always firmly believed that you should learn from you experience and from what you know, I'm very fortunate to have people in my life that really care about what I do, it definitely influences me and it's an environment where I can work at my best; I think it's very important to have people who follow you that keep you grounded, it makes me feel more creative and expressive.


Then you have also have death, ghosts (and I think your song "Ghosts" has truly amazing lyrics) and then other themes are oblivion ... Do you also take inspiration from books and movies?


Yes, you know, I like to read as much as I can, whenever I can, and yes, I watch a lot of movies, even before I joined the band, when I was at university studying. Images and the written word are very important. To me, a theme comes when it picks my mind at a time; then these dimensions follow with a song about the loss of somebody in a relationship, that it's supposed to be a relative or a parent ... And I just start writing it, about that thing. I write about relevant things, everyday issues that everyone knows.


Sure, because I think most of the bands I've heard lately, they write about hatred mostly, they're too aggressive.


I prefer hope. I like to think, even if many people take the negative side, that there's a sparkle of hope. I want people to understand it through the lyrics, I'd like that they come to an understanding, specifically if you liked it, that there's a lot we can do as a race, stabilize the way we live, accept upon it and the way we accept each other personally, it's like making everything a better place. I don't mean just animals, every creature is very lucky to be here, we just need to make a stand to realise that.


Sure. Let's talk about dreams, and if there's something that you have always wished you could do, but for some reasons you haven't done yet. If there is.


I think that every dream as a child was to be someone realized and I thought I could never be in a situation with a band, play music, tour the world, meet people, meet different cultures, I've never thought I would have left my own town. In the U.K. the expectations of success ... You get very far. So, to me all the things I wished as a child have been realized. I'd never want to walk on the moon, too dangerous, but that would be pretty cool, but also I would be too scared doing that. I'm quite content with my dreams, I'm living with dreams, right now I'm very happy to say that.


You played with many bands and many big bands such as Guns ‘n' Roses and Iron Maiden, what are your best memories you have of these kind of big monsters of rock?


I don't know, maybe look at what they create and try to emulate them, I mean in a perspective of what's achievable, you know, make that an achieve. I mean they're masters, these band are where they are for a reason, they have experience and how they command all the audience, you know, it is inspiring.

 

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Do you think that metalcore or emocore is better received in the U.S.? Because I have this feeling that this kind of music is surely appreciated in Europe, but I think not enough.

 


I agree, the label tries to match it at a certain degree. There's so much music out there from America, that's where the researches for the influences are. Maybe it's the same for European. There are amazing European bands in my opinion, but they don't get enough credit for what they do. If a band is refused it always gets pictures of more popular American bands. So I think we should stop looking at the American bands, there're a lot of good bands out there.


Are you inspired by metal core bands, I don't know, like Hatebreed, Integrity, Strife and so on? Or much more by the old school metalcore bands?


I think that a band like Strife is a band that we all love, I grew up with that band. Than Earth Crisis, have been a big influence on me. As well as metal bands like At The Gates, Carcass they heavily play a role on the music I'm making. They take what we have, they put it all together and ... They make you feel so.


So, will you come to Italy soon?


Sure, we're coming in April or May, I think we'll play three shows in Italy. I think we'll play in Rome, Milan and also somewhere else, but I can't remember the other name. If you go and check on our MySpace, all the dates should be up there. We will be in Italy before the summer ends.


Thank very much for your time and patience, I'm sorry for the interruption! Would you like to leave a message to all your Italian fans and SpazioRock users?


No problem for the interruption! I'd just like to say thank you so much for your support and we can't wait to be playing back in Italy we had the best time when we played last and Italian audience is one of the best in Europe and we can't wait to be back there.


Thank you so much Matthew, it was a pleasure, ciao!




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