For many, 'Between Order And Model' was a gateway record to the underground. Maybe for some it was the anthem to a break up. Some may have just digged the songs on an aesthetic level. What ever your experience with this record, it launched the career of a hugely influential presence in the international alternative rock scene, bringing post hardcore, the new wave of emo and hardcore to prominence in the UK in the early naughties.
The intro to '10.45 Amsterdam Conversations' is a nod to the opening of 'Fuck With Fire' by Planes Mistaken For Stars, the band that inspired Funeral For A Friend’s moniker. As soon as the song breaks we get a taste of this band’s diverse influences from the underground hardcore, metal, punk and emo scenes of turn of the millennium US. The juxtaposition of jangly emo chords to brutal metal riffage, rasping, guttural screaming to Matt Davies soaring, melodic bellow represent the spectrum of the bubbling post-hardcore and emo scene that FFAF were about to release the valve on.
Second track, 'Juno', was Funeral For A Friend’s first big hit. It’s impressive structuring, exciting dynamics and great execution, coupled with the perfect timing of being released amidst an underground emo scene that was boiling over created a perfect storm for this record.
The remastering brings a new depth to these songs and polishes them to a gleaming sparkle, without taking anything away from the brashness of FFAF’s first statement of who they are and what they do.
This re-issue is a great addition to any fans collection. The new artwork is subtle and beautifully laid out, framing the experience nicely. The remastering fills the songs out beautifully and the added live tracks are an important addition to a vital piece of nostalgia. It’s a stand out record, but it’s real value will be appreciated by the long term fans of FFAF who’ll remember this the first time round or the new fans who want a taste of what it was like to be there at the start.
by Oliver John Ward