One of the UK’s most significant rock bands of the past decade is gearing up to begin a fresh new era as they announce the departure of long-serving drummer Ryan Richards and welcome new drummer Pat Lundy, formerly of Rise To Remain, to the fold. Lundy’s first performances with the band will be at Slam Dunk Festival, starting with the sold-out Leeds date on 26th May and then at Hatfield on 27th May.
It’s not been an easy decision for Richards but he feels the time is right to move on. He says “After ten wonderful, enriching, emotional and fascinating years being a part of Funeral for a Friend – I’ve decided to hang up my drum sticks. I’ve always put music first in my life – but the time has come now for my family to take the top spot, after patiently waiting and supporting me for the last 10 years and more. I’m stoked to have my good friend Pat Lundy step into my vacant drumstool. There’s not a better drummer than Pat for the job.”
The rest of the band are fully supportive of the decision and excited for what the future is to bring. Says vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye “We give Ryan our full support and wish him the best in his future endeavours. Now, before you all start running around on the internet ringing the death bells for our band we just wanted to say that we’re extremely excited to announce that Pat Lundy (ex-Rise to Remain) will filling the drummer’s seat and will be kicking asses and taking names from here on in. So you better hold on to your prized snap-backs peeps, this machine ain’t stopping for no one!”
And the new piece in the FFAF puzzle, Pat, can’t wait to get started – “I am well excited about my new band. I’ve shared some of my best touring memories with the boys and you gotta believe there will be plenty more to come. A proper honour to have been asked to be a part of it. The new album is gonna wreck, so get excited. Come say hi and I’ll see yas on tour!”
Funeral For A Friend released latest album ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ in 2011 to critical acclaim. The band have recently been in the studio working on its follow-up which is set for release through Distiller Records late 2012 / early 2013.