SOURCE: Atlantic Records

May 03, 2007 11:40 ET

Funeral For A Friend to Tell "TALES" Through the Summer; Welsh Rock Outfit to Headline "All Hands On Deck Tour" in Advance of Vans Warped Tour '07; "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" in Stores May

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NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 3, 2007 -- Atlantic recording group Funeral For A Friend has unveiled details of their upcoming new album, "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES." Produced by the legendary Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters), the album is the critically acclaimed Welsh rock outfit's third set, following 2003's "CASUALLY DRESSED AND DEEP IN CONVERSATION" and 2005's "HOURS." "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" arrives in stores nationwide on May 15th.

Funeral For A Friend will herald the album's release with a series of eagerly anticipated North American headline dates. Dubbed "All Hands On Deck," the tour will see the band supported by Alexisonfire, Emanuel, and Fightstar, and will kick off on June 12th at the Knitting Factory in New York City. From there the trek will wind its way west, where it will culminate in a June 26th finale at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, California (see itinerary below). A special ticket promotion will be offered to members of the FFAF fan community, with those purchasing blocks of four tickets receiving the opportunity to meet and greet the band. For complete details, see the band's official website, www.funeralforafriend.com.

FFAF -- which has just wrapped a major European arena tour alongside My Chemical Romance -- will remain in North America through mid-summer, traveling as part of Vans Warped Tour '07. The annual roadshow begins on June 29th at Pomona, California's Pomona Fairgrounds, with dates slated through an August 3rd performance at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey.

The first single from "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" is the intricate and powerful "Into Oblivion (Reunion)." A video recently debuted on the band's MySpace page (www.myspace.com/funeralforafriend), drawing a staggering 14,000 views in its first twenty-four hours online.

FFAF will be an active online presence in the coming weeks, beginning with its newly re-launched official website, www.funeralforafriend.com. On Monday, May 7th, MySpace will host an exclusive Listening Party, giving fans their first chance to hear "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" in its entirety. In addition, the band has just opened its own dedicated video channel on YouTube -- www.youtube.com/funeraltube -- which will feature exclusive video content, including behind-the-scenes clips filmed by the band members themselves. What's more, the "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" CD will allow fans access to a variety of exclusive material locked within the FFAF website, including never-before-available audio and video content.

With its grand sweeping choruses, epic widescreen ambition, and soaring guitars, "TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" marks the boldest statement from Funeral For A Friend thus far. The album stands as a culmination of everything the band has done to date as well as a breathtaking reinvention.

Tracks like "Out Of Reach" are driven by FFAF's trademark searing guitar riffs, while songs like "On A Wire" and "Walk Away" display a newfound mastery of melody and song structure. With producer Gil Norton behind the board, the band took pains to hone its songwriting in the studio, cutting some of the fat to streamline their trademark sound. Still, the esteemed producer found room for towering walls of strings, French horns and a 26-piece orchestra on several of the tracks to complement the epic nature of the album.

"TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES" has already drawn high critical praise in the band's native UK. "'TALES...' is a triumph," hailed Kerrang! in its 5-out-of-5 star rave. "A remarkably assured, wonderfully cohesive work, boldly conceived and superbly executed." "If the tracks on 'TALES DON'T TELL THEMSELVES' were any bigger," declared RockSound, "they'd shift the earth off its axis."

Taking inspiration from a wide range of styles -- from hardcore to metal to pop -- Funeral For A Friend emerged out of South Wales in 2002 and instantly captured the imagination of rock fans around the planet. The band's 2003 debut, "CASUALLY DRESSED AND DEEP IN CONVERSATION" was a gold-certified sensation in the UK, spawning three top 20 singles and reaping widespread acclaim for its emotional, riff-heavy take on modern hard rock.

2005 saw the release of FFAF's second album, "HOURS." Produced by Terry Date (Soundgarden, Alice In Chains), the album further displayed the band's increasing depth and startling power, going on to achieve gold certification in the UK. In America, "HOURS" earned FFAF a bounty of critical celebration, with Alternative Press declaring it "brilliant," and a four-starred rave in Stuff.

Like any rock outfit worth its salt, Funeral For A Friend has toured hard since day one. Among the many highlights are international headline tours, countless festival appearances around the world (including Vans Warped Tour '05), and shows alongside Iron Maiden, the Deftones, Killswitch Engage, Story of the Year, Thrice, Atreyu, and the Used.

Funeral For A Friend is: Kris Coombs-Roberts - guitar; Gareth Davies - bass; Matt Davies-Kreye - vocals & guitar; Ryan Richards - drums; Darran Smith - guitar.

For additional information, please visit www.funeralforafriend.com, www.myspace.com/funeralforafriend, www.myspace.com/alexisonfire, www.myspace.com/emanuel, www.myspace.com/fightstar

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                          FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND
                           North America 2007
 6/12-26 - "All Hands On Deck" Tour w/Alexisonfire, Emanuel, and Fightstar
                  6/29-8/3 - w/Vans Warped Tour '07

JUNE
12      New York, NY            The Knitting Factory
13      Millvale, PA            Mr. Smalls Theatre
15      St. Louis, MO           Creepy Crawl
16      Lawrence, KS            The Bottleneck
19      Boise, ID               The Venue
20      Seattle, WA             El Corazon
21      Portland, OR            Hawthorne Theater
22      Orangevale, CA          The Boardwalk
24      San Diego, CA           Soma
26      West Hollywood, CA      The Troubadour
29      Pomona, CA              Pomona Fairgrounds
30      Ventura, CA             Seaside Park

JULY
1       Mountain View, CA       Shoreline Amphitheater
3       Vancouver, BC           Thunderbird Stadium at UBC
5       Edmonton, AB            Northlands Park
7       Salt Lake City, UT      Utah State Fairgrounds
8       Denver, CO              Invesco Field @ Mile High Stadium
11      Phoenix, AZ             Cricket Pavilion
12      Las Cruces, NM          NMSU Practice Field
13      San Antonio, TX         Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
14      Dallas, TX              Smirnoff Music Center
15      Houston, TX             Reliant Center
18      Atlanta, GA             HiFi Buys Amphitheater
19      Green Cove Springs, FL  Reynolds Park Yatch Center
20      St. Petersburg, FL      Vinoy Park
21      Miami, FL               Bicentennial Park
22      Orlando, FL             Tinker Field

JULY
23      Charlotte, NC           Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
24      Virginia Beach, VA      Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
25      Washington, DC          Merriweather Post Pavilion
26      Scranton, PA            Montage Mountain PAC
27      Detroit, MI             Comercia Park
28      Chicago, IL             1st Midwest Bank Amphitheater
29      Minneapolis, MN         Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
31      Milwaukee, WI           Marcus Amphitheater

AUGUST
1       Cincinnati, OH          Riverbend Music Center
2       Cleveland, OH           Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
3       Philadelphia, PA        Tweeter Center @ Waterfront

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