Welsh rockers at Roadmender in Northampton

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Welsh rockers Funeral For A Friend return to the Roadmender next week, touring in support of their latest album Chapter and Verse.

The band are one of the last remaining bastions of the British hardcore scene that exploded into the mainstream at the turn of the century.

Bursting out of Bridgend, South Wales, in 2001, Funeral For A Friend were championed from a young age and given the task of re-energising a scene in desperate need of fresh blood.

Now, 14 years after their formation, the band still packs as much punch and purpose as they started with, if not more.

Their 2013 album Conduit was an exemplary moment of a band breaking out from the weight of expectation that had been placed on their shoulders before they even started.

Vivid, aggressive and urgent, the record shook off every presumption that had been attached to Funeral For A Friend after the release of their era-defining album Casually Dressed and Deep In Conversation in 2003.

Chapter and Verse is the band’s seventh full-length record and a natural follow-on from the confidence and conviction displayed on Conduit.

The album was recorded in two weeks with Lewis Johns and is classic Funeral For A Friend effort in the way it melds gruff attitude with melodic choruses.

It is also one of the most sonically diverse records the band has made.

Funeral For A Friend headline the Northampton venue on Saturday, March 28.

Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 in advance before fees.

For more information visit www.funeralforafriend.com

Next Friday, Stiff Little Fingers return to the venue.

The band formed in 1977 in Belfast, Ireland and along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and Sham 69 were at the forefront of the punk movement.

Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost £18.50 in advance before fees. For more details and to book tickets, visit www.theroadmender.com