Band's new sticksman says his place in the band was sealed with a hug
Funeral For A Friend‘s brand new drummer Pat Lundy has revealed how he was approached to join the band.
It was revealed yesterday (May 22) that the Welsh rockers have parted ways with long-time drummer Ryan Richards after 10 years and that Lundy, who had previously drummed with Rise To Remain, was joining in his place.
Lundy, who makes his debut with the band at this weekend’s Slam Dunk Festival double header in Leeds and Hertford, told NME that he was approached to join the band around five weeks ago.
Asked how the offer came about, he said: “I got a call five weeks ago from Richard [Funeral For A Friend bassist] and he let me know that, although they’d originally said they were looking for a touring replacement, they were now looking for a full-time member and would I be interested? I jumped out of bed, started learning the songs and seven days later I was in Cardiff auditioning.”
Then asked if he was the only drummer the band looked at, Lundy replied: “I know they saw a couple of other drummers, but after I did my audition, they had a bit of a meeting and came to see me and all gave me a hug and told me I’d got the job.”
Richards contributed joint lead vocals to a number of the band’s tracks and Lundy said he and his new bandmates were currently working out who would be taking over, but he was keen to help out.
He said of this: “I think we’re in the process of sorting that out, vocal-wise. We’ll see which parts are best for which member, but I could definitely have a hand in it.”
The band are currently working on the follow-up to their 2011 album ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’. It is set to be released later this year.
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