Funeral For A Friend drummer Ryan Richards leaves the band

Former Rise To Remain sticksman Pat Lundy replaces Richards in the Welsh band

Funeral For A Friend have parted ways with drummer Ryan Richards.

The sticksman, who has been in the Welsh band for 10 years and contributed joint lead vocals to a number of the band’s tracks, has left in an amicable split.

Richards will be replaced by former Rise To Remain drummer Pat Lundy, who makes his debut with the band at this weekend’s Slam Dunk Festival double header in Leeds and Hertford.

Speaking about his decision, Richards said: “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.”

Singer Matthew Davies-Kreye said of the split: “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 will filling the drummer’s seat and will be kicking asses and taking names from here on in.”

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.

You can watch the video for the band’s previous single ‘Broken Foundation’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.