Funeral For A Friend - one of Britain’s biggest rock bands of the past decade - play the Citadel in St Helens on Saturday. Here, lead singer Matthew Davies-Kreye tells us why he’s expecting the gig at the Waterloo Street arts centre to be a belter.
Tell us about the band’s St Helens gig?
Matthew Davies-Kreye: Well, it’s going to be high energy and fun. We like people to let loose so we’re expecting some random dance moves and some mic grabbing!
Which song is stuck in your head today?
MDK: Hound Dog by Elvis Presley.
What’s on your iPod/stereo today?
MDK: The Power of Failing by Mineral
What was the first album you bought?
MDK: The first record I bought out of my own money was Generator by Bad Religion.
Which musician do you most admire, and why?
MDK: I have a few that I admire for various reasons. I recently watched a documentary on Tom Petty, I’ve loved his music since I was a kid and I find his attitude towards song-writing and the music industry really inspiring.
What are your three favourite albums of all time?
MDK: That’s a very hard question to answer...
At a push..
1 Bad Religion - Stranger Than Fiction
2 The Beach Boys- Pet Sounds
3 Weezer - The Blue Album
Tell us about a great band we might not have heard of...
MDK: Okay, not sure but I’ve rediscovered by love for the band Nada Surf and they’re a criminally overlooked band. They started out in the early 90’s and put out their superb first record High/Low in 1995. I got it when it first came out and have loved them ever since.
Have you ever been told you look like anyone famous?
MDK: I used to get Harry Potter references when my hair was longer and I used to wear my glasses.
If we ended up in a karaoke club, what would you sing?
MDK: I would try Jessie’s Girl again because I trashed it royally the last time I gave it a spin.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
MDK: The complete theme to Star Wars.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
MDK: To be honest I’m not sure. Maybe when I was carried out of the metal hammer awards a while back. I’m happy that I gave up drinking.
What is your most treasured possession?
MDK: I don’t really have any. I have a bunch of records that I love and some retro video games consoles that I’m fond of but nothing that would classify as a prized possession.
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard said or written about you?
MDK: Somebody once wrote that I had an alcohol problem, that was hilarious.
Facebook or Twitter?
MDK: Both, sadly.
Liverpool, Everton or Tranmere FC?
MDK: None of the above, can’t stand football.
Close your eyes. If I was your fairy godmother, what would your three wishes be?
MDK: No poverty
Share the wealth
And everyone will live cruelty free.
* Tickets for Saturday’s gig are available now - priced £15 - from the box office on 01744 735436.