Ryan Richards has departed Bridgend post-hardcore giants Funeral For A Friend.
Ryan brings to an end a 10-year stint as drummer, after replacing former sticksman Johnny Phillips shortly before the band’s debut EP ‘Between Order and Model’ was released.
He posted the following statement online:
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 (or at least put them in a box, which is probably more practical).
As the old romantic cliche goes – ‘it’s not you, it’s me’. Being in this band has made each and every one of my dreams come true (bleeeurgh..I know) and I thank all of you for being part of that.
I’ve come to the age of 32, which I’ve always considered the age at which most footballers become rubbish, so it felt like a good age to bow out.
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.
Although this has been a really tough decision, it’s been made infinitely easier through the support and understanding of Matt, Kris, Gav & Rich – who I wish all the success their talents and hard work deserve.
I’m also stoked to have my good friend Pat Lundy step into my vacant drumstool and to take things to the next level. There’s not a better drummer than Pat for the job, and I hope you make him feel as welcome as you made me for the last 10 years.
I’m leaving the band, but I’m glad to say that I’m still living and breathing music full-time as an artist manager, alongside some of the great people who have been instrumental in the career of FFAF from day one.
So yeah..that’s it from me. Thanks for listening – not just today, but for the last 10 years.”
SWS would like to wish Ryan the best of luck for the future, both on a personal level and with Escape Artist Management.