Feeder (formed 1991 - 2012) Feeder are one of the most successful British rock bands, originating in Newport, Wales.
Formation: Lead singer/guitarist, Grant Nicholas, joined the band Sweet Leaf at the age of 14. Similarly, bassist Taka Hirose and drummer Jon Lee were performing in their own cover bands. Nicholas and Lee met one another while performing in Newport, and decided to form Temper Temper - their own electronic band. After the band failed to gain any label support, they reformed into Raindancer, before changing to Reel. After hiring Hirose due to an advert he posted in a magazine. Finally, they changed their name to Feeder and sent a demo tape to The Echo Label, earning them a contract in 1994. Feeder:
Career: Feeder released their first EP, 'Two Colours', on 25th September 1995. The EP contained two tracks, and was followed by 1996's 'Swim' EP, which received glowing reviews, leading to a rerelease in 2001. In 1997, Feeder released their debut studio album, 'Polythene' which received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Feeder then decided that they were going to self-produce their third studio album, 'Yesterday Went Too Soon' in 1999. The album debuted in the UK charts at number eight, as well as receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews. On 8th January 2001, Feeder released the single 'Buck Rogers' which shot into fifth position in the charts, becoming the first top ten single from the band - leading to overall more publicity and mainstream success. In January 2002, drummer Jon Lee committed suicide in his home in Miami, leading to the band seemingly disappearing from the public eye at the height of their success. They returned at the end of the year on 21st October 2002, with the release of 'Comfort in Sound'. The band chose not to promote the album as much as their previous work due to the death of Lee, yet the album still charted well. Feeder's next album, 'Pushing Up Senses', didn't release until 31st January 2005. The album failed to receive the same critical response, and instead received very mixed reviews. On 15th May 2006 'The Singles' was released as a compilation album. Through 2007 and 2008, Feeder were hard at work recording their sixth studio album, 'Silent Cry', which was released on 16th June 2008. Following Lee's death in 2002, Feeder hired Mark Richardson as a drummer. In 2009, Richardson decided to leave Feeder and return to his original band. On 5th July 2010, Feeder released 'Renegades', their seventh studio album, which received very mixed reviews. Following the release of their eighth studio, 'Generation Freakshow', on 23rd April 2012, the band went on hiatus.
After more than 20 years together as a band, Feeder return with their eighth album, Generation Freakshow. The band now officially operates as a duo after different drummers taking the place of original drummer, the late Jon Lee. Feeder's most recent albums have seen a return to a sound that resembles more of the original sound found on debut album, Polythene.
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We settle in a venue at the darkest depths that Coventry has to offer to see a band that started way back in 1991. That is an achievement in itself - this is a band still together and not on a money making reunion tour.
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There are bands around that are like Ryan Giggs: they seem to have been around forever, like the Manic Street Preachers. Naturally Feeder - unlike the Manics, who have stated 'you wont hear from us now for at least a couple of years' - have no intention of taking a year or so out, as they return with their new single 'Borders'.
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Review of Feeder live at Nottingham Rock City on 14th February 2011
Continue reading: Feeder, Nottingham Rock City. 14th February 2011 Live Review
Now nearing two decades and seven albums into their story, Feeder's latest record was the first since their debut not to enter the top ten. Available as a download or on limited vinyl, this double a-side sees the trio through until a UK tour in February, before they had off to Australia for a run of five shows.
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Having road-tested their new material with a couple of low-key tours earlier in the year, Feeder now present their seventh studio album on their own Big Teeth Music label.
The band have recruited a new drummer in the shape of Karl Brazil and are set to hit the road again in autumn after festival appearances including Sonisphere and the dual V Festival events.
'Renegades' has been touted as a return to Feeder's earlier, harder sound and this is indicated in the crunching riffs of opener 'White Lines'. Recent single 'Call Out' furthers this claim, its raw fun making for a frantic anthem, while the title track recalls the spirit of punk. It is an attitude carried throughout the likes of 'Home' and 'Barking Dogs' with the only let down being under-developed 'This Town', while 'Down By The River' opens up with an impressive chorus in the power-ballad mould.
The return to a primal style may theoretically alienate more recent fans, but Grant Nicholas still proves his knack for writing a catchy tune. The lack of variation may drag slightly toward the finale of the record, but at just over 30 minutes the length of the LP is perfect to avoid this becoming detrimental.
Review of Feeder (As The Renegades) live at Birmingham Academy 3 on Thursday January 28th.
Continue reading: Feeder, Birmingham Academy 3 Thursday 28th January Live Review
Returning with their first album of new material in three years, Feeder's history is so well documented that it need not be regurgitated here. They embark on an intimate tour at the end of the month ahead of this release, before blitzing the festival circuit with notable appearances at Leeds/Reading and T In The Park.
Somewhat criticised for the softer melodic approach of their last two records, it's pleasing to say that if only one word was used to describe "Silent Cry", it would be 'grand'. That's not to say they've ditched the melodies, but they're now backed up by heavier soundscapes more akin to the early work of the group. First single and opening track "We Are The People" is a perfect example, building up to an intense crescendo while guitars flex between shimmering and shattering. "Fires" is from of similar mould, hinting at a band firmly aiming at stadium rock, while the tellingly-titled "Heads Held High" is a dynamic number that sees Grant Nicholas in a positive and uplifting mood.
Aided by an epic string section, the title track "Silent Cry" is emotive and of dark tone, before developing into a rampant beast by the second chorus. Adding some variation is the punky "Miss You", which features a catchy hectic riff, and the garage rock of "Into The Blue" and "Tracing Lines". The latter of this pair begins as if it's a Strokes' track, before unleashing an energetic indie-rock chorus, and features a tidy guitar solo. A couple of offerings miss the mark (particularly "Sonorous", which lacks cohesion), but generally speaking, Feeder have returned with an album which sees them rejuvenated. Though unlikely to send shockwaves through the music world, there is now a sense of focus and optimism in their work that shines through the majority of these 13 songs.
30th July, 1992
30th July, 2015