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Feeder at Rock City, Nottingham, UK, November 20th, 2019

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It’s been another exceptional year for Feeder. Their tenth studio album Tallulah scored a top five placing in the UK albums chart while the subsequent promotional tour also managed to sell out nearly every show. Which is no mean feat for a band now in its twenty-fifth year of existence

Of course much of that longevity can be put down to their continuous spate of creativity, resulting in yet another critically acclaimed release this summer. While many of their peers that started out around the same time have long embraced the nostalgia circuit, Feeder have never sat back and rested on their laurels. Instead, the core duo of Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose have produced some of their finest work this past decade. A point highlighted when examining tonight’s setlist.

While the band’s commercial peak occurred in the early 2000s courtesy of 2002’s Comfort In Sound and its follow-up three years later, Pushing The Senses. Their output since has more than justified Feeder‘s continued existence, a point accentuated in the way over half of this evening’s set is dominated by material released over the ensuing decade and a half.

Indeed, the absence of several hit singles from the current live show goes unnoticed. What we get in their place is a buoyant performance from a band seemingly at the top of their game. If ‘Tallulah’ marked a return to the traditional Feeder sound of three minute punk pop gems, then its little wonder nine of its twelve songs receive an airing here. From frantic set opener “Youth”, which also kicks the album into life, via the surging adrenaline rush that’s “Fear Of Flying” and reflective “Kyoto”, through to rumbling anthem “Blue Sky Blue” that begins the encore. Each and every one sounding as vital as anything from the band’s extensive back catalogue.

Playing as a five-piece as they have done on and off as a live band since the early 2000s, they’re a ferocious beast at times especially on the loud and direct likes of “Lost And Found” and “Insomnia”. The spacious “Universe Of Life” off 2016’s ‘All Bright Electric’ more than reiterates that record’s critical plaudits as arguably their finest post-millennium. While 2017’s “Figure You Out” off most recent ‘Best Of…’ companion ‘Arrow’ makes a case for being a pivotal recording in the band’s catalogue far more deserving than its lost artefact status.

Nevertheless, there’s a smattering of the band’s most instantly recognisable compositions too, and when they arrive they’re unsurprisingly welcomed with open arms. A rare outing for “Yesterday Went Too Soon” off the 1999 album of the same name is particularly well received, as are the trio of singles unleashed from 2001’s breakthrough LP Echo Park, culminating in a rousing rendition of “Buck Rogers” that’s preceded by a medley of intros from classic rock songs of yore including “Back In Black” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

For a band with a quarter of a century’s worth of history, it’s heart-warming to see an audience made up from such a wide demographic. Something that’s highlighted when ‘High’, an early single from 1997 and the oldest song played this evening, sees the audience sing the chorus back at one point where the verse should be, much to the band’s amusement.

Traditional closer “Just a Day” brings the show to its customary ending, delivered in a typically rambunctious manner. Most importantly, what it also reaffirms is Feeder’s status as one of the most consistently exciting guitar bands on the planet. What’s more, with more new songs already in the bag, one suspects album number eleven might not be too far away.

Long may it continue!


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