As the line up for Victorious continues to impress with each passing year, I was more than a little excited to see Feeder making the list. Hugely reminiscent of my teenage years (who didn’t want to be in the video for ‘Just a Day’?) I knew they would be sure to put on a brilliant show.
Feeder, who started life in Newport, Wales in 1992, have consistently produced an impressive back catalogue, with clear influences from bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins in their earlier work, which has much more of a heavy, grunge feel. However, for me, like many of my generation, it was the more upbeat ‘Buck Rogers’ from 2001’s album ‘Echo Park’ that really brought the band to my attention. This, along with the 2001 re-release of original EP, ‘Swim’ cemented the band firmly in the public eye, building on their already dedicated fan base. It was this very EP that encouraged me to make my way through their already impressive back catalogue, and I wasn’t disappointed.
In 2002, following the tragic death of drummer Jon Lee, the band recorded and released ‘Comfort in Sound’ – a very different direction for them. This deeply personal and emotional album, is still for me, their best. It confronts heartache and grief head on, and encourages the listener to do the same, perhaps best exhibited in the single ‘Just the way I’m feeling.’
It is also important to note that the warm up shows for this album were played in our very own Wedgewood Rooms, and I was lucky enough to see them perform a very similar set at Glastonbury that year, definitely one of my highlights.
This fourth album has been followed by six subsequent studio albums, with original members Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose being present on all recordings. For me, the stand out album amongst these (I have religiously bought and listened to every single one) is 2016’s ‘All Bright Electric.’ It takes me back to a time when Feeder were my soundtrack for trips to Camden, oversized jeans, and spending long summers in the park with my friends.
Whichever your favourite, Feeder have that unique gift of making you feel deeply, yet also being able to sing along at the top of your lungs and forget all your troubles.
I urge you to check them out at Victorious. It’ll definitely be worth it.
For those of you who do not have tickets then you can find out more about how you can get involved here – www.victoriousfestival.co.uk/buy-tickets.