Feeder return to the fray with All Bright Electric, their first album in four years.
Feeder has been on a hiatus for the last few years, whilst at the same time frontman Grant Nicholas focused on his solo project. Subsequently, anticipation is high for tonight’s show and the band’s return.
Hailing from Devon, Reigning Days open the show and make a welcome appearance on the Newcastle stage following a recent show in the city with Wilson at the O2 Academy. The room is packed early, which shows what a great pairing of artists featured on the bill tonight.
The trio delivers the lion’s share of their recent Reigning Days EP, including the likes of “Friendly Fire”, “Renegades” and “Empire”. The band’s repertoire almost matches their ambition; their huge sounding numbers are built for arenas and conjure up images of the likes of Muse and Biffy Clyro. Reigning Days most certainly have mainstream appeal, and whet the appetites of the Geordie rock fraternity who were left wanting more.
The sounds of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” ushers Feeder onto the stage. Tonight the band arrives at Newcastle University where they take the opportunity to road test their latest offering. Several tracks from All Bright Electric are included in the set tonight including “Eskimo”, “Paperweight” and “Geezer”.
Feeder’s latest material is still incredibly fresh, so fresh that “Infrared-Ultraviolet” is being played live for the first time. Feeder’s sound has evolved somewhat over the years, and their new material is well received. However, while the setlist includes new material, it draws heavily from their greatest hits.
The band’s career-spanning set goes all the way back to one of their earliest singles “High”, Nicholas quips that the music business was so much more fun during the 90s. Subsequently, the audience savours the set packed full of rock anthems including many hits like “Pushing The Senses”, “Feeling A Moment” and “Come Back Around”, which each have the audience hanging on every word.
As the band’s main set nears, they tease the audience slowly playing out the intro to fan favourite “Buck Rodgers”. The song kicks in, and fans lose their mind, screams of “Feeder, Feeder” reverberate around the room. The enthusiastic chants sound more like the Saturday afternoon crowd of football fans at the neighbouring St James Park rather than a Student Union bar.
With several big numbers still in the band’s back pocket, the audience knows just what to expect as they continue to sing out the chorus to some of their favourite tunes in anticipation of what awaits them. As the band return to the stage for an encore, they give a rare airing to “7 Days in the Sun” before bringing their well-balanced set to a close with the song that their fans have been waiting for; “Just A Day”.
Feeder are on a mission to get old school rock music back into the charts, and if there is anyone who can achieve this monumental task it’s this band.