Feeder @ The Academy, Manchester, UK – 18th November 2012

Posted by Bianca on Sunday Nov 18, 2012 Under Indie, Rock

Feeder

When I was younger I distinctly remember Feeder being a band it wasn’t ‘cool’ to like. When I look back now I couldn’t tell you why that was exactly, only that at the time they were considered an indie guilty pleasure. It might have been because their songs were on TV adverts or that there were other more successful and slightly edgier acts on the scene at the time. I never saw them live, I probably would never have considered it. Ten years on and I find myself one of the first in line wanting to see their latest tour. Call it nostalgia, call it unfinished business but I felt compelled to see if Feeder had stood the test of time.

Feeder
Feeder

The moment I walked into the hot and sweaty packed out Manchester Academy I knew the answer was yes. Even after 15 years the band first formed they still pulled in a decent sized crowd, with a mixture of new and old fans (though admittedly there were more of the latter) talking exuberantly with anticipation as they waited for them to take to the stage.

Feeder
Feeder

Feeder have been around long enough that they might well be entitled to feel jaded by the music business, but if they ever have been it didn’t show. It was an energetic band that walked out to perform in front of a large and impressive light show, clearly still loving what they do. On tour with their 2012 album Generation Freakshow, their new music isn’t a miraculous reinvention. It’s still grungy alternative guitar-based indie rock. It’s a case of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, much to the delight of the hardcore contingent of (most likely) lifelong fans in the room. It does still manage to sound fresh and lively; full of catchy guitar chords and relatable lyrics. Of particular note are Idaho and title track Generation Freakshow which formed memorable parts of the live set.

Feeder
Feeder

Happily for everyone involved Feeder do still play the classics. Old favourites like Buck Rodgers and Just the Way I’m Feeling saw the nostalgic euphoria in the room cranked up to infinity. During these songs watching the audience reaction was a real joy. It was one of those moments only music from the nineties seems to be able to create. One of those moments that sees grown men sway arm in arm and jump up and down aimlessly for the love of a guitar riff. It made me long for the days when bands dominated the charts. It made me live in hope that nineties bands never quit.

Feeder
Feeder

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