Feeder Review

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FEEDER – Wolverhampton Civic Hall

A few years back, Feeder were threatening to elevate themselves into the upper echelons of the rock mainstream.

Like many a guitar band, Feeder have found their commercial stock waning in recent years.

However, there’s still a sizeable turnout at the Civic, many who were introduced to Feeder through their ubiquitous ‘Buck Rogers’, others influenced by the Coldplay-lite sounds of ‘Comfort in Sound and ‘Pushing the Senses’.

Tonight’s setlist encompasses enough of the Feeder back catalogue to satisfy a slightly passive, but appreciative audience. As the band has aged, inevitably the crowd follows suit, giving us less moshing down the front than in the bands earlier years. A point reinforced by the largely muted response to grunge-pop classic ‘Insomnia’.

If anything, it’s the sing-alongs that elicit the largest reaction, starting with the rousing reflection of ‘Feeling the Moment’, the first sign that the gig had shifted into something like top gear. There were equally powerful renditions of ‘Just the Way I’m Feeling’ and ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ and ‘High’ that proved to be the set’s benchmark moments.

That said, when Feeder treated us to more riff-heavy offerings such as the aforementioned ‘Buck Rogers’ and cuts from the latest album, ‘Generation Freakshow’ the hardcore fans still were whipped into an energetic frenzy as if it was 2001 again.

It is fan favourite ‘Just a Day’ that instigates the most carnage, pulling many a reluctant mosher into the chaos, as everyone went insane.

Feeder have made a conscious decision to return to their rock roots on the last two albums, which was a pleasing U-turn from the Keane-esque balladry that was becoming omnipresent within their arsenal.

The pretensions of integrating themselves into the rock firmament are probably done with, but the strong connection between band and audience on evidence here, should give Feeder fresh impetus as they plough their feel good-tinged existentialism through their forties. I think they’re gonna make it.