Feeder – Leeds Beckett University – 09/10/16
Tonight there’s an unusually diverse age group gathering at the Student Union in Leeds, and they are all here for a very good reason. Welsh rockers Feeder (9) have surfaced once again armed with a brand new album ‘All Bright Electric’, and fresh from release, everyone is dying to experience it live for the first time.
For a band that have been around for well over 20 years, it’s seemingly difficult to predict how on earth they are going to cram all their hits and a decent portion of new material into an hour and a half rock show. But as always, Feeder never seem to disappoint…
As they are greeted to the stage by almighty cheers and applause, the band surprisingly don’t come out with piercing guitar riffs to get the crowd moving early on. They ease us in to the set with the beautiful ‘Another Day On Earth’ taken from the new album ‘All Bright Electric’, displaying the front mans vocals backed with some keys for a passionate start to the show. However the new album opener ‘Universe Of Light’ demonstrates the complete opposite. With it’s edgy guitar riffs and pounding drums it picks the crowd up on to their feet, and has them moving for the first time tonight. A fitting opening to a diverse rock show Feeder is manufactured for.
Considering its size, it’s worth noting the effort the band has gone to to make this show something special. Stunning visuals and lighting flash across the band as they are projected onto the backdrop from song to song, making everything unique and visually stimulating throughout.
It wasn’t going to be too long until the fan favorites were exposed lurking in the set list, and tonight the first of those mammoth hits is the emotional ‘Feeling a Moment’. Even after 11 years, this song is still as moving as it was when we first heard it back in 2005, and it will always be one of Feeder’s best live tracks in their set. As we wipe away the odd tear from our eyes, the set progresses with a strong mix of old and new. ‘Lost and Found’, ‘High’ and ‘Come Back Around’, thrown into the mix with their chilling new single ‘Eskimo’, takes us on a rollercoaster of mosh pits and sing alongs to keep everyone on their tip toes.
As good as ‘Eskimo’ is, the stand out tracks from the new material tonight for us would be ‘Paperweight’. It’s another edgy track with a commanding bassline leaving the room clapping along from start to finish, and even though many here may not yet know the lyrics, it’s clear from the subtle head banging across the room that this track get the seal of approval from the hardcore Feeder followers.
The sound of clean guitar strumming through ‘Just the Way I’m Feeling’ sends shivers down our spine, before it’s shaken off with the super hit ‘Buck Rodgers’ which as you would expect, rifles the night up to a solid 10 with it’s infectious chorus being sung back at the grinning face of Grant Nicholas, as he watches the room bouncing to an earth shattering performance.
After a well needed breather, the all too predictable encore throws in a few extra bangers to close the night off just perfectly. The eerie ‘Infrared-Ultraviolet’ provides a lighter swaying moment, before Grant gives the crowd the choice of either ‘Sweet 16’ and ‘Seven Days In The Sun’, which has the crowd bickering between them before settling on the latter. A seemingly perfect choice as the floor is once again bouncing to the summer anthem with pure ecstasy, to create one of the highlights of the night.
To no ones surprise the sound of “Do do do dooo…” leaving the front mans mouth has every single person in the room shouting and bouncing instantly, as the fantastic ‘Just a Day’ closes the night in complete and utter chaos. An explosive performance is met with an equally fiery reaction from the crowd blowing the roof right of the venue, whilst any remaining drinks are left flying across the room.
It was a show which had been under the radar for quite a few people, and those that didn’t make it down tonight well and truly missed out on a fantastic rock show. It’s been a long time coming having Feeder back touring the UK at top of their game, but it’s finally happening, and they’re only just getting started.
We knew it wouldn’t be too long before Feeder would finally come back around…
Check out the full set of live photos of Feeder in Leeds here!
Photography – © Danny Peart Photography