Feeder - The Roundhouse, London
It came as a huge shock when I realised it had been ten years since I last saw Feeder live, not since the two nights at the Astoria in support of Echo Park back in 2001; tonight was all about going back and reliving those teenage dreams. In that time, their choice of support bands still hasn’t improved (anyone remember My Vitriol?); first up tonight is a thankfully brief set from Cape Fear, a mindlessly dull four piece ploughing a drab furrow already well trodden by the likes of Elbow and Coldplay in recent years alone. Morning Parade are a far more interesting proposition on the face of things, unleashing a strange cross of new century indie and European dance; unfortunately the charade is not always maintained, and they frequently descend into banal jangly indie.
And so we come to the reason we are all here; downstairs is rammed, and just a few seats remain in the rafters as Feeder hit the stage and launch into a frenetic ‘Home’. But it isn’t until golden oldie ‘Insomnia’ from the seminal Yesterday Went Too Soon that the set really begins, a perfect slice of pop rock that ignites the Roundhouse with such an energy that the band (mostly) keeps stoked for the rest of the night. The recent material from the Renegades album stacks up very well live tonight, with ‘Sentimental’ in particular having a rawness and power that reminds me of that band I so adored a decade ago; this only serves to highlight the sacrifices Feeder made for mainstream gains with tracks like ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’ and ‘Feeling A Moment’ with their vapid guitar lines and simple choruses.
It might have signalled the beginning of their downfall for most of us older Feeder fans, but the sight of the entire venue bouncing up and down, from the front row to those at the back of the circle, as ‘Buck Rogers’ reverberates around is a hell of a sight to behold, and is quite definitely the highlight of the show. We old-timers are not completely forgotten however, as the anthemic ‘High’ from the Polythene era is very welcome addition, and still receives a rapturous reception and ensures a collective sing-along to the massive chorus.
The encore is a mixed bunch tonight; ‘Tumble And Fall’ still seems a bit of a bore, and it appears that I’m hardly the only one tonight to think this. But to follow up we get a sneak peak of the new album with ‘Borders’, a track with such an unmistakable Echo Park vibe to it that you’d be forgiven it was a forgotten b-side from back then. The distinctive opening to ‘Just A Day’ sends the place bonkers for one last time as it seems everyone knows all the words, no matter how long it has been since some of us have heard it. A cover of Nirvana’s ‘Breed’ is a slightly odd choice to end the night given the wealth of heavier songs of their own that could have done the same if not a better job, but is a competent if slightly unspectacular version.
Feeling A Moment
Pushing The Senses
Back To The River
Just The Way I'm Feeling
Seven Days In The Sun
Come Back Around
Lost And Found
Tumble And Fall
Just A Day