Whether you’re a Feeder fan or not, 9 times out of 10 you’ll have heard one of their songs; even if you didn’t know it. In their heyday, Feeder were branded one of the biggest bands in the UK, headlining festivals and selling out arena tours. But, when frontman Grant Nicholas took a step back to do some solo work, it left the future of the band up in the air. Thankfully, the band have made a triumphant return and are now touring the UK in support of their Best Of album which came out last year.
Feeder are veterans of the live music scene and know exactly how to pull a crowd; which if you’ve got a back-catalogue like theirs is easy. Brixton Academy is full for tonight’s sold out show and the crowd make a lot of noise as the band hit the stage. The whole set is littered with old classics, huge bangers and some newer material showing that Feeder are just as relevant in 2018 as they were decades ago. With huge sing-a-long ‘Feeling A Moment’ entering the set pretty early on, the crowd sings along almost as loudly as the band.
If tonight was just a reminder of how many fantastic songs Feeder have then they did a fantastic job. Throwing in ‘Stereo World’, ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Pushing The Senses’, each track gets a bigger and bigger reaction and even newer tracks like last years ‘Universe of Life’ has enough beef behind it to keep the crowd going with Nicholas hitting those high notes alongside the pounding drums and tugs of the bass guitar.
As the main set begins to quickly hurtle towards it’s closer, ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’ fills the venue and showcases the emotion from both band and fans that it deserves, making it a huge highlight of the evening. Of course, following this up with ‘Buck Rogers’ was always going to be a great idea and certainly gets everyone moving and screaming as the band descend from our view. Few songs achieve quite the sing-a-long that this track does and it’s worth every second.
As the band come back onstage to the eager crowd there’s plenty more to blitz through, about seven tracks in fact, including a few acoustic numbers to show the bands versatility. ‘Seven Days In The Sun’ and final track ‘Just A Day’ settle down the emotional, nostalgic marathon of a show filled with pretty much everything you could love or hold dear from Feeder.