Appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2005
The group took a welcome break in early 2007 and then started recording their new album which is due for release later this year. They will make a much awaited return to the live circuit in the summer with the first show announced being a triumphant second appearance at the Isle of Wight festival where they will headline the ‘Big Top’ on Sunday 15th June.
“When I talk about music I get so intense about it,” says Feeder’s singer/guitarist/songwriter Grant Nicholas. “I can’t help myself. I’m so passionate about it.”
This passion is what makes Feeder one of the UK’s best and most popular rock bands. It can be heard, and felt, in the songs that make up their new album ‘The Singles’, a career retrospective that reaches back to 1997 and brings the Feeder story right up to date with three brand new tracks: ‘Save Us’, ‘Burn The Bridges’ and the new single ‘Lost & Found’.
Formed in 1992 by Grant and drummer Jon Lee – two friends from South Wales – Feeder began their steady rise in 1995 after moving to London and recruiting Japanese bassist Taka Hirose. With a powerful and emotive modern rock sound that drew comparison to such critically acclaimed artists as The Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies and Talk Talk, Feeder built a strong fanbase with their debut mini-album ‘Swim’ (1996) and first album proper ‘Polythene’ (1997).
When their second album ‘Yesterday Too Soon’ entered the UK chart at number seven in 1999, it was clear that Feeder had arrived. And the next album, ‘Echo Park’, did even better, peaking at number five in 2001. The band were firmly in the ascendancy when the unthinkable happened. On January 7, 2002, Jon Lee took his own life. Six months later, Grant stated: “We’re carrying on because I think it’s what Jon would have wanted. It just seems tragic to give up now.”
The decision was vindicated with the album ‘Comfort In Sound’, a set of emotionally charged songs, praised by The Guardian as possessing “an unquenchable spirit.” With ex-Skunk Anansie drummer Mark Richardson on drums, Feeder had come through the darkest of times.
The passion for music that Grant talks about has kept them going. It’s always been there, from the band’s earliest days, through all the highs and lows. It was there in Feeder’s most recent album, the graceful and reflective ‘Pushing The Senses’, which reached number two in the UK in 2005. And it’s there in the new songs included on ‘The Singles’; songs that, in Grant’s words, “hint at where we’re going.”
Feeder have sold 3.5 million albums and have appeared as special guests of U2, REM, Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones all over the world. The band have played countless headlining tours and triumphed at all the major festivals – several appearances will be announced soon for summer 2006. And there’s much more to come. ‘The Singles’ celebrates the past and points to the future of a band whose belief in their music is undeniable.
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