Over the past 15 years Feeder have changed in many ways. Even back in 1997 when ‘High’ brought them crashing into the top 20 that they would become the band they are now. Back then Feeder were all about rock with melodies played in sweaty packed clubs. Over the past 11 years Grant Nicholas has matured as a songwriter, and whilst retaining the rock with melodies trademark they have also become more and more mainstream. It’s hard to imagine many of the audience at the UEA tonight would have been at any of their Norwich Oval or Waterfront gigs.
Feeder are still one of the loudest bands out there, playing at near deafering volumes. The main change has been the production, in the early days they had cheaply made videos and images projected onto white sheets, tonight they have an arena sized rig featuring LED video screens. Of course, this is because their current tour has mainly featured 3-4,000 capcity venues making the UEA seem inimate for the band.
Moving on to the music, Feeder concentrate on playing songs from recent album ‘Silent Cry’ and previous album ‘Pushing The Senses’ along with singles from all the albums. It’s hard not to feel disappointed that the 90 minute set only features three songs from the first too full albums with only High, Insonmia and Yesterday Went Too Soon played.
The audience was subdued in the way many middle of the road music lovers generally are, and only seem to get excited by Buck Rogers, Just A Day and Come Back Around, along with select singles.
It’s hard to fault Feeder on their performance, solid at all times, with Mark Richardson hitting the drums harder than any other drummer around at the moment. The addition of a keyboardist allows the band more freedom on stage, without having to play along to a sequencer as they have done for the last few years. Overall an enjoyable set, but could have done with a few more older songs to balance out the set.