The last time Feeder played Norwich Waterfront was at the end of 1999, when they released Paperfaces, the final single from Yesterday Went Too Soon. A lot has happened in the 13 years, the success of Echo Park and Comfort In Sound rocketed the band from the waterfront level to play huge arenas and headlining Festivals.
Tonight feels like a homecoming, Feeder used to play first The Oval then the Waterfront every few months for several years until their big chart breakthrough. In fact I first saw Feeder all the way back in 1997 at the Waterfront, when they were a more grungey rock band. Over the years their sound has mellowed, and they have turned in to an epic rock band. The set starts off with an acoustic and keyboard version of recent single ‘Children Of The Sun’ before the proper rock show starts with ‘Feeling A Moment’ and ‘Renegades’.
Feeder play an hour and a half of solid material, with the odd fault start thrown in. Despite mistakes and a few technical errors, the band have a sense of humour about everything, and the intimate setting allows them to have more interaction with the audience than the bigger stages the band have become used to.
The set mainly focuses on their new and recent albums, with Generation Freakshow only being released on Monday. The only songs that appear on the set list from the last time they played here are High from Polythene, and Insomnia from Yesterday Went Too Soon. Despite it being on the set list the band leave out My Perfect Day (to my personal disappointment). They also only play Buck Rogers from Echo Park, but finish with Just A Day from the Echo Park era.