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Feeder review: At their best with upbeat shout alongs

Feeder at the UEA Nick Rayns LCR. Picture: D Faulkner

Feeder at the UEA Nick Rayns LCR. Picture: D Faulkner

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As you would expect from a greatest hits tour nearly every song in Welsh rockers Feeder’s Norwich set is familiar.

There are all the power chords and ooo ooo ooos that anyone who listened to British music in the late-90s/early-2000s will remember which were respectfully received by a surprisingly packed UEA Nick Rayns LCR on a Thursday night.

Starting out with Feeling a Moment, one of the stadium rock hits which goes ooo ooo ooo, before launching into faster songs like Shatter and Insomnia there wasn’t a lot of time to catch your breath and very little chat from front-man Grant Nicholas.

While the vocals are a little quiet at first the band seemed to grow into the set and somehow managed to cram in a parade of singles into the hour and a half gig.

Although some of their biggest successes tended to be the more melodic tracks, written in the aftermath of drummer Jon Lee’s suicide, the most memorable moments of the night come from the shout-along nonsense songs.

Buck Rogers perfects the quiet-loud-quiet pattern made famous by the Pixies and Nirvana while the catchy lightheartedness of Seven Days in the Sun gives an excuse for everyone to jump around.

As does set-closer, B-side done good, Just a Day which tells the tale of a hungover day. Judging by some of those around me it might be an anthem for the morning for some.


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