Having released their tenth studio album ‘Tallulah’ into the world back in August, Welsh rockers Feeder made a triumphant return to Manchester last weekend, with not one but two nights at the hauntingly beautiful Albert Hall. We were there for the first night and after being wowed by their last Manchester gig over at Academy 1, our expectations were high.
As the lights went down and a vibrant ‘FEEDER’ appeared displayed across the screen at the back of the stage, the crowd went wild and the chants began. The band kicked off proceedings with ‘Youth’ – the opening track from ‘Tallulah’ that packs one hell of a punch. Though front man Grant Nicholas described the night to be “all about new music”, the band didn’t forget the hits and within the first 15 minutes, the crowd had bounced throughout the boisterous ‘Lost & Found’ and screamed alongside Grant’s stunning vocals during ‘Feeling A Moment’.
The band played nine songs from ‘Tallulah’ in total and if it wasn’t up there as one of our favourite albums of the year before the gig (spoiler alert – it was) then it certainly is now. From the scuzzy nature of ‘Kyoto’ to the melancholic ‘Guillotine’, the album well and truly soared in a live setting as the band triumphantly ploughed through their two hour long set.
One of the best things about seeing Feeder is that within the varied set lists that they continuously offer, are always a few lesser-played gems and this time that gem was ‘Turn’ from the 2001 released ‘Echo Park’ album. Sounding fresher than ever and receiving a positive response from the adoring crowd, it’d be a shame if it didn’t make frequent appearances in future sets.
If ever a song didn’t need an introduction, it’d be ‘High’ – described by Grant to be the song that put Feeder on the map, it received one of the biggest sing-along’s of the night and highlighted both Feeder’s relevance on the scene twenty years after the release of their debut album, ‘Polythene’, as well as the strength of the crowds adoration for them. Though it wasn’t just the crowd expressing adoration and it was heart-warming to see Grant and bassist Taka Hirose in particular grinning at each other throughout the set, falling about laughing when Grant teased the crowd with the chords and first line of ‘Seven Days in the Sun’, before discovering via Taka informed him that he’d misread the set list.
Ending the main set with the anthemic ‘Buck Rogers’, the band’s encore consisted of their emotive new single ‘Blue Sky Blue’ and the uplifting ‘Just a Day’. Despite having been in the game for over thirty years, Feeder were as tight as ever and with the success of ‘Tallulah’, we’re already looking forward to seeing what they have in store for 2020.