Feeder are an alternative rock band, formed in Newport, Wales during 1992 by lead singer, songwriter and lead guitarist lead guitar Grant Nicholas and drummer Drum kit Jon Lee Jon Lee (drummer) . Bass guitarist Bass guitar Taka Hirose joined later.
Feeder first saw mainstream success from their third album Echo Park Echo Park (album) (2001), and its first single "Buck Rogers Buck Rogers (song) " which also became their first top 10 hit. Feeder have won two Kerrang! Awards The Kerrang! Awards in 2001 and 2003 for "Best British Live Act" and "Best British Band", as well as charting 24 singles UK singles chart and eight albums UK albums chart , with combined sales of over one million units. They are launching a side project band called Renegades Renegades (band) on their own Big Teeth Music label, after Echo The Echo Label ceased existence as a label. During this time Feeder are on hold, but announced they will resume in the future.
At the age of 14, singer and guitarist Grant Nicholas joined a band called 'Sweet Leaf', named after a Black Sabbath song and were the first band he had seen play live. At this time Japanese bassist Taka Hirose and drummer Jon Lee were playing in different covers bands, but did not know each other at the time. Both of these bands failed to win a recording contract, with the sound of the latter once being compared by Grant with that of The Waterboys. A track from the demo entitled "Don't Bring Me Down", appeared as a b-side on the "Day in Day Out" single and is also a different version.
Early releases (1995–1996)
Feeder's first official release was a two-track EP entitled Two Colours Two Colours EP , released in 1995 which was only available at the band's early gigs. It was limited to 1,500 CDs and 1,000 7" vinyls. In 1996, the band released their first commercially available release, being the EP Swim Swim (EP) and received a 4/5 review in Kerrang! magazine (KKKK). Swim was later re-released in July 2001 Swim (Feeder album) with extra tracks, being a selection of b-sides from their earlier singles, alongside the videos for the Polythene Polythene (album) singles "Crash Crash (Feeder song) " and "Cement Cement (song) ". Overall unit sales for Swim stand at 40,000 as of February 2005.
Shortly before the release of Swim, a cassette tape titled Two Tracker was given away free with the magazines Kerrang! and Edge and contained the tracks "Sweet 16" and "Waterfall". The latter was described on the inlay card, as one of the tracks that would be on their forthcoming debut album proper, with the working title Here in the Bubble (whose name was soon changed to Polythene). The photography for the inlay of Swim was produced by Grant himself, while Chris Sheldon produced the recordings. The band released "Stereo World" as its only single, after appearing at the Reading festival Reading and Leeds festivals .
was Feeder's debut album, released in 1997 and voted by the writers of Metal Hammer as their best album of that year.
After building a strong fanbase with the release of Swim, the band released their first full-length album in 1997. The result Polythene, was voted the #87 best British rock album of all-time by Kerrang! magazine readers in January 2005. The album also won critical acclaim from Metal Hammer and Kerrang!, who placed the album at first and sixth in their respective end of year lists. Two tracks from Swim were used for the album, being "Descend" and "Stereoworld". Topping the Metal Hammer list seen the album finish five places above Urban Hymns by The Verve, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums of all-time.
After the recording sessions were completed, the album's first single "Tangerine Tangerine (Feeder song) " was released and charted at #60 in the UK charts. This was followed by "Cement", charting at #53 and then the release of the album which charted at #65. Two more singles were released before and after their main stage debut at the Reading festival of 1997, with "Crash" making number #48, while "High High (Feeder song) " charted at number #24.
The album as of March 2003, has been certified silver Music recording sales certification by the BPI British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 60,000 units, with total sales of 89,000 as of February 2005. They also re-issued the album in October 1997, with "High" included and the "Stereo World" b-side "Change" replacing "Waterfall" from the original tracklist. Also included as an enhanced element was the video for "High". The album caused many critics to label the band "The UK's answer to the Smashing Pumpkins", and also draw comparisons to The Pixies and Talk Talk.
In early 1998, following the band's final 1997 tour in support of Polythene, the band travelled to the United States as a support act for Everclear Everclear (band) . During their U.S. tour, the band released a re-worked version of "Suffocate Suffocate (Feeder song) " for UK release, which charted at #37. After their return to the UK, they played their own headline tour with Everclear this time in the supporting position. During the bands first U.S. tour, Grant broke his ankle and picked up other injuries, while finding it hard to sleep at nights. This inspired him to write "Insomnia Insomnia (Feeder song) ", which later appeared on their second album. Grant once said in an interview with Kerrang!, that he was considering bringing in another guitarist for their live gigs.
Yesterday Went Too Soon (1999)
For 1999's Yesterday Went Too Soon, the band decided to self-produce the album, brought in Matt Sime for engineering duties and had the album mixed in New York by Andy Wallace Andy Wallace (producer) . "Dry" was re-recorded as a full band version after the original acoustic version appeared on "Suffocate" as a b-side. That single's b-sides featured tracks from the sessions for that album, therefore revealing what sort of direction it would take on. The working title for the album was originally A Life Through Headphones, The name change was due to former Take That singer Robbie Williams releasing his solo debut album Life Thru a Lens, with the band not wanting to be compared to him.
When the album was released, the band's reputation was on the rise and it entered the UK charts at number eight, which was at the time an unexpected chart position for the band. Before that, the band had released the album's first single, "Day in Day Out", in March 1999 which charted at #31 followed by "Insomnia" at #22, resulting in their first appearance on Top of the Pops. A week before the album's release, the band played the main stage of the Reading and Leeds festivals, while the title track Yesterday Went Too Soon (song) from the album was at #20 in the singles chart. The album was then released on 30 August 1999. Only one single was lifted from the album after its release, in which a re-recorded version of "Paperfaces" charted at #41.
Some of the album's lyrical themes were derived from Grant's personal perspective of working in a menial supermarket job on a daily basis ("Day In Day Out"), his experiences after gigs on their US tour ("Insomnia" and "You're My Evergreen"), past relationships (the title track and "Dry"), the music industry ("Hole in My Head") and "fear of commitment in relationships" ("Anaesthetic") amongst others. Musically, the album employed an indie rock feel to it, which also featured extended appearances of an acoustic guitar on some of its tracks.
The album was due for release in June, but this was delayed until August to include material written after its completion which the band felt was too good to leave off. Upon its release, the UK music press immediately warmed to the album, with Rob Fitzpatrick, then of Melody Maker, writing "an absolute stormer it is. Unmissable. Absolutely." The album also received the magazine's Album of the Week accolade. This enthusiasm was shared by Metal Hammer, who awarded the album a 10/10 mark. while Metal Hammer placed the album in at #6 and Kerrang! ranked it at #16.
Grant wrote "Buck Rogers Buck Rogers (song) " with The Pixies as an influence, but "on a comic book level". He had originally written the track for another band Echo Park producer Gil Norton was working with, but decided not to give it away, as he felt Feeder could have a hit with it themselves. "Buck Rogers Buck Rogers (song) " still receives airplay on radio station XFM, and in 2004 was voted their 25th best single of all-time.
After a sell-out tour of two legs ending at the London Astoria, the album Echo Park entered and peaked at number five in the UK album charts, shortly after "Seven Days in the Sun", the album's second single charted at #14. A third single, "Turn Turn (Feeder song) " reached #27 before festival season. "Just a Day", a b-side from "Seven Days in the Sun", later reached #12. The response the album received on a critical level was mixed, with Dan Genroe of Q magazine claiming that the listener will still be "feeling hungry half an hour later", alongside suggesting that the album is "hard to love". alongside suggesting that the album is "fat free and stripped to the bone". while being lyrically focused on a comedic approach, like with "Seven Days in the Sun", but also dark emotions, such as those shown on "Turn", "Oxygen", and "Satellite News". It was during the campaign for Echo Park that the band played another slot on the main stage at the Reading and Leeds festival, including T in the Park. As of August 2003, the album has shipped 300,000 units in the UK going platinum Music recording sales certification , with counter sales standing at 293,000 as of February 2005. before ending the year supporting the Stereophonics, and then releasing the "Just a Day" single in December. The video in April 2004, was voted the 14th best rock video of all time by Kerrang! TV viewers. Two years later XFM listeners voted "Just a Day" as their 48th best single of all-time.
Jon's death and Comfort in Sound (2002–2003)
on St David's Day in 2003.
In January 2002, Jon Lee committed suicide in his Miami Miami, Florida home, The album focused mainly on themes such as loss, depression, grievance and positivity, while dedicating "Quickfade" to Jon. The album was released in October of the same year to widespread critical acclaim in the British United Kingdom music press, with Kerrang! stating that "Comfort in Sound harnesses the anthemic appeal of a latter day U2... and a quality that propels Feeder from the confines of the everyday into the neighbourhood of everyman..." and giving the album their Album of the Week award, alongside the heavy rock magazine Metal Hammer giving the album the similar accolade of Album of the Month while stating that it was "an album they should rightfully be proud of...". with an estimated 436,000 units sold as of February 2005. The album charted at #98 in Japan and #28 in Ireland Republic of Ireland , beating the peak position of #57 that Echo Park managed during the previous year. In Japan, it would be the first time Feeder ever charted there.
It’s one of the best songs I’ve done, but we nearly didn’t do it. I wrote it right at the end of making Comfort in Sound, and our producer Gil Norton said he wasn’t sure we really needed another mid-tempo song. But when we played it, we all thought that it definitely did have something. Lyrically it’s quite dark but it’s still an uplifting song. This was the single that really made the album a success. It’s the kind of song I’d like us to be remembered for. — Grant Nicholas on the second Comfort in Sound single, "Just the Way I'm Feeling". with "Godzilla" being one of two tracks on the album to use loud guitars. The album was their first release to be certified platinum, In reaction to this, the band were invited to the Glastonbury Festival being placed third on the last day, playing the "Pyramid Stage". Shortly after the release of the single, the band were invited to support Coldplay on their UK and European tour Europe , due to their frontman Chris Martin often saying how much he liked the Comfort in Sound album and their live shows. Three years after their arena tour, Grant himself said in an interview with Metro Metro (Associated Metro Limited) newspaper, that their headline show at Wembley Arena was the band's biggest achievement, in which they sold 10,000 tickets.
The album's final single, being the title track Comfort in Sound (song) , was only available to buy as a limited edition of 3,000 CD's on their 2003 arena tour. Four singles were released commercially, with those being "Come Back Around" (#14), "Just the Way I'm Feeling" (#10), "Forget About Tomorrow" (#12), and "Find the Colour" (#24), which was released following their V2003 appearance and Kerrang! award win for "Best British Band", beating competition from Muse Muse (band) and the Stereophonics, which Grant dedicated to Jon saying it was the award he had always wanted the band to win. The band later went on to win an Internet Music Award for their "Just The Way I'm Feeling" video, while the album became their first to appear on the end of year top 75 album charts, appearing at #66. The albums commercial reception, helped Echo experience their most successful financial year. Feeder then received their only nomination to date at The BRIT Awards, in which they appeared in the "Best British Rock" category at the 2004 2004 in British music event, before making their only appearance in the charts that year as part of Bob Geldof's Band Aid 20 charity ensemble. The single was the Christmas number one, and became the year's biggest-selling UK single.
Pushing the Senses (2004–2005)
performing with Feeder at the Islington Academy Carling Academy Islington , promoting the Pushing The Senses album, as part of the XFM live session series.
Feeder returned to the studio to record their fifth album Pushing the Senses. The album was seen by Grant as more of an extension to Comfort in Sound, as it focused on the same lyrical themes and musical styles, and also said that it had more of an organic sound, with more upbeat tracks added into the mix. It also seen a number of piano driven tracks, with "Frequency" being an example. "Frequency" was produced by Coldplay producer Ken Nelson Ken Nelson (British record producer) , while for the rest of the album, Gil Norton was on production duties.
The album was Feeder's highest charting release, at number two on the UK album chart selling 42,951 units in its first week, Press response to the album was mixed, with Paul Brannigan of Q Q Magazine describing it as "An album that could finally establish Feeder as major league players", while Chris Heath of Dotmusic dismissed the album, saying "Pushing the Senses is by no means soppy, but Feeder's young fanbase might need some convincing". Kerrang! were brutal towards the band for all of their review, with Ben Meyers referring to them as a "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter In Utero ", including comparisons to a "Pastel box". A year later the album was marked as "Avoid" in a round-up of the bands material, which included the usual Coldplay and Keane Keane (band) comparisons the album suffered on release. Grant later said in a documentary with Kerrang! Radio that he was "Pissed off Anger " with the review their magazine counterpart gave them, while citing "It was a very unfair review and reviewed by the wrong person", alongside stating that if another journalist did it they would have had a much better result.
Its funny, I don't even particularly like that song, I've always thought I was a pretty dark songwriter, and what do I finally get known for?. A throwaway pop song. But I really shouldn't complain, should I?. If it wasn't for "Buck Rogers", I probably wouldn't be here talking to you now. — Grant Nicholas talking about "Buck Rogers Buck Rogers (song) " in a 2005 2005 in British music edition of Q magazine.
The album helped them win a headline slot at the Download Festival, shortly before supporting U2 for a brief period on their Vertigo Tour, which was followed by an appearance at the Live 8 concert in Edinburgh (the second charity event the band played that year after Tsunami Relief Cardiff). The campaign in total spawned four UK top 40 singles, which included "Shatter Shatter / Tender ", a reworked version of the "Tumble and Fall" b-side that became a double A-side A-side and B-side#Double_A-side with "Tender" (#11). Other singles included "Tumble and Fall" (top five), "Feeling A Moment" (#13), and "Pushing The Senses" (#30). "Tender" and "Shatter" both featured on the European release of the Russian film Night Watch; a fan-petition had been launched to see its release as a single in its own right. The album was after ten weeks on sales of 111,214 units, 22 percent ahead of Comfort in Sound at that stage. However, the album did not keep up this momentum while also not going platinum. The last reported sales were that of 160,183 in October of the same year, which fell below Echo's expectations. It is however the bands most successful record based on peak chart positions in each country of release, while also being their only album so far to spawn a charting single outside of the UK and Ireland when "Feeling a Moment" peaked at #32 in Australia. Feeder already at the time charted three top 50 singles in Ireland Republic of Ireland , with "Tumble and Fall" being their first and only top 40 to date reaching a peak position of #26. The album itself made the Irish top 20 artist album chart at #16, one week before its UK release. Soon afterwards in a Kerrang! interview, Grant said that the interviewer misquoted him. He said the next album would be Feeder's last album on their current deal with Echo, before deciding to either re-sign or look for a new label.
Feeder would end the year seeing their then latest album appear at #39 on Q's end of year list, with "Feeling a Moment" voted the 98th best song of the year by its readers, However, the previous day they were forced to postpone a winter tour, after Grant picked up bleeds on his vocal cords. During the year, Feeder's domestic studio album sales passed the one million units mark. "Lost and Found Lost and Found (Feeder song) " (which Grant described as "an urban love song" The album reached number two on the UK albums chart with first week sales of 50,003 entering at number three, and was certified platinum in under three months, The album also made the top ten in Europe with a debut top 40 peak in Japan at #37, while "Save Us" was its second and final single in the UK, charting at #34 in late July. A version of the album included a DVD of all their videos filmed up to that point, along with extensive sleevenotes by Ben Johncock, a freelance author and writer. The album became only their second to appear on the end of year top 75 this time at #48, while becoming their first album to spend more than one week on the top 10. Sales of The Singles, alongside a series of changes at Echo making them into an "Incubator label", enabled the company to report a "modest profit" for 2006.
Feeder returned to the Reading and Leeds festivals after a four year break, having a late slot on the main stage, before ending the year with a small tour of London, playing The Roundhouse, and The Coronet. Two of these three gigs saw guest appearances from The Sugababes and Jamelia, which were in aid of War Child War Child (charity) who the band are patrons of, having earlier in the year visited The Congo Democratic Republic of Congo as part of their work for the charity.
Silent Cry (2007-2008)
, Grant Nicholas and Dean Tidey at the Bristol Thekla The Thekla in 2008.
In 2007 Feeder returned to the studio to record their sixth album. Most of the year was spent on the recording, and in 2006 the band announced in an interview with XFM that the album would be reminiscent of their earlier material. The album Silent Cry was released on the 16 June 2008.
Although the album pleased many fans, it was met with mixed reviews by critics, with Metacritic aggregating a mark of 56/100 from all reviews featured, only four marks higher than the 52/100 given to Pushing the Senses, which both indicate "Mixed or average reviews".
On its release week the album charted at number eight. In its second week the album then fell to number 30, with a third week drop to number 60 before leaving the top 75 albums listing. In Japan it peaked at #53 which is currently higher than all their studio albums, but lower than the peak of The Singles. As of December 2008, sales of Silent Cry stand at less than 50,000 units, less than was what hoped for by their label. Shortly after album release, the band recorded a cover of Public Image Ltd's 1978 self-titled single "Public Image", for a compilation album to celebrate Independents Day which celebrated independently released music. The second single from Silent Cry was Feeder's first download-only single, consisting of "Tracing Lines Tracing Lines / Silent Cry " and the album's title track which failed to make the charts. In an interview with Rocksound Rock Sound .TV, Grant said that he has already been writing for the bands seventh studio album.
In May 2008, the band played a small eight date tour to promote the album to the fanbase, which sold out in six hours. This was followed by a one-off gig on 12 June at the Proud Galleries in Camden Camden town , which sold out in six minutes. The band then went on to play at the iTunes iTunes store festival in July, which seen a live six-track EP ITunes Live: London Festival '08 release of their performance, before playing the 2008 Reading and Leeds festivals in August, on the main stage placed fourth. However, Slipknot Slipknot (band) after dropping out, were replaced by Bring Me the Horizon for the Reading leg, meaning Feeder were moved up to third spot. In July the band played at T in the Park, with an appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival the month previous. In 2008, the band also introduced live keyboard player Dean Deavall, of the band Casino Casino (band) .
In October 2008 during their 29 date UK tour, the band's crew bus caught fire on the M62 motorway whilst travelling between Glasgow and Lincoln Lincoln, Lincolnshire , destroying it and the crew's personal items along with some of the tour merchandise. It was also announced by Chrysalis Chrysalis Group later on in the year, that Echo have been restructured into a copyright exploitation company, in which its main duty is maintaining the copyright on existing releases while no longer releasing any new records or signing any more artists. Mark was replaced by session drummer Karl Brazil who had just come off tour with James Blunt, and had also played drums for British band Ben's Brother. It was then later announced that they would be appearing at the Hevy Festival in Folkestone. After the tour was completed, another six date tour was shortly announced with the band this time playing bigger venues. Another EP was released to coincide with the tour, which included a further four new songs with one of these being titled "Home"; one of the new songs the band performed on their first tour under this alias. In response to fan claims if Feeder will continue as Renegades, it has been announced that they will resume as Feeder, alongside citing that "this is the loud, uninhibited and exhilarated sound of Feeder doing what they want without a care in the world".'Award shows'
'Silver, gold and platinum records'
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