Feeder have come a long way since 1992 and now they return to Dublin’s Academy venue for a brand new Irish Tour Date this August 2012 ahead of their new studio album release entitled ‘Generation Freakshow’. Music Scene is delighted to reveal that Feeder will be performing live on stage at The Academy in Dublin on Friday the 3rd of August 2012. Tickets for Feeder live at The Academy in Dublin are priced from €30 including booking fee will be on sale now through Ticketmaster and usual outlets nationwide. Click here to buy tickets for Feeder live at The Academy in Dublin this coming August 2012.
Feeder were originally formed in 1992 in Wales but the present line-up came together in London during 1995 when South Walians Grant Nicholas and Jon Lee decamped to London and found bassist Taka Hirose (from Tokyo) in the musicians ads Loot.
A mini Feeder album entitled ‘Swim’ (released Spring 1996) made a lasting impression on the UK’s rock scene – the band’s heavy guitars and melodies encapsulated within Swim’s six songs. More touring around the country followed as Feeder quickly built up a fanatical following who still follow them to this day.
A set of singles previewed the band’s debut album proper, ‘Polythene’, released in May 1997. Album Of The Year in Metal Hammer, ‘Polythene’ captured the Feeder‘s thrilling, overdriven rock sound and featured live favourites ‘Descend’ and ‘My Perfect Day’. Over that summer in 1997, Feeder played festivals across the country, featuring a new song entitled ‘High’, in their live set. This soon became the Feeder‘s anthem.
Released as a single in October 1997, ‘High’ was the band’s biggest hit – reaching #24 and receiving blanket daytime radio play.
‘High’ was ultimately patched on the ‘Polythene’ re-release, and in Spring 1998 Feeder interrupted a mammoth US tour for a set of heroic, homecoming UK shows that culminated with two nights at the Astoria in London. Heroic simply put because Grant Nicholas cracked a cheekbone halfway through the tour, but the band played on.
For the rest of 1998 Feeder continued a rigorous North American touring schedule (125 dates all in all) including countless Summer Radio Shows (the US equivalent of the UK Festival), before returning to the UK to record the second album in RAK Studios in London. ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ was mixed in early 1999 in New York by Grant and Andy Wallace, who’s previous credits had included Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ and Slayer’s ‘Reign In Blood’, amongst others.
A Spring 1999 tour (during which time Jon Lee broke his ankle, but the tour continued, of course) saw Feeder play songs from ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ for their passionate fans for the first time. Two more top forty hit singles were released before ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ entered the album charts at #7. The album saw a further advancement of Grant Nicholas’ song writing, featuring gorgeous ballads (‘Tinseltown’) explosive power pop (‘Insomnia’, ‘Waiting For Changes’) and quirky tunes (‘Day In Day Out’ and ‘Picture Of Perfect Youth’).
In October 1999, Feeder played their biggest headlining dates yet, culminating in a show at Brixton Academy.
Over the course of the year, Feeder had played in front of huge crowds on the bills of Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, Mt. Fuji Festival in Japan and the Ashton Court Festival in Bristol, which the band headlined in front of a 25,000 crowd. The year ended on another high, as the band celebrated New Years on the bill of the Manic Millennium at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff.
Feeder headlined a prestigious night at the NME Carling Premier Awards shows in London in January 2000. The band toured Australia for the first time and Jon Lee got married in Miami.
The rest of 2000 saw Grant Nicholas write their third album and the band spent the summer recording in Great Linford Manor in Buckinghamshire with Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters) at the helm. 2001 has so far been Feeder‘s best year yet. The insanely catchy ‘Buck Rogers’ entered the charts at #5, their highest chart position. It also became a bona fide radio anthem in the process. Two sets of sold out touring in March and April culminated with two shows overstuffed, celebratory shows at the London Astoria.
A second single, ‘Seven Days In The Sun’ saw Feeder travel Cape Town to record a memorable beach-based video. It provided the band with their second Top Twenty hit of the year (#14), and was swiftly followed by the release of the band’s third album ‘Echo Park’, which debuted at #5 and has swiftly sold over 100,000 copies, awarding the band a Gold Disc. Coincidentally both ‘Polythene’ and ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ have clicked over into Silver Disc territory, with total sales of over 60,000 each.
‘Echo Park’ is widely considered to be one of the most accomplished British rock albums of recent times. It’s exuberant ‘pop’ songs (‘Buck Rogers’, ‘Tell All Your Friends’) are balanced by reflective moments (‘Oxygen’, ‘Piece By Piece’) and some of Feeder‘s thrillingly heaviest stuff yet (‘Standing On The Edge’ and ‘Bug’).
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