Live – Modern Nature + Aoife Nessa Frances at The Green Door Store

Modern Nature / Aoife Nessa Frances at The Green Door Store, Brighton, 3rd March 2020  

Modern Nature is the meeting of minds of Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting/Mazes), Will Young (BEAK>) plus Woods’ Aaron Neveu and Sunwatchers’ Jeff Tobias. Their music is inspired by the juxtaposition of urban and rural living, their name by a Derek Jarman book. Perhaps unsurprisingly then, they have created something that’s hard to compare along with a sense of interest and intrigue. On Tuesday they visited Brighton to play to a packed Green Door Store.

Travelling from Dublin for support duties, Aoife Nessa Frances and her band brought an abundance of psych-folk melodies, mixing light and dark in the music and lyrics. Aoife’s vocal is pleasantly hypnotic, not the same but perhaps in the same field as contemporaries Cate Le Bon and Gwenno. Her debut album Land of No Junction is well worth a listen.

It’s often a source of perplexity that people go to gigs then provide their own background chat to accompany the music. Something in the atmosphere of Modern Nature’s set from start to finish clearly dissuaded anyone from doing so and it was an absolute pleasure to only hear the band.

Playing through their album How to Live, their musicianship is obvious but understated. Soft vocals meet frenzied sax solos head on, complimented by a seamless transference between guitars, keys, drums and occasional maracas. There are hints of psychedelia, folk, electronica and the Bowie/Eno collaborations of the late 70s. Often the songs run into each other with the barest of gaps and still the crowd remain entranced, only adding their voices in appreciation. When it’s getting late and well into the set, Jack contemplates how many more songs they can fit in and asks ‘What’s the time?’ ‘Half seven!’ is the hopeful response.

Modern Nature have found a niche that draws in lots of different musical tastes. The Brighton show was a resounding success and they look sure to keep building their reputation as word spreads.

You can keep up with news from both artists here:
Modern Nature    Aoife Nessa Frances

Words and photos by Siobhan

6th March 2020

Live – Dry Cleaning + Pozi at The Green Door Store

Dry Cleaning / Pozi at The Green Door Store, Brighton, 28th February 2020 

Despite a strictly bare minimum online presence, the buzz around Dry Cleaning is such that they are still selling out venues on their current tour and look to be headed for much bigger audiences.

Support for the evening came from London trio Pozi, an implausible yet effective stab at post-punk via the medium of drums, bass and violin, with all three band members taking vocals at points. Their sound has a feel of Buzzcocks meets Television and is certainly worth a return listen. Intriguing.

Things have moved on rapidly for Dry Cleaning, whose spoken word lyrics maintain a dark humour running throughout. Their released EPs have been snapped up and there is much anticipation for a debut album. Since their last visit to Brighton they have undoubtedly tightened up their sound and play with a more obvious confidence. With cassette tapes and handwritten lyrics clustered front of stage, there is a sense of nostalgia coupled with the contemporary  structure and content of their songs that makes for quite compulsive listening and viewing. It’s going to be interesting to see what path they take next; they certainly had the crowd in the palm of their hands here.

You can find both bands here:
Dry Cleaning    Pozi

Words and photos by Siobhan

2nd March 2020

Live – Lynks Afrikka + Speedboat at The Rossi Bar

Lynks Afrikka / Speedboat at The Rossi Bar, Brighton, 26th February 2020

With a growing live reputation and an impressive collection of repurposed ripped denim, Lynks Afrikka played their first Brighton show in The Rossi Bar’s basement, making a huge impression and surely paving the way for many invitations to return.

Setting the evening off with a completely different but no less impressive tone, local duo Speedboat took the support slot, their guitar/synth mix evocative of the 80s’ penchant for overcoat-laden bedsit ballads for the indie pack. It’s easy to see why they’re becoming a mainstay of the Brighton circuit and upcoming shows in Europe will no doubt spread the Speedboat message to a whole new set of fans.

Hurtling straight into an animated version of Don’t take it Personal with some classy dance moves to match, Lynks Afrikka showed how to make an entrance in style. With a now packed room engaged from the start, the set never stopped gaining momentum with high kicks and hair flicks aplenty, taking in crowd favourites On Trend and How to make a Bechamel Sauce in 10 Steps (yes, there were pictures and singalongs of ‘Continue adding milk…’). Like a warped electro-trash mash up of The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentleman, Lynks Afrikka brings maximum impact and total immersion, a glitter frenzied party from start to finish. Let’s hope for more live dates soon.

Catch up with both acts via the links here:
Lynks Afrikka    Speedboat

Words and photos by Siobhan

28th February 2020

 

Live – Rosie Alena + Number 9 + Temples of Youth + Beau Curtis at The Wave Maiden

Rosie Alena / Number 9 / Temples of Youth / Beau Curtis, The Wave Maiden Southsea, 8th February 2020

Selling out her first headline show outside London, Rosie Alena and her band filled Southsea’s The Wave Maiden on Saturday night, a welcome exchange from the approaching storm outside. With three support acts, there was an eclectic mix of music on display, all well attended and received.

First up an unconventional string duo offering from Beau Curtis, setting up the atmosphere nicely with a laid back package of songs that a Leonard Cohen fan might be keen to hear.

Next, Temples of Youth took to the stage with a new fuller sound that compliments their accomplished dream-pop tunes. You can get a flavour of how their music has developed from their Live Lounge session with BBC Introducing Solent here. 

Despite the gremlins attacking with some technical difficulties, local psych-pop/rock outfit Number 9 played a great set bringing, as always, an updated stylised nod to the 60s. Full marks for maintaining the blazer/polo neck combo in a venue that gets increasingly hotter throughout the evening too.

London based singer-songwriter Rosie Alena has been creating quite a storm since the recent release of her debut single Mixed Messages. Its hypnotic vocals and smooth backing track wouldn’t be out of place in a Twin Peaks remake and it’s clear that Rosie can easily reproduce the sound live. Along with her band she gave a performance that pretty much stopped everyone in their tracks – keep an eye out for what she does next as this could be the start of something big.

You can find more from each of the artists via the links here:

Rosie Alena    Number 9    Temples of Youth    Beau Curtis

Words and photos by Siobhan

10th February 2020

Live – Fast Trains + VCR + Marley Blandford at The Loft

Fast Trains / VCR / Marley Blandford, The Loft Southsea, 1st February 2020

Fresh from a successful debut slot at Icebreaker Festival, Fast Trains’ first headline show took place at the weekend to a capacity crowd at The Loft.

Opening support came from singer-songwriter Marley Blandford, offering up a stack of beautifully toned original songs plus a one man and his guitar version of Bohemian Rhapsody to close. Anyone who can induce a singalong to this track without veering into Wayne’s World territory is clearly doing something right; check out his tunes and if you can’t quite remember the name, it’s ‘Marley as in Bob Marley, Blandford as in boring car’.

Second support of the night came from indie-rock quartet VCR. In the past year the band have won the 2019 Youth Music Best Original Track Award for their song Circles and been busy on the local live scene. They picked the pace up nicely, playing an energy filled set, even managing to switch up their usual roles to allow some rapping from the drummer. More live dates and new music are on the cards for 2020.

And so to Fast Trains, the brainchild of Tom Wells playing here with a full band to add an extra dimension to the songs in a live setting. As the warm melodies of Measure by Measure fill the room, it feels like we’re watching a much longer established act, the work that has gone into producing the tracks is obvious and there’s a happy mix of tempo and momentum across the set. It must feel good to play your first gigs to rooms packed full of support – in return the Fast Trains experience lets you temporarily forget that it’s raining outside and just enjoy the summery 60s’ feel of the music and atmosphere. If you don’t get a chance sooner, you can catch Fast Trains performing at Psyched Fest on 2nd May. In the meantime, take a look at the brilliantly matched music and animation created for the project so far.

Keep up with the latest news from all three acts via the links here
Fast Trains  /  VCR  /  Marley Blandford

Words and photos by Siobhan

4th February 2020

Live – Indoor Pets + Gloo + Speakerfreak at The Factory Live

Indoor Pets / Gloo / Speakerfreak, The Factory Live Worthing, 31st January 2020

With so many independent venues closing down it’s great to see things going against the trend in Worthing with a new purpose built live music and club venue in the shape of The Factory Live. Fittingly, on Friday it played host to a trio of bands playing as part of Independent Venue Week – an initiative that continues to promote and support music venues, culminating in a week long celebration of gigs across the country.

First up for this one, locals Speakerfreak pulled in a good early crowd with some clear grunge and indie influences in their material. Busy gigging and with new music in the offing, next up they play a support slot for Dirty Hit protégés King Nun in Brighton on 10th February.

From just along the coast in Littlehampton, grunge-punk trio Gloo are well established on the local live circuit and showed exactly why that’s the case with a tight set of songs old and new, an undercurrent of a sped up version of The Hives shining through the vocal and guitar riffs. Already booked for 2000 Trees in the summer, keep an eye out for more live dates coming through.

Having taken a short break, headliners Indoor Pets are back with a vengeance. Often compared to the likes of Weezer and Hooton Tennis Club, the band seem to have cranked things up a notch and kept energy levels on and off stage high throughout. A confident performance and a batch of certified singalong indie-pop tracks received a warm welcome from the crowd as the band noted that they’d never played in Worthing before. Hopefully, a lot more artists who fall into the same boat will consider stopping off here now that there’s a decent sized venue for them to play at.

Keep up with the latest news from all 3 bands via the links here:
Indoor Pets  /  Gloo   /  Speakerfreak

Words and photos by Siobhan

3rd February 2020

Icebreaker Festival, 2020 (Winter)

Icebreaker Festival, Southsea, 25th January 2020

Drawing a long, cold January towards its conclusion, Icebreaker Festival was back with a bang at the weekend, offering up another huge variety of live music from the freshest faces on the local and national scenes. Filling up The Wedgewood Rooms and a fine selection of pubs along Southsea’s Albert Road and Elm Grove, this year’s event certainly seemed to be the busiest so far with crowded rooms from early till late – brilliant to see so much support for new artists and independent venues as always.

Icebreaker is a great place to discover bands and singers who you haven’t seen before; this year starting with some sunny sax-filled pop tunes from Yasmin Natasha at the Edge of the Wedge while next door, Bella Estelle opened up the Wedgewood Rooms’ stage with a confident set full of big pop-rock songs, setting the tone for some huge performances over the day.

Along the road at the Wine Vaults, it was a pleasure to catch the chilled, soulful sounds of The Isle of CC – definitely one to watch.

Doing Littlehampton proud (and it’s usually only the cafe on the beach that can say that), Gloo took the volume up a level or five with their crashing punk antidote to traditional seaside living, making a big impact on the main stage audience.

A scoop for Icebreaker as Fast Trains played their debut at the festival – lots of local support on display for the already award winning project from Tom Wells, ex of Kassassin Street, bringing along some familiar faces to play with him on the day. An accomplished first performance boding well for the future.

Every time LibraLibra play they seem to up their game and another stand out set left the crowd in awe once again. Fabulous to see them on a bigger stage, their heartfelt punk-glam hybrid is just captivating. A very smart booking for any festival – can’t really recommend them highly enough.

Another two bands who are both firm favourites on the local festival scene, Drusila gave their usual energy filled performance and The Howlers never disappoint live – check them both out if you have the chance.

Locals The Stone Birds’ reputation is steadily building and they  definitely squeezed one of the biggest crowds of the day into the Wine Vaults. Their blend of 60s’ tinged blues and rock sets them apart from a lot of other new bands and, with new music and live dates pending, it will be interesting to see how things develop for them. Certainly on this occasion the big crowd was well deserved.

Closing the Edge of the Wedge stage, Currls brought some solid indie grunge tracks and a fitting party atmosphere to end the night on a high note.

Hot on the heels of this weekend’s success, Icebreaker have announced that there will be a new summer event – stick a star on 18th July in your diary and keep an eye on the website for updates…

More from Icebreaker here

Words and photos by Siobhan

28th January 2020

Live – Adam Thorn at The Globe at Hay

Adam Thorn / Nick Thorn – The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 18th January 2020

Nestled away in the foothills of the Black Mountains, the Globe at Hay features some of the best local and national unseen talent. On Saturday night it welcomed Adam Thorn, a Welsh singer-songwriter studying a popular music degree in Gloucestershire. Adam’s soulful and acoustic music taste is highlighted in much of his original material and it’s clear to see as he takes inspiration from the likes of Lewis Watson, Nick Mulvey and Lewis Calpaldi. In addition to his headline gig Adam invited his father, Nick Thorn, as support and it’s clear where Adam gets his talented musical genes from!

As Adam continues to write and perform as a solo act, he also produces the lead vocals and guitar for Northern Ruins, a Welsh band who recently took to the main stage of the famous Young People’s Village in the summer of 2019.

Check out our gallery from the evening here…

You can find more from Adam Thorn here

Words and photos by Andrew Barrell

21st January 2020

Live – Slug Money at Acapulco Bar

Slug Money, Acapulco Bar Portsmouth, 20th December 2019

We get lots of feedback on Breaking Glass saying that people use the site to find new music so here’s a little early Christmas present for you…

Slug Money are born from the depths of the Portsmouth music scene, a relatively small area which nonetheless boasts several growing festivals and a host of independent venues. With a chaos filled performance split between the stage and the crowd and an assault by a wall of vociferous guitars and drums, Slug Money are not a band you’ll forget easily, or want to. They have an energy reminiscent of early Stooges with some added humour and, as Iggy Pop himself once said, ‘What some people would call antics I would just call a good show’. Despite the disarray, make no mistake that their ability is assured given their past ventures – if you’ve ever chanced upon Melt Dunes, Make Them All Smile or Violet Mud then you’ll be pleased to see some familiar faces back in action. Having already supported the likes of Japanese TV, Flamingods and The Wants, things look pretty auspicious for the band. Keep an eye out for live dates and prepare for your senses to be whipped.

Here’s our gallery from their set at Acapulco Bar on Friday…

You can find Slug Money here

Words and photos by Siobhan

23rd December 2019

 

Exhibition – The Clash: London Calling (Museum of London)

Exhibition, Museum of London, 15th November 2019 – 19th April 2020
The Clash: London Calling

Header photo – At the London Calling video shoot on the River Thames, 1979 © Pennie Smith

A band firmly born into the punk scene, over time The Clash introduced elements of reggae, dub, rockabilly, funk and ska into their music, bringing a whole new range of genres to a much wider audience. Their double LP London Calling was met with enthusiasm from music critics and fans alike and the album quickly cemented its place in rock history. In a review written shortly after its release, Rolling Stone’s Tom Carson wrote:

‘Merry and tough, passionate and large spirited, London Calling celebrates the romance of rock & roll rebellion in grand, epic terms. It doesn’t merely reaffirm The Clash’s own commitment to rock-as-revolution. Instead, the record ranges across the whole of rock & roll’s past for its sound, and digs deeply into rock legend, history, politics and myth for its images and themes… It’s so rich and far reaching that it leaves you not just exhilarated but exalted and triumphantly alive’.

Now 40 years since it hit the shelves, a new exhibition celebrating the album and the band has opened its doors, offering a glimpse behind the scenes and recalling some great memories along the way.

Photos: Left – Handwritten album sequence note by Mick Jones © The Clash

Top right – A preliminary sketch by Ray Lowry for the cover artwork of the 1979 album London Calling by The Clash circa September 1979  © Samuel Lowry

Bottom right – A lyric fragment in Joe Strummer’s handwriting for the song Lost in the Supermarket, the 4 lines in black ink on the reverse of an Ernie Ball custom gauge strings paper envelope, the lyrics representing the chorus of the song  © Casbah Productions Ltd

Details from the press release:

‘The Museum of London is pleased to announce that the highly anticipated The Clash: London Calling, a free exhibit showcasing a collection of over 150 items from The Clash’s personal archive including notes, clothing, images and music, many previously unseen, is now open and free to view until 19th April 2020.

When The Clash’s third album London Calling was released in the winter of 1979, it was clear that the band had made an instant classic, an era defining masterpiece which still stands as one of rock’s all-time greatest albums.

London Calling was, and is, a hugely compelling melting pot of musical styles, driven by a passion for action and a fierce political anger, with music and lyrics which remain as relevant today as they were on release. As well as showcasing influences and context for the writing and recording of the seminal double album, this new exclusive exhibit at the Museum of London will also examine how the capital influenced The Clash as they became the most popular British band of the 20th century’.

Photos: Left – A 1950’s Gibson ES-295 with a white finish inside a hardshell contour case with orange plush lining; the guitar was used by Mick Jones during recording of the London Calling album and in the music video for the title track of the album, released as a single in December 1979 © The Clash

Top right – White shirt and leather jacket worn by The Clash © The Clash

Bottom right – Simonon’s Fender Precision bass was damaged on stage at The Palladium in New York City on 20th September 1979, as Simonon smashed it on the floor in an act of spontaneous and complete frustration © The Clash

The exhibition includes some instantly recognisable pieces alongside newly displayed items. Visitors will have the opportunity to view Paul Simonon’s smashed bass, the resulting photo of which appeared on the iconic album cover, a handwritten album sequence note by Mick Jones showing the final and correct order for all 4 sides of the album, one of Joe Strummer’s lyric notebooks and Topper Headon’s drum sticks, his only remaining items from this time. Additionally there will be previously unshown photos by legendary rock photographer Pennie Smith and original drafts from cartoonist and artist Ray Lowry’s sketchbooks, including the preliminary and final drafts for the album artwork.

Whether you’re a fan of the band, the era or just general music history, this exhibition will take you on a nostalgic journey while highlighting the differences between making music in the 70s and now. You can also become your own tour guide by downloading the free Smartify app to discover more detail about the artefacts on display as you look around.

If you’re in London in the next few months, take a trip down memory lane and check out the stories behind an album that has become, in its own right, a classic of our time.

Photo – The Clash on stage © Pennie Smith

The Clash: London Calling runs from 15th November 2019 – 19th April 2020

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Opening times: Daily 10-6, galleries close at 5.40, closed 24th-26th December
Free entry – please check the website for further details of this and other exhibitions before visiting

All images and exhibition details are reproduced with permission from the Museum of London and are copyrighted as credited

Words excluding press release by Siobhan

6th December 2019

 

Live – The Ninth Wave + Walt Disco at The Green Door Store

The Ninth Wave / Walt Disco, The Green Door Store Brighton, 17th November 2019

Over the years Glasgow has borne an illustrious list of musical talent and the tradition seems to be in no danger of stopping any time soon. Touring with their now complete two part debut album Infancy, The Ninth Wave arrive in Brighton bringing a slice of synth driven avant garde swathed in red lights and distorted strobes.

As an added bonus, support comes from their near neighbours Walt Disco. With a performance brimming with the glam and fervour of the 80s’ Blitz Kids, the band go from strength to strength live, adding their own brand of contemporary glittering new wave pop to the heady influences from the past. Finishing up with riff laden Drowning in your Velvet Bed, they receive the warmest of receptions. Not content with choosing between style and substance, Walt Disco have copious amounts of both, with a captivating vocal thrown in for good measure.

With their reputation building and live dates across the country selling out, The Ninth Wave are heading very conspicuously out from under the radar to grab the attention of fans and the music press alike. Their performance, like their sound, is dark and intense at first glance but there are undeniably lighter dance hooks beneath the goth-art density of tracks like Half Pure. With nostalgic nods to The Cure, Japan and possibly even Tears for Fears if they’d been up all night watching Klaus Nomi videos, the double vocal is hypnotic and urgent at the same time. With the crowd left shouting for more, their set is over all too soon and there is little doubt that they could be filling much bigger venues in the not too distant future. Theatricality aside, The Ninth Wave are developing a stockpile of strong songs and a presence that suggests greater things to come.

Get both of these bands firmly on your Christmas list… more from Walt Disco here and The Ninth Wave here

Words and photos by Siobhan

19th November 2019

Live – LIFE + Night Flowers at The Green Door Store

LIFE / Night Flowers, The Green Door Store Brighton, 11th November 2019

With venues showing mixed fortunes in opening and closing around Brighton, it’s good to see The Green Door Store continuing to play host to some packed shows across differing music genres. Tonight is a great example of that with hazy dream pop quintet Night Flowers opening up for their sonically abrasive punk pals LIFE.

There’s a buzz around both bands and Night Flowers take the opportunity to treat the crowd to songs from their new album Fortune Teller, opening with some definite 80’s guitar influences on Lotta Love and the shimmery Merry-Go-Round. Think Fleetwood Mac via Soccer Mommy and Alvvays and you have a glimpse into the embracing warmth of Night Flowers’ sound. Despite their quip that ‘You can blame LIFE if you don’t like us’ there are no worries on that score as their songs are well received and it seems they may well have picked up some new fans along the way – their perfect pop harmonies are a welcome prelude to what’s to come later in the night. Night Flowers end their set with Fireworks – the vocal rather than pyrotechnic type but still a captivating show and a clear sign that it’s well worth checking out their recorded material.

As expected, things take a slightly more disorderly turn as LIFE take to the stage and change the tempo, kicking straight into Excites Me and some fine dance moves to boot. A lot of fans have clearly come from the IDLES’ camp but if you take the music at face value it’s more akin to the wrath of Dead Kennedys mixed with the cynical humour of Half Man Half Biscuit, and definitely has some depth amongst the plethora of angry post-punk that’s filling the current airwaves. That said, LIFE are not shy of adding a political tone or tackling social issues in their music with tracks including Half Pint Fatherhood and It’s in Your Hands prompting the inevitable mosh pit and expeditions from stage to crowd. It’s a strong performance and it’s fair to say that everyone goes home happy. Also with a new album on the table, take a listen to A Picture of Good Health for more.

Check out more from LIFE here and Night Flowers here

Words and photos by Siobhan

13th November 2019

Live – Warmduscher + Lazarus Kane at Chalk

Warmduscher / Lazarus Kane, Chalk Brighton, 8th November 2019

As intro music goes, Welcome to the Jungle is up there as a bold choice and as the opening riffs kick in, Lazarus Kane hits the stage at Chalk, Brighton’s newest venue risen from the ashes of The Haunt. With an immediate crowd reaction, and it’s a big crowd, it’s obvious that there’s a lot of anticipation for the support act tonight. Having recently released the mesmeric Narcissus through Speedy Wunderground, it’s a pleasure to see its live incarnation along with a set full of equally high calibre material.

With discernible nods to Talking Heads, New Order and a spoken drawl straight from Larry Hagman’s finishing school, the Lazarus Kane ‘family’ keep energy levels high with bouncing synths, guitars and drum machines. It’s a powerful performance and it surely won’t be long before they’re taking the headline spot on bigger stages; I’m very much looking forward to seeing what comes next. For now, they leave us with a sound recommendation, ”Who’s excited for Warmduscher? They got the slickest tunes and the slickest trousers I ever saw!” And you can’t say fairer than that. 

Warmduscher do indeed bring an array of slick trousers and with them a huge set of  tunes blending post punk and pulsating electro sleaze. Heading straight into Big Wilma, the party atmosphere starts and doesn’t let up for the next hour. Bringing their atypical new album Tainted Lunch on tour, the tracks are received with the reverence of old favourites with highlights in Midnight Dipper, Grape Face and the wonderfully titled Disco Peanuts. And there are some actual old favourites interspersed throughout the setlist too; the mix of thumping bass, rap and soul laden backing vocals of Standing on the Corner hard to beat.

Crossing over genres the way they do, it’s hard to define Warmduscher’s sound or style. In reality, all you need to know is that this is a band that have plucked the best elements of their past musical forays and melded them into a force of nature to be reckoned with. It’s less dirty dancing, more filthy disco – let’s hope there’s more to come. I’m always wary of slinging around the ‘gig of the year’ accolade but with these two acts in one night, this has to be a serious contender.

A double recommendation – click through for more from Warmduscher and Lazarus Kane

Words and photos by Siobhan

11th November 2019

Live – Feeder at Portsmouth Pyramids

Feeder, Portsmouth Pyramids, 1st November 2019

Tonight’s sold out show at Portsmouth Pyramids marks the start of Feeder’s UK tour in support of their new album Tallulah. There’s clearly still a lot of love on the south coast for the guys and I have to admit that, back in the day, I used to love Feeder. Seeing them play at HMV on Commercial Road to promote the single Crash back in 1997 was insanely good fun, and my mates and I never missed a show when they were in town. Though shortly after the release of their second album Yesterday Went Too Soon, both me and Feeder went our separate ways, and it would appear we’ve both changed since falling in love 23 years ago. But, 10 albums in, Feeder are still going strong and you know what? Fair play to them.

Back to the show though, and frontman Grant Nicholas announces that “Tonight is a night for new music!” A quick glance at tonight’s setlist torpedoes any hope I had of hearing an old classic such as Stereo World, Cement or W.I.T. but I’m probably the only one here who cares. Kicking things off with new album opener Youth, the set ticks along nicely enough at a steady pace. It’s only when they break into fan favourite Come Back Around that the crowd actually begins to move about a bit. Halfway through, they play Kyoto which is a lot heavier than anything else they’ve played this evening, and it’s a welcome relief from the slower material that’s come so far. Still, the end of the set draws on older material that seems to get everyone dancing (particularly Buck Rogers – the song about a CD player, player, player, etc.)

Tonight’s encore is rounded off with Just a Day, by which point teenage me feels a little sad that he didn’t get to relive those glory days by crowdsurfing to Tangerine. But, I can’t help leaving with nothing but respect for Feeder; after all these years, they’re still a great live band, and they do what they do well.


Catch the latest from Feeder here

Words by Ryan Howarth
Photos by Hannah Mesquitta

9th November 2019