Just the way I’m feel­ing at fes­ti­val

Rochdale Observer - - WHAT’S ON WITH ALL ACROSS THE ARTS - Steve@aata.me

NINETIES leg­ends Feeder rocked the packed Town Hall Square when they head­lined the Feel­good Fes­ti­val with a set that re­flected their lat­est re­lease, the best­selling Feeder The Best Of.

The new al­bum cov­ers their 10 stu­dio albums, in­clud­ing hit sin­gles such as Just the Way I’m Feel­ing, Buck Rogers and Lost and Found, plus nine newly-recorded tracks.

Af­ter their sound check, I caught up with Grant Ni­cholas, founder mem­ber and main man (Feeder is named af­ter his pet gold­fish) and bassist since 1994, Ja­panese ex-pat Taka Hirose.

Grant said: “Feel­good is our first ever free fes­ti­val and our first time in Rochdale.

“We are in the mid­dle of mak­ing a new record which will be out next year, then more tour­ing and hope­fully come back to Rochdale.”

I asked them what they put their longevity down to. Grant said: “I think that peo­ple al­ways like gui­tar bands. It is great that there is such a vi­brant live mu­sic scene for bands like our­selves.

“We like to write songs that are an­themic, but we also like to rock out at times with a good thread of melody in there.

“Peo­ple re­late to melody – you can be as heavy as you like but peo­ple need some­thing to hook on to.”

Grant gave an in­sight into his song­writ­ing tech­nique, say­ing: “I usu­ally start on acous­tic guitars with lyrics com­ing at the same time.

“I used to start with the melody and then try and work out the lyrics in the stu­dio, like a lot of peo­ple do.

“If I sit down to write, some­thing usu­ally hap­pens. Some of the best ideas come re­ally quickly, some of the best songs come to me al­most ready writ­ten.

“Some­times I will get a good line when go­ing for a walk, an al­bum ti­tle, a song ti­tle or a lyric.

“I find the news and news­pa­pers a use­ful source of ideas.”

They had some great ad­vice for young bands. Taka said: “Don’t take no for an an­swer. Play mu­sic you en­joy, lis­ten to mu­sic, but don’t be led by what’s the trend.”

Grant added: “The key is hav­ing a good song, it doesn’t mat­ter what style of mu­sic you play. If you have got a good song it will even­tu­ally come through.

“Don’t rush to sign with any dodgy man­ager, there are a lot of bad man­agers out there that can kill bands.

“Man­age your­self for as long as you can and hope­fully you will find the right per­son at the end.”

Feeder head­lin­ing the Rochdale Feel­good Fes­ti­val

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