The Top 100 Reading Bands Of The 2000s No.41: Feeder
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21st Century Appearances: 2008 Main Stage, 2006 Main Stage, 2002 Radio One Evening Session Stage, 2001 Main Stage
The Defining Reading Moment: Spicing up 2008′s tried and tested setlist with a belting cover of “Breed” by Nirvana.
You won’t find many bands more suited to festivals than Feeder. Sure there may not be truck loads of tickets purchased purely on the basis of Feeder being there, but they are welcome on any festivals lineup. Regardless of what the weather is doing they have so many up lifting summery anthems, they will always lift everyones spirits and get everyone in that festival mood. They are another band which I think are deserving of their place on the list not so much for one particular unforgettable performance but for a host of consistently solid sets.
The bands first full length album Polythene was released in 1997 and 14 years later the band are still releasing albums quite regularly. The fact they’re still doing this is testament to how good a songwriter frontman Grant Nicholas is. Be it a ridiculously catchy rockier pop anthem such as ‘Buck Rogers’ or ‘Just A Day’ like the band are most well known for, or a slower song which shows off Grants writing ability like ‘Yesterday Went Too Soon’ or ‘Turn’, he knows what makes a great track.
If we were doing this list 10 years ago or even in 10 years time I wouldnt be surprised if Feeder were sitting in a high spot on both. This band have as many albums and festival performances left in them as they like. Craig Brooks