Being in one of Manchester’s many rock nights after at least one too many, not much makes me happier than hearing the introduction that makes the entire room yell “doo d-d-doo” four times before ‘Just A Day’ by British rock heavyweights Feeder kicks in. The entire room unites singing and dancing along to a song that absolutely everyone there knows and loves.
A lot has changed since Feeder were churning out big hitters such as ‘Buck Rogers’ and even a change of pace in mellower number ‘Feeling A Moment’. Eighth studio album ‘Generation Freakshow’ demonstrates how this band have broken from the huge choruses that everyone expects. Unfortunately, they’ve ended up with a very mediocre indie-rock sound, which is nothing more than a watered down version of what they used to be.
Opening track ‘Oh My’ sets the tone for the rest of the album, being mildly upbeat, a little catchy but nothing outstanding that will stay with you. The main exception being ‘Idaho’, which is actually catchy enough to make you come back for more listens. Even slightly darker track ‘Headstrong’ whilst having more bite to it just sounds like the heaviest offering of indie 5-piece Maximo Park.
The main problem that Feeder face is that they’re always going to be judged by their own standards. Ballad-like ‘Quiet’ and the upbeat title-track provide some much needed diversity to the album, but neither are good enough to stand against many of the band’s previous offerings. Overall, this album is far from a terrible one, but everybody knows that Feeder can do a hell of a lot better. At least they can take solace in the fact that everyone will always love the classics.
Written by Jonathon Barlow