REVIEW OF THE NEW ALBUM BY ‘FEEDER’ ‘TORPEDO’

 

 

 

TORPEDO RELEASED ON 18TH MARCH 2022 

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“Torpedo” is the follow-up to 2019’s “Tallulah” which peaked at No 4 on the Official UK Albums Chart, becoming their highest charting album since 2005’s Gold-Certified “Pushing The Senses”.

Feeder is lead singer and guitarist, Grant Nicholas and bass guitarist, Taka Hirose formed in Newport in 1992. They have released 11 studio albums, 12 compilations, four EPs and 40 singles, spending a combined total of 183 weeks on the singles and albums charts, while accumulating 25 top 75 singles between 1997 and 2012. At their peak of commercial success, Feeder won two Kerrang! Awards in 2001 and 2003 and they were inducted into their Hall of Fame in August 2019.

Their latest release “Torpedo” is a heavy power pop record with layered lush guitars, reminiscent of the grunge Seattle sound of the early ’90s; a subtle nod to bands like Soundgarden, Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam, mixed with Britpop icons like The Manics and Ash. It still has all the elements that make a Feeder record, full of melody and big punchy choruses, but it also has an underlying aggression, a cataclysm of guitars heavy on distortion and riffs.

 

 

Like a lot of records that have been released of late, and I don’t mean this in a negative way, this is a record born out of the pandemic and isolation and it drips with references to that horrible time in everyone’s life. That strange period of time for the rest of us turned out to be a very creative and productive time for many artists, as they used the forced time at home, writing, recording and producing some amazing records, and this is no exception. Art out of adversity, now that is a beautiful thing.

Torpedo is a record full of positivity and purpose, Grant Nicholas himself has said the purpose of “Torpedo” was to be an “uplifting record”, and on that count, they nailed it.

 

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this record and maybe it didn’t re-invent the wheel, so to speak, but when the wheel works this well, it doesn’t need reinventing, it’s a record that will satiate Feeder fans whilst appealing to people who aren’t fully aware of what a great rock band Feeder truly is.

7.5/10

 

 

TRACKLISTING

‘The Healing’

‘Torpedo’

‘When It All Breaks Down

‘Magpie’

‘Hide And Seek’

‘Decompress’

‘Wall Of Silence’

‘Slow Strings’

‘Born To Love You’

‘Submission’

‘Desperate Hour’ (Exclusive CD track)

 

 

FEEDER TOUR DATES 2022

April23 Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion24 Oxford, Academy26 Southampton, Guildhall27 Bristol, Academy29 Manchester, Academy30 Glasgow, BarrowlandsMay02 Newcastle, University03 Nottingham, Rock City05 Birmingham, Institute​06 London, Brixton Academy

 

 

 

 

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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i'm blessed and get to combine both. Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.

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