Feeder are a 3 piece British alternative rock band, consisting of Grant Nicholas on guitar and vocals, Taka Hirose on bass and Karl Brazil on drums. Past members have been their founding member, Jon Lee, who committed suicide in 2001, and Skunk Anansie drummer, Mark Richardson, who left in 2009 due to Skunk reforming and band differences.
The band, originally named 'Reel', went though quite a few name changes. The band first started as 'Temper Temper', a electro duo formed when Grant and Jon first met in their hometown of Newport, Wales during their teenage years. The duo became a full band called 'Rain Dance' but when both of these acts failed to find record deals, they formed a three piece band called 'Real'. The name was then changed to 'Reel' when they fired the bassist and found Taka Hirose, who placed an advert in a local paper, stating he was a bassist looking for a band. Finally, they changed their name to 'Feeder', after Grant's pet goldfish at the time. In 2010 they changed their name to 'Renegades', and did a miniature tour of the UK under this name, before settling back to the normal band name.
In 2001, Jon Lee committed suicide in his Miami home; the band were about to call it quits until Jon's family urged them to continue. They were joined by Mark Richardson, Skunk Anansie's drummer, who went on to leave the band and return to Skunk in 2009, being replaced by Karl Brazil.
- Studio Albums:
- Yesterday Went To Soon
- Echo Park
- Comfort In Sound
- Pushing The Senses
- Silent Cry
- Generation Freakshow
- All Bright Electric
- E Ps
- Another Yesterday
- Swim (re-release)
- Best Days In The Sun
- Picture Of Perfect Youth (b-sides collection)
- Feeder: The Singles (greatest hits)
Tropes that apply to the band:
- Album Title Drop: Most of their albums do this. Seen with Swim, Polythene, Yesterday Went Too Soon, Comfort in Sound, Pushing the Senses, Silent Cry, Renegades and Generation Freakshow.
- B-Side : "Picture Of Perfect Youth", a 2 disc set which covers 36 of them from the "Polythene" to "Comfort In Sound" era. Due to how prolific the band was there are still quite a few that were left out of the compilation.
- Greatest Hits Album: "The Singles" which contained three new tracks.
- New Sound Album: Any album after Echo Park.
- Performance Video: The videos for "Pushing The Senses" and "Comfort In Sound".
- The video for "Just a Day" takes an interesting spin on this: it's fans miming along to the song in their bedrooms.
- Post-Britpop/Post-Grunge: Their sound could be seen as a combination of both of these genres.
- Precision F-Strike: Feeder have only sworn once in a studio recorded song: the single Day In, Day Out has the lyrics "Taste the bullshit on a plane, we just pissed our lives away".
- Protest Song: "We Are The People" was seen as an example of this, but "In Times of Crisis" could be seen as a protest to the war in Iraq.
- Rearrange the Song: Whilst it still rocks, the single mix of Shatter was remixed to be less raw and more radio friendly, when compared to the original B-Side/Japanese bonus track version. Noticeably it's less distorted, the percussion panning is different, and the remix removed some shouted lines from the chorus.
- Debbie Harry of Blondie and actor Steve McQueen in "Under The Weather".
- Black Sabbath in "Circles"
- Re-release the Song: Two of the band's hits, "Just A Day" and "Shatter", were originally released as B-Sides, but then released as singles in their own right for the "Gran Turismo 3 Soundtrack" and "The Singles" respectively. At the time of their B-Side releases, fans regarded them as Wasted Song s and though unrelated, there were band petitions asking for them to be singles.
- Stop and Go: "Just a Day" does this, to the point that it's made fun of in the video, which consists entirely of fans rocking out to the song in their bedrooms, and has a group of fans pausing the song at that exact point to have a quick cup of tea before resuming the head banging.