David Dunn

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IT’S a testament to loyalty and/or Grant Nicholas’s winning formula that Feeder can virtually fill a set with new songs and still create a furore.

Back for a select handful of intimate shows to usher in just-released eighth album Generation Freakshow, the Feeder hardcore filled a venue that once saw this band supported by Muse.

“We’ve got some amazing memories of this place,” Grant confirmed as he and fellow original Taka Hirose showcased the first new Feeder tracks since their Renegades departure.

That era’s harder edge is displayed in songs such Tiny Minds and the title track but there’s familiarity to these unfamiliar songs; Feeder have not so much echoed but referenced past glories and to have many of these stadium shaking to lighter-waving anthems in such a close environment adds to the thrill.

There’s bounce in newbies such as Idaho and the gentler Sunrise while Grant’s vocal maturity shines on acoustic Children Of The Sun, the next single here tendered as a calm before the storm encore; Buck Rogers swiftly followed to ensure this non-typical show headed towards a typical style finish.

With classic hits Feeling A Moment and Just The Way I’m Feeling placed like old friends, it is evident Feeder haven’t broken the mould or are likely to spark the youthful revolution their album title might suggest.

They are celebrating their strengths again, however. And, as ever, there’ll be plenty to celebrate with them.