X-clusive: Feeder On New Album And Charity Gig
Grant from Feeder has been speaking to Xfm about why they chose to work with War Child, how their trip to the Congo inspired them all, and why having a daughter may have effected the sound of their next album.
Between writing, recording, shopping and spending time with his daughter, Feeder frontman Grant Nicholas, took some time out to speak exclusively to Xfm. Having already written more than ten tracks for their next album, Grant was keen to tell us about what we can expect.
“Its sounding good, a lot rockier than our previous stuff,so it’ll be interesting to see what people think of it…..It’s good, I mean it’s a bit more guitary than our last record, a bit more upbeat. I think people who liked some of our earlier stuff are gonna like it, but it’s done in a slightly different way….there’s a few quite poppy songs as well, I dunno, maybe having a young daughter’s keeping me on the edge! [laughs]" [listen]
And with what seemed to be a reference to the tragic suicide of their original drummer Jon Lee in 2002, Grant explained how people tend to make misconceptions about the depressing nature of their songs.
“People always say that 'Oh, your songs are all so sad and depressing and always look on the past', but its not really it’s just about general day-to-day stuff. I think people often look into things, because of our past, and think I’m always writing about that, and it isn’t always the case.” [listen]
But these days the band are putting their past behind them and using their notoriety to raise money and awareness for War Child. Having already donated two tracks to the charity this November they’ll be two fundraising Feeder shows. Grant explained why they felt moved to get involved in this particular cause..
“We all often get approached by different charities but this one in particular really struck a chord with us.We actually went out to the Congo with War Child and really this is a follow-up to that trip. It was an amazing trip, a great experience, and a real eye opener but it was physically tough and we went to some of these shelters and we went North and met a lot of these ex-child soldiers who have been through the most horrendous things.
"Its just made us feel even more involved and we just felt if there was a way we could raise a large amount of money then we would. And then the idea to do two more Feeder concerts came up.” [listen]
“We’ll have a few special guests as well on both nights, maybe singing a song or a cover version with us. I’m not sure who its gonna be yet. We’ve got a few people pencilled in but I can’t say who they are yet." [listen]
The shows will take place at The Roundhouse in Camden on November 6 and The Coronet in Elephant & Castle on November 9.
Tickets for both gigs went on sale Friday September 22 priced £25 (plus booking fee) and are available from the 24 hour credit card hotline on 0871 220 0260 or online from www.gigsandtours.com, www.feederweb.com or www.warchildmusic.com.
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